Annual and Perennial Plant Care
Hanging Basket Care
Water often and thoroughly. Plants in containers generally need to be watered more often than if they were growing in the ground. This is especially true for hanging baskets because they are subject to drying winds. Reach up and lift the pot from below; if it feels light, it probably needs water. Put your finger one inch into the soil; if it is dry at that depth, water. In most areas you should expect to water hanging plants everyday, or even twice a day. Water should stream from the drainage holes when you water.
Deadhead blooming plants. As flowers fade and die, remove them by pinching them off where they meet the stem. This promotes the formation of new flowers.
Fertilize. Because you’ll be watering frequently, nutrients will leave the potting mix quickly. Feed the plants with a liquid fertilizer. We offer free fertilizer to our customers, that is diluted to the correct ration. Please bring a container/milk jug to take the fertilizer home.
Cut back leggy plants. If the plants start to look straggly, don’t be afraid to cut them back. While it might seem scary, plants such as verbena, petunias and impatiens, will produce denser new growth after a good cut.
Full Sun vs Part Shade
(list is a general guide)
“Full sun” definitely means at least six hours per day, but some plants such as vegetables really need eight to ten hours per day. “Partial sun” or “partial shade” means that the plant needs 3-6 hours of direct sun per day.
Full Sun- petunia, calibrachoa, verbena, marigolds, zinnia, salvia, sunflower, geranium, cosmos, vegetable starts, herbs, tomatoes, clematis, honeysuckle,
Shade- fuchsia, begonia, impatiens, torenia, coleus, ferns, bleeding hearts, astilbe, hostas, Jacob's ladder, solomon's seal, hellebore, hydrangea, johnny jump-ups, pansy