Hanging Basket Care
- Watering: Hanging baskets can dry out quickly, especially during hot weather. Make sure to water your hanging basket regularly. However, be careful not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot. It’s best to water the basket until the water runs out of the drainage holes, then let it drain completely before placing it back in its hanger. *A great way to check is after watering push up on the bottom of basket to see how heavy it is. Check daily by pushing up on the bottom, if it feels light or lifts off the hook it is time to water or water when showing a slight wilt.
- Fertilizing: Hanging baskets typically require regular fertilization to provide the nutrients they need to grow and bloom. Add slow-release granular fertilizer (start-n-grow) feeds for 2 months. Also great for all your plants, shrubs, and trees. Add liquid fertilizer (Miracle grow) 7-14 days Your heavy feeders’ petunias and calibrachoa feed weekly to ensure your plants stay healthy and vibrant.
- Pruning: Regular pruning can help keep your hanging basket looking tidy and promote new growth. Deadhead spent blooms, remove yellowing or damaged leaves, and trim back 1/3. *Note not all plants need to be deadheaded.
- Pest control: Keep an eye out for common pests like aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites, which can damage your plants. If you notice any signs of infestation, take immediate steps to control the problem, such as using insecticidal soap or horticultural oil.
- Take down during high winds and storms.
- Sunlight: Make sure your hanging basket receives the appropriate amount of sunlight for the types of plants it contains. Most hanging baskets prefer bright, indirect sunlight, but some may require full sun or partial shade. Our baskets with yellow tags are sun baskets for South, East or West exposure and purple tags are shade baskets for North or East exposure.
By following these basic care steps, your hanging basket should thrive and provide beautiful blooms for months to come.