James Mitchell

Hanging baskets make beautiful gifts for all types of special occasions. With the right care and attention, it’s possible to grow baskets as huge and lush as those seen in garden centers. This video provides tips on basket maintenance for gorgeous blooms all spring and summer long.

Gardeners should always hang their baskets in a warm, sunny position. Some flowering plants will tolerate shade, but most container plants need at least a half-day of full sun.

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Consistent light helps both leaves and blossoms grow and encourages pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Like most plant containers, baskets need water daily. Use a hose or watering can until water flows all the way through, as this is the only way to ensure all the roots of the plants can reach moisture. You can also purchase additives like moisture-retaining pellets to help in particularly dry weather.

Great blooms come from good fertilizer. Garden centers sell dry fertilizers that can be sprinkled on top of the soil and become active once the plant is watered. There are also liquid fertilizers that are more effective because they are instantly available to the plant. Following these tips ensures luscious, healthy blooms that last throughout the season, bringing joy to homeowners and their families.


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