Flower Power in Baskets

Posted by @Joannabanana on
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.

This is one of my favourite basket combos: Trixi Blueberry Parfait. They were bought as 10" hanging baskets and transplanted into the 12" tiered baskets. As the plants grew, the root systems grew too.

By end of July, I noticed fewer blooms and very little bud formation. I had slow release fertilizer in the baskets, but it didn't seem to be enough. I started using a liquid fertilizer weekly, but after the second week, no buds. I realized that the soil was so compacted, the nutrients were not being absorbed by the plants.

The fix: Using a small metal support spike, I stabbed the compacted soil medium in the three baskets. This aerated the soil and allowed the fertilizer to reach the root system. I noticed new flower buds within 2 weeks.

If you have a basket in late season that seems to need a boost, try aerating the soil medium to keep the flower power going.
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Comments and discussion:
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soaking the coco liner? by CarolineScott Jun 20, 2013 1:34 PM 6
Thank you Joanne! by vic Sep 17, 2012 7:14 AM 14

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