Keeping hanging baskets beautiful!
What you’ll need:
Flowering Hanging Basket
Fertilome 20-20-20 Plant Food
Optional: Osmocote 14-14-14 Plant Food
Step 1: Choose sun or shade. Be sure to choose a basket that will do well in the location it will be hanging. Most baskets do well in sun, while others do best in shade or part shade.
Shade loving flowers include begonias, fuchsias, coleus, and impatiens.
Step 2: Water often! Water until the water begins draining out of the holes in the bottom of the basket. Most hanging baskets will require daily watering when the weather is hot. They dry out MUCH faster than flowers planted in the ground or even in planters.
Baskets in the shade will probably not require watering as often. Lift the basket to feel how heavy it is. If it is heavy it is probably wet. If it is light it needs water.
If the container dries out too much the soil might shrink from the sides of the pot. Go around the edge of the pot pushing soil into the void with your thumbs, so that the water doesn’t just run down the sides and out the bottom. Then water it several times to re-soak the soil mix.
Step 3: Feed weekly! Feed with Fertilome 20-20-20 Water Soluble Plant Food every week. Because hanging baskets are watered so often they require more frequent feedings. Feeding is critical to keep your baskets blooming beautifully all season long.
Optional: For even better results, also feed once with Osmocote 14-14-14 Plant Food when you first purchase your hanging basket. This will feed your plants all season long, but it should be in addition to the weekly feed mentioned above.
Step 4: Prune off spent flowers. Every week or two, pick off spent flowers. This is not required, but will keep your baskets looking fresh and vibrant.
Step 5: Enjoy. Following these simple steps will result in beautiful flowering baskets that you will enjoy all summer long.