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Silverstone Gardens

12" Hanging Basket, Combo Proven Winners® Do You Lilac It?

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This Proven Winners® combo hanging basket does better in Part Sun to Sun.

Just like when planting in your garden, you have to choose the right plants for the right spot. Not only do you need to pay attention to whether your basket will hang in sun or shade, also note if it will be subject to drying winds, heavy rains, or excessive heat. 

The first thing that you have to remember is that if you want those professional looking, lush hanging baskets, all of these secrets are equally important and work together.

  • Water: It is best to check the soil moisture in your baskets at least once a day, rather than waiting for the plants to wilt before watering. When plants wilt that means they are quite stressed, so watering before the soil gets that dry is better for your plants.
  • Fertilizer: However, using a high quality plant food consistently is pretty much the BEST thing you can do to help your plants thrive. Hanging baskets get watered so often, they tend to leach all the nutrients out of the soil much faster than regular containers. Add a slow release granular fertilizer.
  • Trimming: To trim an annual basket that has mounded and/or trailing plants, start by cleaning a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears with soap and water. If the planter just looks a bit open and untidy, all you need to do is trim off a few inches of plant material all over. Think of it like you were heading to the salon to get an all over trim to get rid of split ends. Don't trim too hard--you don’t want to remove more than about ¼ of the volume of the plant.

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