You should check the moisture level daily. Most plants require daily watering, especially if you site them in a sunny or windy location. Water until excess flows from the bottom drainage holes. The one exception to this is Begonias, which are sensitive to overwatering.
In order to get the best performance and longevity from your hanging baskets, they will require regular fertilization. Applying soluble fertilizer every week to ten days will vastly improve the appearance of your annual containers. We highly recommend the Jacks line of soluble fertilizers for hanging baskets. Check out more on Jack’s Fertilizer.
Jack’s Classic Blossom Booster (10-30-20) has extra Phosphorus to encourage prolific blossoms and is perfect for flowering plants such as geraniums, impatiens, begonias, and marigolds.
Petunias and Million Bells are prone to iron deficiency so they thrive best with Jack’s Petunia FeED (20-6-22), specifically formulated for iron-dependent annual plants. The chelated iron formulation will prevent the yellowing of Petunia and Million Bell foliage and is also the best formulation for verbena, fan flower, pansies, salvia, and bacopa.
The Hanging Basket sale is always held during the 10-day leading up to Mother’s Day. This is still early in our Wisconsin spring season. Please keep an eye on your local forecast and consider bringing your baskets in and out of shelter until late May.
Sun-Loving Hanging Baskets
If you have an area with lots of sun, then choose sun-loving annuals like Geraniums, Petunias & Million Bells. Flowering plants accustomed to full sun and lots of heat require ample water to thrive. Full sun plants dry out faster in the sun, so check on them daily and keep them watered. Ask us for tips on how to care for your sun loving baskets to help prolong bloom.
Shade-Loving Hanging Baskets
If you have a mostly shaded area, we have excellent choice of Begonia (the champions of container shade gardening) and New Guinea Impatiens. Ask us for tips on how to best fertilize and keep your annual hanging baskets watered this season.