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.
* 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.
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Deadheading refers to the removal of dead flowers either to encourage more re-flowering/re-blooming. Many annuals and perennials will continue to bloom throughout the growing season if deadheaded.
To deadhead your spent flowers, either prune or pinch them off with your fingers.
The first rule for gardening success is planting the appropriate plant for the location. Shady areas require shade loving plants just as a sunny areas require sun loving plants.