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Wow! Can you believe how fast this summer is flying by. Seems like only yesterday I was planting spring and summer flowers and getting ready for all the summer activities.
Today, I wanted to share some tips on keeping your summer flowers looking fresh through the rest of the season.
During this time of year, with the hot and hazy days of summer, your flowers can start looking a little bland and withered.
Below are what my container flower pots and my hanging basket look like now. I took these yesterday and actually they are doing really good. I applied the 4 methods that I am going to discuss with you today on keeping your flowers looking great.
These are on my front porch so they do receive a lot of sun. With that in mind, I planted flowers I knew would do the best for direct sunlight.
If you would like to see how I planted these container pots, check out my tutorial for all the details and what flowers I chose. You can also check out my tutorial on the secrets to creating a great hanging basket as well. Both posts provide everything you need to know on how to create great looking pots.
I am going to go through a few steps that I use to keep my flowers looking fresh and pretty.
“Dead Head” the blooms
Several of the flowers I used in my pots need to be “dead headed”. What is dead headed? As the flowers fade out of bloom, all you need to do is pinch or cut off the flower stem below the flower itself. I planted geraniums in both my hanging basket and container pots and I have to do this to them. It will keep your pots looking fresh and also encourage more blooms. You won’t have to do this everyday, just every few days check the blooms to see what needs to stay and what needs to go. That’s it….super simple and easy.
Water & Feed
Two important factors on keeping great looking flowers is to water your containers daily or every other day depending on where your pots are located and how much direct sun they get. Container pots and hanging baskets dry out much quicker than flowers planted in the ground.
Also, you want to feed your flowers some Miracle-Gro Bloom Booster Plant Food. Even though I used the Miracle-Gro Potting Mix, about half-way through the season I give my flowers an added boost of the plant food. Both are great products that I use when I plant all my flowers.
Also, you always want to mix the bloom booster with water and apply to the roots and not on the leaves because it can damage the leaves and blooms.
Remove & Replace
If you do notice some of your flowers are just not looking good or they have actually died, then you need to remove those flowers and replace them with something else.
My local greenhouse and Lowe’s still have flowers to choose from. If you don’t see any flowers you like, just pick up some green vines or other greenery to replace the vacant area in your pots or basket.
If you do need to replace any flowers, consider choosing ones will Fall in mind. That way they can last through another season.
Prepare for Fall
As long as you water and feed your flowers, they should last through the fall and allow you to not have to purchase all new flowers when you are ready to transition your containers to the next season.
I will have a full post on transitioning your container pots for the Fall season in a few weeks. I hope you will come back to see what I did and for some useful tips and hints for fall planting.
I would love to hear from you on how you maintain your container pots and hanging baskets.
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Have a great day!