by Bob the Gardener
Hanging baskets are a beautiful and versatile way to plant mixed blooms. They also make a great gift idea and, once planted, are relatively low maintenance. To keep your plants looking fresh all season, here are some of my care tips for hanging baskets:
Hanging Basket Maintenance
- Water often and thoroughly.
- Deadhead blooming plants (here is a useful article on deadheading flowers).
- In a mixed basket, replace plants as needed.
- Fertilize (see below).
- Cut back leggy plants.
Second to watering, fertilizer is the most important thing to keep your baskets looking great all season. By constantly feeding, you are ensuring that your plants maintain all the nutrition necessary to grow large and produce blooms. You should find your basket weekly with a water soluble fertilizer. I recommend using a 20-20-20 fertilizer (20% nitrogen, 20% phosphorus, and 20% potassium – the remaining 40% is chemically inert).
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