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Hanging Basket CareYour flowering hanging baskets can bloom and thrive for many months- with a little help from you. Follow these easy guidelines to keep your plants healthy and beautiful throughout the season. Is the Light Right? Match your plant’s location with its light and heat tolerance for best results. Most flowering hanging baskets will continue flowering in shade or partial shade, however some will not tolerate the heat and dryness of all-day sunlight. Ivy and zonal geraniums tolerate the brightest and hottest conditions and an occasional drying out. Petunias also appreciate a sunny location. Impatients and begonias keep the shadiest spots bright but may not hold up in high light and heat. Fuchsia do best in a spot that gets some shade during the middle of the day. Water Before Wilting Don’t wait for wilting as your cue to water! Flowering plants do best if you never allow them to wilt. Take extra care with watering since hanging plants dry out faster than garden plants, because they’re exposed to more wind and warmer temperatures. Under average conditions, flowering plants in 10-inch diameter hanging baskets use 16 fluid ounces of water per day. With proper watering, the plants should last 2-4 days between waterings. Be sure to water thoroughly. If the basket dries out, the soil may shrink and allow the water to quickly run out the drain hole, fooling you into thing it’s thoroughly watered when, in fact, the water is bypassing the roots. Make sure the basket becomes heavy with water, about 7-9 pounds. You may need to re-water the basket again in 15 minutes- or soak it in... read more
Geranium Care Tips from Leonberg Nursery
Versatile, colorful, stately geraniums add a bold accent to any garden setting. These popular flowering plants have handsome, sturdy foliage and produce flowers that last throughout the gardening season. Look for them in a range of leaf shapes and flower colors including red, white, pink, salmon and coral. Geraniums beautify porches, balconies and flower beds. Compatible with many other plants, they can be mixed with shrubs, perennials and annuals for quick color or grouped with other plants in container gardens.read more