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Hanging baskets

first_imgBy Bodie PennisiUniversity of GeorgiaIn the old days, hanging baskets contained only one type ofplant. But in recent years, mixed baskets have become popular.This “instant garden” look appeals to beginning gardeners andlongtime hobbyists alike.Some examples of trailing plants that are beautiful in hangingbaskets are petunias, million bells, geraniums, Bacopa, torenias,verbenas, portulacas, helichrysums, English ivy, German ivy,potato vines, scaevolas, Bidens, angel wing begonias and Vincavines.Best basketsPlastic hanging baskets are inexpensive. But you may want to usemoss and coco fiber to get that “organic” look. Plants in mossand coco baskets can dry out fast, though. You may need to wateroften, especially if the plants are large and in a drafty place.If you’re making your own moss or coco basket, insert a piece ofplastic with holes in it for drainage. This will allow water tostay longer in the container.To retain a natural effect while helping hold moisture, you canput black plastic liner inside the moss liner and poke holes init.Best ‘soil’Often called “potting soil,” the best potting mix doesn’t containany soil. Regular topsoil doesn’t have the qualities necessary tosupport good plant growth in containers, and it may containdiseases and weed seeds.A good potting or soilless mix is well-drained and aerated andholds moisture and nutrients well. Such mixes may contain peat,bark, perlite and vermiculite in various proportions.The pH of the mix — how acidic or alkaline it is — directlyaffects plants’ ability to take up nutrients. Make sure youchoose a mix in the 5.5 to 6.5 pH range.Best sitesWindy sites aren’t good for hanging baskets. The wind causes themto dry out fast and need frequent watering. This can stress yourplants and cause them to perform poorly.For places that get 4 to 12 hours of sun per day, select plantsfor full sun to partial shade. For those that get 2 to 4 hours ofearly or late sun per day, select plants for partial to fullshade.A ruleAll plants combined in one basket must have similar water,light and nutrition requirements.When you plant a hanging basket, fill the basket with potting mixto within a few inches of the rim. If your mix doesn’t containnutrients, mix in some slow-release fertilizer. Follow labelrates for the size container you’re using.If you’re mixing in a water-retaining agent, mix it with themedia before you plant.Best plantsSelect healthy, high-quality plants. Inspect the foliage andflowers for any signs of pests or diseases. Take the plant fromthe pot and examine the root system, which should be white andwell-developed. Avoid root-bound plants.To keep your hanging plants growing and flowering, you have tosupply plenty of water and nutrition all season.When plants are small, their water and nutrition needs are less.As the weather warms and plants grow, though, their water andnutrition requirements increase.Faithful careContainer-grown plants need fertilizing about once every otherweek. When using a liquid plant food, make sure the potting mixis moist. If it’s dry, the fertilizer salts could damage theplant roots.Regular deadheading (removing spent flowers) encourages newflowers to develop. Pruning and trimming stimulates new growth.Scout thoroughly and often for pests and diseases. Look closelyat the flowers and foliage for pests and damaged, deformed ordiscolored leaves or flowers. You may have to part the foliage toexamine the center of the plants closely.Don’t stress your plants by not properly watering or fertilizingthem. A stressed plant is more prone to diseases and pests.Planting healthy, high-quality plants is a good start, but tokeep them robust and beautiful, you have to provide the bestgrowing conditions.(Bodie Pennisi is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

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