Flower Power in Baskets: Thank you Joanne!

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Flower Power in Baskets

By Joannabanana
September 16, 2012

In late summer, you might find that potting soil in some of your baskets has become a bit compacted. Watering daily keeps the plants going, but often the plants become nutrient deficient and the soil medium has no nutritional value left to keep producing flower buds.

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Name: Vicki
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vic
Sep 16, 2012 4:51 AM CST
Somehow I think this was written just for me Green Grin! Thumbs up

BEAUTIFUL blooms!
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Joannabanana
Sep 16, 2012 8:19 AM CST
Thanks Vicki! That display really bounced back nicely. Here's what it looks like this morning
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vic
Sep 16, 2012 8:56 AM CST
Gorgeous Lovey dubby

I could look at your blooms forever Thumbs up
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Boopaints
Sep 16, 2012 10:28 AM CST
I have major flower power lust! Joanne, these are stunning! Lovey dubby
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chelle
Sep 16, 2012 11:59 AM CST
I have to try this! Thumbs up I've rarely seen so many blooms on late-season baskets. Gorgeous!

Joanne, are you good about pinching your potted plants, or do they do this mega-blooming without it?

I tried to learn how pinching works this year, but most of the plants I did pinch still gave up one longish stalk with a bloom at the end, rather than lots of shorter stems and more blooms. Confused Now, if the critters much on them, they do it right - it's just when I hack at them that they don't cooperate. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Joannabanana
Sep 16, 2012 12:20 PM CST
I don't pinch or deadhead. Since these were bought as 10" hanging baskets, I assume that the grower had pinched (sheared) the basket at an early growth stage, about 4 weeks before I bought it in May. The growers often shear the plants when they are still in the propagation trays before they plant the hanging baskets. That also will promote strong side branching right from the start
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chelle
Sep 16, 2012 1:50 PM CST
Ah! Thanks.

I started mine from seeds, so there's one difference. To shear means to just trim them?

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Joannabanana
Sep 16, 2012 3:20 PM CST
Yes. I find it hard to pinch plants.
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springcolor
Sep 16, 2012 3:42 PM CST
Lovey dubby That's beautiful! Mine all are starting to look sad.
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canadanna
Sep 16, 2012 3:54 PM CST
Beautiful blooms! I tried a few hanging baskets this year and your helpful hint to line the bottom with a plastic bag worked well. I still get a bit of the soil falling out but less than other years. I mainly have foliage but a few pokes will probably help.Thanks!
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Joannabanana
Sep 16, 2012 7:13 PM CST
Chelle,

This is what they do at a grower location. These were rooted in this tray of 105 cells. They are sheared and allowed to side branch. Often, they are also planted into the baskets soon after. The baskets may also be sheared about 4 weeks before shipping time
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Marilyn
Sep 16, 2012 9:59 PM CST
I'm going to try and poke a couple holes in my baskets and containers this week! nodding Thumbs up
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chelle
Sep 17, 2012 4:14 AM CST
Wow, those pictures are neat. They just zip them off with a hedge trimmer - who'd have guessed? Big Grin





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vic
Sep 17, 2012 4:56 AM CST
Love these photo's - thank you Hurray! Thumbs up
Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Sep 17, 2012 7:14 AM CST
You can check out the other ATP Gardening Idea "The Journey to your Garden" for more info on production at a grower

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