Hanging baskets require a little bit of care during the growing season. You will need to provide enough water and fertilizer to ensure that it grows well and remove dead flowers to encourage more blooms. You should also monitor for insects and other diseases.
The most important thing to remember is to water the basket on a regular basis. Hanging baskets require more water than other plants in containers. This is because all sides of the basket are exposed. During hot dry spells they require water every day, sometimes twice a day. A general rule is to water the basket when the top inch of soil has become dry. Continue adding water until it is pouring out the bottom of the basket. There should be good drainage in the bottom of the basket to ensure that the roots do not drown.
Plants get most of their nutrients from the soil through their roots. Watering can wash the nutrients away. In general hanging baskets benefit from frequent feeding. It is best to use a slow release fertilizer that breaks down over a period of time rather than releasing all at once. We recommend SmartCote™ 14-14-14 Hanging Basket fertilizer. One application breaks down over a 6 month period so one application lasts the entire summer.
Removing Dead Flowers
You should remove dead flowers from the plants to encourage more flowers. If dead flowers are left on the plants they consume energy by developing seeds instead of making more flowers. Removing the dead flowers encourages the plant to produce more flowers.
Pests and Insects
You may experience problems with pest or insects. The insects and pests you might have the most trouble with are those that fly or those that drop from trees overhead. A healthy, well-watered, well-fed basket is less likely to have insect or pest problems. If you notice and pests or diseases on your hanging basket, bring a piece of the plant in a sealed bag to one of our qualified staff and we would be happy to have a look and determine if there is a solution.