Hanging Containers

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Hanging Containers

Annuals are often grown in hanging pots. Select the annual most adapted to the amount of light available in the selected growing area. Make sure dripping water from the plants won't ruin objects beneath the hanging pot. Large hanging plants can litter porches with leaves and spent flowers. A soil mix suitable for hanging pots is one part soil, one part peat moss, and one part perlite. To have full looking pots in early summer, put at least six plants in one pot. If small plants are used more will be needed, but fewer than six if large plants are used.

Watering becomes increasingly important during the summer. The temperature increases causing the plants to lose more water. In addition, the plants get larger so give off more water. Check the soil at least once a day and perhaps twice. Regular fertilization will help keep the plants growing but over fertilization will aggravate watering problems. Most fertilizers used according to label directions will be adequate. Take the plant down to water then check for pests and remove any dead flowers or leaves. If plants are hung high, pots with wire hangers are easier to take down and hang back up. Select a height which best displays the plant. If hung too high, relatively little of the plant is seen. Some plants used in hanging pots are fuchsia, verbena, some types of impatiens, hanging begonias, ivy geranium, and thunbergia.

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