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Cincinnati, Ohio (Zone 6a)
smwalz6607
Jun 4, 2017 2:27 PM CST
My home faces WNW. For my front porch hanging basket, should I get one that requires full sun or partial sun?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 4, 2017 3:00 PM CST
Welcome!

With that mostly western exposure, you don't want anything like begonias, impatiens or fuchsia. I would look for baskets with plants like petunias, million bells, ornamental sweet potatoes... things that will appreciate plenty of sun.
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Name: June
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JuneOntario
Jun 4, 2017 3:03 PM CST
So, facing WNW you're going to get no morning sun, but will get afternoon sun, which can be quite hot. I'd say a partial sun basket, but maybe get a sun basket too, and see which does best?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 4, 2017 3:28 PM CST
You have to rotate hanging baskets to keep them round. Smiling
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Jun 4, 2017 5:43 PM CST
I have been trying to figure the same thing out for 25 years. The summer heat builds up under the awning, and the plants need to be very heat tolerant and watered often. My best success has been mandevilla.
Cincinnati, Ohio (Zone 6a)
smwalz6607
Jun 5, 2017 2:04 PM CST
I want to thank all of you for your responses and Daisyl's welcome......and Carol, I was glad to know it wasn't just me who had been having a hard time figuring it out! I have lived in my house for 20 years and struggled with this the entire time! JuneOntario, you are quite correct that my front porch gets NO morning sun but is blasted in the afternoon. I am going to incorporate all of your suggestions (rotating it and trying a full sun AND a partial sun basket to see which does best). I don't think I've ever seen mandevilla in any of my local nurseries so maybe that doesn't do well in my zone.

Thank you again, girls!! Group hug
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 5, 2017 3:01 PM CST
I spent my entire gardening life in the California Central Valley and hanging pot are tough to keep but so pretty. Are you using a wire basket with the coconut fiber insert for your hanging basket? If so, line the fiber insert with plastic (poke a couple holes in the bottom). That will hold the moisture better and still give it that great fiber basket look. Another thing to try is to find a pot that fits into the basket snuggly and plant in the pot then put the pot into the coconut fiber insert. That gives even more insulation to keep the roots damp.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Cincinnati, Ohio (Zone 6a)
smwalz6607
Jun 6, 2017 2:04 PM CST
Thanks! I'll give it a shot!

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