This time of the season can often leave your hanging plants in a slump- but don’t give up on them yet! Instead of tossing them to the side here is a couple tips to help them back to life!
First of all we all know that we all occasionally forget to water our baskets for a day (or two..) so try to get back into the habit of daily watering.
Second- a little dose of fertilizer makes all the difference. Coming from a greenhouse environment they are used to regular fertilization and will decline in health without being fed.
Three- cut back the basket slightly. Giving your basket a haircut will promote new growth- thus also giving a the plant a perk up.
Be patient dear friend. We’ve had a lot of people asking us about why their perennials aren’t coming up yet. Though we are TOTALLY ready for the nice weather after this long winter, our plants are not! With a winter as harsh as we had this past year your perennials are going to stay dormant for a while longer then they normally do. So be patient, and give your plants time to emerge before pulling them out!
* Vegetables: When they stop bearing fruits/veggies, pull them out or till them in as a compost for your garden for next year
*Flowering plants: Flowering plants can be tricky, first of all you need to know when they bloom
If they bloom in the spring and were not cleaned up in the height of the warm months, then leave them until you begin to see new green emerging in the spring the folowing spring
If they bloom in the summer months, you can cut them back as soon as they are no longer producing blooms or buds on the plant, in the mean time if they are still blooming wait until they stop then cut back.
You can always go through and clean up the dead leaves as long as no more then a quarter of the leaves are brown/dying.
*Shrubs: DO NOT cut back your shrubs in the fall, it is best to wait until the following spring. By cutting them back now you will stimulate new growth which is very cold sensitive, thus killing the new growth and setting back your bush or shrub.
As always if you have any questions post them here or call us and you might just see your answer here!
Mums can be tricky little plants, though they are stunning well into the cold weather they don’t particularly love the cold. We have a lot of people whom have come in and said the unfortunate five words, “My mums didn’t come back!”
So with a few tips your mums will come back year after year and be beautiful!
For the following spring :
Take away the dead growth from the previous season, also once your mum gets to be about 4-6 inches you should go through weekly and pinch back the shoots by about half the length. This will encourage the plant to bush out. By doing this from spring into the first weeks of July you will have a “fresh from the greenhouse” looking mum!
Having good watering habits is a key part to growing a thriving plant. When it is hot out, by all means your basket or pot might need watered twice in a day; however just because it is summer doesn’t mean it will need that everyday!
On days that are overcast or slightly cooler then your typical summer day check your plants before watering, look for weight and moisture in the soil. By giving your plant a drink when it isn’t needed you can actually cause more damage.
Also remember to water the soil not the foliage- the leaves aren’t whats thirsty, it’s the roots!