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IMPORTANT REFERENCE LINKS:
- The Perfect Hanging Basket Plant – Million Bells
- How To Grow Hanging Baskets From Seed
- Fertilizing Hanging Baskets
- Worm Castings – The Perfect All Purpose Fertilizer
Show Outline / Show Notes – Hanging Basket Care – How To Keep Your Hanging Baskets Gorgeous!
Hanging baskets & container add instant color and interest to the landscape
But for many gardeners, by mid-summer, many of their gorgeous baskets start to fade.
Jim’s Stolen Basket Story
5 Simple Secrets To Keep Hanging Baskets Beautiful
#1 Start With Small Plants & Bigger Pots – Hanging Basket Care
Avoid overly large early season baskets
Good early growth, but the roots are already too large
Many growers plant baskets as early as November or December indoors to create gorgeous baskets for early spring.
The issue is that the plants have already nearly outgrown their containers.
At the same time, they have used up every bit of nutrients in the soil as well.
Instead, choose hanging baskets that are just beginning to fill out their containers. These are the baskets you can grow slowly with proper care, and that you can make last all season long.
#2 Larger Containers / Or Re-pot To Larger Containers – Hanging Basket Care
In addition, stay away from hanging baskets that have smaller containers.
Not enough soil in small baskets to keep plants going all year.
Avoid using or purchasing 12″ to 14″ basket sizes, and instead select ones at least 16″ to 18″ in diameter.
Or, transplant to 16 to 18″ to buy on the less expensive side.
More soil and more room = better long term growth.
#3 Fertilizing – Slow, Steady & Lightly – Hanging Basket Care
Without additional fertilizer applied throughout the season, hanging baskets will begin to fade.
Hanging baskets, just like flowers planted in containers, have limited soil fertility.
Even if you use the best planting mix, it will eventually run out of power.
But it is how and when you apply fertilizer that is the biggest secret of all when it comes to long-term success! If you apply fertilizer in heavy doses, it will grow plants too quickly. The end result is an oversized plant that is finished by mid-summer.
The key is to apply a lighter ( weaker) dose more often. As in every few weeks to keep plants supplied with a steady and slow feed of nutrients.
This can be best be accomplished with a liquid feeding of an organic fertilizer, or using liquid compost tea or worm casting tea.
#4) Top Dressing With Worm Castings
We use a two-fold approach to fertilizing. First, we apply a 1/4 cup of worm castings to the top level of the basket’s soil every month.
Worm castings are the perfect slow release fertilizer. Every time you water, the nutrients leach down through the soil and are absorbed by the roots.
We then apply a light dose of liquid fertilizer every two weeks as well. We opt for either worm casting tea or compost tea.
If you are using a commercial liquid fertilizer mix, use at 1/4 ot 1/2 of the recommended strength ever 10 to 14 days. This supplies a slow dose without pumping up the plants too quickly. (Product Link : Jobes Organic Fertilizer)
You will be amazed at the results!
#5 Watering With A Consistent Approach
Our #3 tip is a big one for sure! The quickest way to weaken a hanging basket plant is to let it go too long without water.
Get in the habit of watering your baskets at the same time every day. Not only does it help the plant with regular watering, it helps you remember to do it!
The best time to water is in the early morning so plants can withstand the heat of the day. But if you come home on a scorcher and they look wilted, don’t wait till morning – give them a second dose.
Double Up Watering In Mid-Summer
As baskets grow larger in mid-summer, they will probably need to be watered once in the morning, and once in the evening. Constant and consistent watering, or the lack of it, is almost always the reason for early hanging basket failure.
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