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* Each watering/feeding should be enough to drip through the bottom in order to clean the roots (at least 1 gallon). Baskets struggle directly under overhangs; rather, position baskets on the edge of overhangs with a 18-36" hook or chain so the sky hits the top of the foliage. A BLOOMING shade plant's foliage does need some sky exposure to bloom.
* Over watering with plain water and heavy rain will leach out key nutrients from the basket. Feeding replaces those nutrients. The months of June, July, and August will require the most feeding due to the long, warm days. This makes plant growth rapid!
Petunia Combinations and Calibrachoa Mixes:
Light Sun or Shady Areas: Shade Impatiens, Fuchsia, Non Stop Begonias
Extreme Sun: Vacation Combinations, Geraniums, Purslane, Mezoo
New Guinea Impatiens
Porch Potatoes and Textured Foliage
“CHECKING the “WEIGHT” of the Basket/Container determines when to water. You don't need to water a basket that is already heavy.
“EVALUATE the LEAVES” indicates when to use fertilizer, are they green or yellowing? If the plant is green, you may not need to feed. If the leaves are starting to yellow then its time to feed.
**Each watering/feeding should be enough to drip through the bottom in order to clean the roots. (At least 1 gallon).
-Blooming Baskets will have less color under overhangs. Try to position baskets on the edge of overhangs with a 18-36” hook or chain so the SKY hits the top of the foliage. The best blooms flourish where the rain can water the pot or basket. The exception is our “Porch Potato”
-Several "plain" waterings with city, well or rain water will LEACH out some nutrients from the soil...When theres a Heavy Rain, mix the fertilizer with your watering to replace the nutrients.
***Colder temperatures in spring will reduce the need for watering and feeding while the months of June, July and August will require the most watering and feeding.
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