While containers like planters and hanging baskets can be a great addition to your garden or home, they also need special considerations when watering because of their enclosed nature. Before you start planting, look over these tips to make sure that your plants are healthy and happy in their planters and hanging baskets–indoors or out.
The number one main thing that you should consider when you decide to use a hanging basket or a planter is to make sure that you check to see that the planter has drain holes or that you are putting drain holes into the planter or basket. This is because buildup of water in a planter will cause your plants to decline and roots to rot. Obviously, this is unwanted and this is why you should always make sure that your planters and baskets have these holes.
What is the right space to create holes in your planter or hanging basket if you need to? First, make sure that the holes that you drill into a planter are not placed directly against a hard surface that the water then can’t drain out of. An example of this would be drilling holes in the bottom of a planter and then placing it against the cement. Holes should be 1 inch from the edge of the planter. Do not put the holes too close together. This is for a few reasons, one of which is the integrity of the planter and the other is that all of the water will run out in one place and cause problems with the soil and flowers or plants.
While you should never drown your plants, you should always check to make sure that they’re getting the water that they need. This is especially true in summer months when the soil can quickly dry out and cause lots of problems–up to and including killing your plants and flowers. Always check to see if your containers need water. Sometimes plants can wilt due to hot sun, excessive moisture and may not need more water. You can check the soil moisture in your containers using your finger if you are unsure whether your plant needs water.
When is the best time to water in the summer or in hot climates? In these times of year or in these climates, you should water in the morning when it’s still cool and wet. This gives your flowers and plants time to absorb the water before the sun beats down on the plants and dries it up and causes them to go thirsty and hungry. We’ve all seen it–you forget, water midday, and your soil seems to immediately be dry again. Think of what your flowers are getting from this–not much. Always water in the morning in hot temperatures. Additionally, give the plants enough water that the water runs out through the drain holes. This way the entire root system has received a good, thorough soaking. However, resist the urge to “water everything,” especially if your plants don’t need it.
If you have more questions about how you should water your hanging plants and potted containers, it’s time to call Wittendale’s Florist! We are happy to answer any questions that you may have, and we are happy to work with you on your specific situation to get you the best outcomes with your plants and flowers. Give us a call today for more information and to get started on watering your potted plants and hanging baskets better!