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Tips for planting a hanging basket


 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:57 pm    Post subject: Tips for planting a hanging basket Reply with quote

An old saying goes "don't put all your eggs in one basket", this saying definitely has some truth to it.
Sure, why put eggs in a basket at all when there are so many beautiful plants to populate that (hanging) basket instead.
Beautiful bedding plants such as Alyssum, Dwarf Fuchsia, Lobelia, Mimulus (Monkey flower), Coleus (flame nettle),, Nemesia, Impatiens (busy lizzie), Viola (pansy), Pelargonium (bedding geranium), Verbena and Petunia.

Like the window box, the hanging basket allows the gardener to add elevated colour to what may be a dull house exterior or garden.
In return for this lift, you must be prepared to devote some time to religiously watering and dead-heading your baskets occupants.
Forgetting to dead-head once in a while can be forgiven, but missing a watering or two can be the end of your baskets colour for the year.
Baskets are elevated so are more liable to drying out with winds, water evaporation will also take place rapidly in warm weather.
Check the baskets moisture levels daily, you will find that watering once a day (in the evening) will become the norm.
Because most hanging basket composts are peat-based, they can be very difficult to remoisten if they dry out.
So, I suggest that you add a quantity of well-rotted garden compost to most of the common peat-based container composts.
In addition, it will pay you to incorporate some water-retentive granules to the compost.
Commonly sold as "swell gel", these granules absorb moisture and provide a reserve of water for plants lest you forget your duties.

Even though gardeners usually apply a liquid feed every second or third watering, most will also use a slow release fertiliser as well.
A shake of "Osmocote" or some other slow fertiliser when filling the basket will aid steady and voluminous growth.
Watering, feeding, and dead-heading your plants regularly will put you well on the way to the heaving hanging basket look we all strive for.
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