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Extend the Life of Containers for Summer Color

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Difficulty: Beginner

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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.

Here’s How:

  1. Use pruners or shears to snip off dead or dying flowers, stems and foliage. Clip stems back to new growth.
  2. Remove weeds and dead plant material.
  3. 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.
  4. Drench soil around the plant until water is pouring out of drainage holes. Drain saucers to keep plant roots from rotting.
  5. 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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