Hanging Basket Tips

 

Date: July 1st, 2015

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Hanging baskets of flowers are a great way to liven your deck, patio or porch! Follow these tips to make sure your hanging basket thrives:


Hanging Flower Basket



Tips to keep your hanging baskets thriving:

1. Water Wisely - remember, overwatering is just killing a plant with kindness! Plants need water but their roots also need oxygen - when waterlogged, roots can't get the oxygen it requires. With this being said, underwatering is just as bad! Monitor the soil in your hanging basket for wetness/dryness.

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  • Consider using a watering wand to save both your hose end and your back. You may wish to place another ground sitting container of plants under your hanging baskets to benefit from the run off of water and liquid fertilizer from above. Hanging baskets placed up high on pulleys makes lowering them for watering a breeze.

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2. Fertilize - use an all-purpose fertilizer such as Miracle-Gro for feeding your hanging basket plants. Add a slow-release fertilizer when you first plant. 

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  • For simple feeding, use a product such as Osmocote PotShots. It's the ideal way to conveniently feed hanging baskets, tubs, pots, window boxes, or any plant in a container and one application feeds for 9 months.

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3. Rotate - hanging baskets are often hung on a porch or deck where they're exposed to sunlight on only one side. For even, healthy growth, rotate the baskets every couple of days.

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Be Choosy

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  • Choose plants with trailing stems so that they will hide their container from view when fully grown, or use wire baskets lined with coco or moss for a more natural look. You can also hide a plastic pot by sinking it in a wooden woven basket and hanging it with S-hooks.

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  • Choose plants suited for the same growing conditions for the same basket. Plants such as impatiens and ferns that are shade lovers won't grow well with geraniums that love the sun.

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  • Choose colors and plants suitable to the location the basket will be hung in. For example, red and white geraniums in a sunny location look fabulous when hung near a window painted with blue or dark green trim. Be creative - let your inner Martha Stewart out!

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  • Use dark green or silver-grey leaved plants to fill in between those that bloom in bright colors. Asparagus Fern and Dusty Miller Artemesia are great choices for this.

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  • Plants with vivid colors and large blooms work best in hanging baskets that will be seen from a distance. Geraniums and tuberous begonias are excellent choices here.

  • Hang baskets planted with fragrant flowering plants at nose level near the front door for a refreshing pick-me-up when entering and leaving.

  • Consider mixing dramatically different textures of foliage when choosing your plants. This adds texture to your arrangement and heightens the visual interest.

  • Use long trailing vines like periwinkle or trailing nasturtiums to reinforce the drama and romance of a hanging basket. These vines may grow up to 3 feet or more!

  • Stagger the heights of 3 or more baskets for a dramatic effect.

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  • In windy locations, use swivel hooks to allow the baskets to rotate 360 degrees. This makes the wind less damaging to the plants and reduces the chances of your baskets being broken in falls.

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