So you purchased one of our big, beautiful, hanging baskets.
Now how do you get it to stay that way?
We start growing our baskets right here in our own greenhouses in Febraury! We give them lots of love and care so that when you come and buy them they are looking great.
One thing we hear from customers is that after a month or so after they purchase their baskets they just don't look as good as they did as when they bought them. After discussing what care (or lack of!) they have given the baskets after they left our greenhouse we usually can figure out what has happened.
Here are the most common mistakes people make and some solutions to them.
1. Make sure you put your basket in the right amount of light.
This is a very common mistake. People just buy a basket because they like it, not because it is the right basket for the space. Make sure to watch on a sunny day to really see how much sun you are getting in that place.
Here are some GENERAL guidelines:
Morning sun: Fuchsias, Impatiens, Bacopa, and Lobelia are great choices.
These plants DO NOT do well in direct, HOT, afternoon sun (12-4pm)!
Afternoon sun (12-4pm): Petunias, Million Bells, Geraniums
These plants need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day and can take the hot sun of the day.
Water your baskets BEFORE they get wilted! Push up on the bottom of your basket- if it feels light, it is dry. If you aren’t sure check to see if the soil feels dry- if the top inch or more of soil is dry- water right away. If your basket gets dried out it can go into shock and stop flowering.
DO NOT OVERWATER! If your basket looks wilty but is heavy you could be overwatering and the roots could be suffocating and rotting.
Your basket NEEDS food- and since it can’t get it from the ground, it is up to you to feed it. Use a water soluble fertilizer (Miracle-Gro or Jack’s Classic) at least once a week. Make sure that you follow the package directions- too much fertilizer can kill your plants.
4. Remove the dead flowers and foliage.
This will help your plants keep flowering all summer by not letting them produce seeds. Also, by removing dead and yellowing leaves you help keep disease and pests at bay.
When you deadhead, make sure that you are not just taking the dried up flowers off. Make sure that you are actually taking the seed pod off too! Many customers think that they are deadheading but they really aren't!
Million Bells like full sun and are popular because they don't need to be deadheaded!
Rosebud Impatiens are a very popular Mother's Day gift- just remember they will burn up in hot afternoon sun!
Petunias do well in sun and will flower better if deadheaded.
Geraniums do well in full sun and are more drought tolerant.
Trailing Impatiens are great for morning sun (NO hot afternoon sun!).