Wow, what a summer we’re having so far! We hope you’re enjoying this beautiful sunshine as much as we are here at the nursery.
Just in time for the lovely weather, here are our top tips to keep your pots and baskets looking lovely over the next month. Happy gardening! 🌺
Growing plants in containers is a great way to add colour and interest to a difficult space or part of a garden. Balconies, dull corners and patios can easily be enhanced by adding a container however, pots and baskets need more care and attention than plants in the ground.
Watering is one of the most important jobs when it comes to maintaining containers. Whatever is planted in the containers is relying on you to give it the sufficient amount of water and nutrients in order for it to thrive and survive. During the summer months, the amount of water and feed applied to the containers will need to increase, however be wary of waterlogging your pots.
Often people think that too much water isn’t a bad thing, but it is! Ensure that all pots have sufficient drainage to prevent this from happening; this can be achieved by broken crockery, pebbles or gravel, increasing the sand content for some specific plants or pieces of polystyrene. Seasonal bedding plants often need watering at least once a day through the summer months, applying a feed such as Tomato food or Miracle Grow at least once a week.
Wind also dries out plants very fast. Even if it is not hot, hanging baskets and window boxes can dry out extremely fast so pay extra caution to this when watering and if it is both hot and windy, more water is needed.
You can check the moisture of the pot by putting your finger into to the soil at the top of the pot.
Ways of reducing the risk of containers drying out include:
- Irrigation System
- Moisture retaining compost
- Swell gel
Summer is now in full swing and your bedding plants and borders are in full bloom so deadheading has never been more important. Deadheading is a term used for removing any dead or damaged flowers and growth to encourage new shoots and blooms. Removing dead flowers from your bedding plants or perennials encourages new ones to grow as opposed to putting all of the plants energy into producing seed.
Hanging baskets, pots and any other summer bedding should be deadheaded at least once a week, if not, as often as possible. This will ensure you get the very best display out of your annuals. Perennials often do not flower for such long periods of time as annuals but deadheading these can often encourage a second or extended flowering period.
The simple method for deadheading is with finger and thumb. Never just take the petals off or pull the flower off. You need to ensure that you deadhead the flower stem also. If this is not taken off, the plant will still produce a seed putting energy into that rather than producing more flowers.