Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Re-Hydrating Your Hanging Baskets

Re-hydrating a hanging basket can be a real challenge especially this time of year. You pour water into the container and it all just runs right back out again. That is because the soil shrinks away from the sides of the container as it dries. The solution: prevention is always the best medicine. Practice good watering habits and do not allow them to completely dryout between waterings. If the inevitable should happen though the best trick is to submerge your hanging basket/container plant in a tub of water for about 20 minutes (no longer or you will water log the roots and drown the plant). You can also put drip tray under the plant and fill it with water for about 20 minutes, then drain the tray for the same reasons as mentioned above.

Another little trick to help you determine whether your container plant has been thoroughly watered is the weight test. Lift up you plant, if it is heavy it is well watered. If it still feels light it needs more water. If your container plants are too large to do this there are water meters available to test the dryness of your soil. Most sell for under $20.00.

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