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Caring for Your hanging Basket or Container

EEEKK! Hanging Basket Care can be overwhelming! In this short video we want to show you that caring for your hanging baskets is simple and easy. We cover a quick system for tending your hanging baskets using the word CARE.

 

Listen in, enjoy; and if you would like more information regarding the general care of hanging baskets or for specific kinds of hanging baskets, click on the links below:

As always, we are happy to answer your questions either via our website at or on the phone – yes, we still personally answer the phone – at 780-467-3091.

Geranium Hanging Basket C-A-R-E

We all seem to be looking for a way to simplify our lives from sorting through and clearing out gadgets we no longer need to whittling down our clothing collections to capsule wardrobes – all with the intent of spending less time on stuff and more time on the things we love to do with the people we love to do them with.

Applying this to gardening, Geraniums have a way of making life simple.  If you have an area that gets 6 or more hours of sunshine, this one is for you. They are easy to grow, they are hardy — hardy means they can take a lot of heat and they also bear with our cooler nights.  Never to be one that would recommend abusing or neglecting plants, it can be said that they can take an element of…let’s say…”forgotten-ness”…on occasion.   But not every day.  They come back and revive well from being dry – but again, not every day.  They aren’t sensitive like fuchsias, and they make a great entry-into-gardening plant.

We grow 2 classes of Geranium hanging baskets:

  • Trailing Geraniums
  • Mixed Geranium

In Trailing Geranium hanging baskets, we plant and grow only trailing geraniums.  They cascade down and around the pot and many of them look like a huge disco ball (kind of) or let’s say a big flowering ball. They come in a large array of colors from deep, deep reds to shades of pink, and now orange. Trailing Geraniums are really tough plants and are super easy to care for and hence, their steep rise in popularity over the last few years.  They excel in extreme heat and cold (not freezing) nights – there aren’t a lot of plants that have that kind of range.  They handle the occasional ‘drought’ when they get forgotten in the watering queue and a number of them will handle high winds. Our blog Trailing Geranium Hanging Basket C-A-R-E  has even more detail on how to care for this type of basket.

With mixed Geranium hanging baskets, we plant upright geraniums as the feature plant and then we fill in with trailers to spill out of the perimeter.  That’s why they’re called Mixed Geranium baskets. In this container configuration, the plants that you need to pay more attention to are the trailing plants.  They can be more sensitive to neglect, so keep a watchful eye on them.  Please visit our blog on Mixed Geranium Hanging Basket C-A-R-E to get the nitty gritty details on these baskets.

As always, we would be delighted to walk you through our collection of Geranium hanging baskets in our retail greenhouse and to help you simplify your life.  Nature’s Source, the fertilizer we use, is our favorite.  Miracle Grow and 20-20-20 work well, too.

As always, we are happy to answer your questions either via our contact form on the website. or on the phone – yes, we still personally answer the phone – at 780-467-3091.

Stuff it : Adding Detail to Containers and Hanging Baskets

What is a stuffer?

Stuffers are used in planted containers used to add depth and detail. They are the smaller plants placed around the central plants in containers, window boxes and hanging baskets. They finish off containers by adding splashes of color and texture – they make a container unique and pop with creativity.

Stuffers can be classified as stuffers or trailers, if you want to get technical – stuffers have an upright growth habit and trailers cascade downward out of the pot. Stuffers can range from leafy trailers of lime green, bronzes, deep purples, or even blacks to delicate upright stalks sporting flowers from every color of the rainbow. The choices can almost be overwhelming.

Of all the plant categories we grow, there is the greatest crossover in this one as to the plants having both sun & shade tolerance, but always be sure to check labels.

We thought we would feature some of our favourites below. Know that this is in no way an exhaustive list of what we carry at Wallish Greenhouses – we’d be happy to tour you through our basket stuffer department to show you the options. To make things simpler, we even have them divided into our sun and shade departments. Feel free to email us or call us at 780-467-3091 if you have any questions.

Favorite Stuffers & Trailers

Stuffer
(Upright)
Trailer
(Trailing)
Full Sun
(8 hours)
Part Sun
(4-6 hours)
Shade
(<4 hours)
Bacopa Bacopa
Black Eyed Susan Black Eyed Susan
Calibrachoa
(Million Bells)
Calibrachoa
Coleus Coleus
Dichondra Dichondra
Dorotheanthus
(Mezoo)
Dorotheanthus
Euphorbia Euphorbia
German Ivy German Ivy
Impoemia
(Sweet Potato Vine)
Impoemia
Lamium Lamium
Lysmachia Lysmachia
Scaevola Scaevola
Verbena Verbena

Hanging Basket Care Infographic

They’re everywhere. Hanging baskets are a fun, fast, and simple way to add color to your outdoor world. But how do you keep them looking fresh and lovely all summer? By using the word C-A-R-E we have some simple ideas to keep your baskets at their best.

Looking for more information or detailed information about your specific type of hanging basket? Well, we have blogs to cover every category of hanging basket that we grow here at Wallish Greenhouses – check out the following links. And if you would like to talk to us about your hanging basket, feel free to stop by the greenhouse, give us a quick call at 780-467-3091, or fire us off a quick email via our website or wglperen@telus.net (please put in a link) – we’d be happy to help!

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