Flowering Basket / Patio Pot Care
Here are a few tips to enjoy months of continuous flower color at home:
1. Site Correctly - Select a planted container to match your home environment and desired level of care. Happy plants need the right amount of light, water, fertilizer, and care to thrive.
2. Water appropriately
Water in the early morning. Spot water as needed later in afternoon
3. Weekly Care
o Fertilize with water soluble fertilizer. You can also use slow release granules or spikes once early in season instead.
o Deadhead spent flowers to promote increased flowering. Remove entire flower stem back to closest leaf, not just the actual bloom.
o General tidiness – trim branches for consistent shape, cut stem just below leaves.
o Do proactive ‘wellness health check’ – check for any insect damage or discoloration of leaves.
4. As needed care when issues arise
o Hot/windy conditions –take down your flowering basket to prevent damaged stems and excessive drying out on hot windy days.
o Bugs! A few bugs are normal on a container planter. However, when foliage turns yellow and undersides of leaves have eggs, there is a problem. Homemade and commercial insecticide soap is least invasive and work well. Otherwise, we do offer more aggressive insecticide products for purchase.
o Plants are going crazy and running out of room! It is normal by end of summer that plants may become root bound in their original containers limiting growth. Here are some simple ways to remedy this situation:
o Vacation care - it’s best to have a neighbor ‘plant sit’, but if that is not possible, move containers to shaded /sheltered place. Soil moist vacation mats are a great option that manufacturer boasts will slowly release water into plants for up to three weeks! Otherwise, water spickot timers teamed up with soaker hose from the local hardware store work well for flower beds and mass plantings.
o When in doubt, ask us!
REOPENING IN SPRING 2020 - Early May - July