How do I care for my hanging baskets and potted plants?

Hanging baskets and potted plants provide easy instant color for summer decks, patios and porches. Hanging baskets also allow for vertical gardening in small homes without much landscape space.

With a little care, hanging baskets and potted plants can last well into the fall.

Watering

Hanging baskets and containers dry out very quickly. In warm weather, you may have to water as many as two or three times each day. Check the soil's dryness by feeling the soil or lifting the basket or container; if the container is lightweight, or if soil fees dry 1 inch below the surface, then water immediately. Make sure your containers have drainage holes so water doesn't accumulate in the bottom and rot the roots.

Fertilizing

Frequent watering flushes nutrients from the soil, so fertilize regularly to replenish them. Choose either a liquid fertilizer, which should be applied every two weeks, or a timed-release, which can last for several months. Before you fertilize, make sure the soil is moist and the plant is not wilting.

Deadheading

Removing spent flowers after they've bloomed - called deadheading - makes the plant look better, but it also promotes additional blooming.

If you've watered, fertilized and deadheaded correctly and the plant's leaves or flowers are sparse, try placing the basket or container in a sunnier spot.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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