By now the flowering containers and hanging baskets you planted earlier may look scraggly, with lanky stems and faded flowers. Don’t throw them out; they still have lots of blooms left. A quick haircut and a boost of fertilizer will soon make way for lush flowers and healthier plants.
- Use pruners or shears to snip off dead or dying flowers, stems and foliage. Clip stems back to new growth.
- Remove weeds and dead plant material.
- Prepare fertilizer according to label. Mix liquid fertilizer into a watering can or use a hose end sprayer. Sprinkle granular fertilizer on the soil surface and gently work in.
- Drench soil around the plant until water is pouring out of drainage holes. Drain saucers to keep plant roots from rotting.
- Wipe the outside of containers to remove dust or soil.
To keep growth even, turn hanging baskets and containers every few days so all sides spend time in the light.
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