Judging by the incredible sales of our Easyfill hanging baskets, I reckon that the nation is going to be awash with stunning baskets this summer. I've received a number of questions about hanging baskets recently and I've been asked to answer some of them in my blog.
Mrs Pink asked for advice on what to grow in the baskets?
I'd suggest not over-complicating it by planting too many different varieties. Simple combinations work best – either with just one colour such as our stunning apricot-shade begonias or one variety of plant but in mixed colours such as the beautiful fanfare trailing petunias. A mix of two or three different plants would work too – put upright growing plants like geraniums in the top of the basket, surrounded by bush or trailing plants such as verbena at the edges and trailing plants such as fuchsias around the sides.
Patricia Johnson is growing on plug plants for her Easyfill baskets and asked when they could be planted into the basket?
I'd suggest growing the plug plants in individual 7cm – 9cm pots first to get them established and then, when they are sturdy enough, plant these bigger plants in the baskets. One of the biggest challenges in caring for hanging baskets during the summer is watering. My new three in one product, Container Magic, can almost halve the number of times you have to water your basket thanks to its special mix of large and small water retention crystals. The plant booster feed helps establish young plants faster while the mycorrhizal fungi helps the plants absorb water and nutrients better so the plants grow bigger and better.
Lots of viewers have asked when the full size Container Magic tub will go on sale…
Well hot off the press, I've just heard that it launches on air this Easter Saturday. The bumper 480g pack treats up to twelve 14" pots or baskets. During the summer, apart from watering, if you want mouthwatering baskets, it's important to feed them twice a week with a high potash food, like Flower Power, and also to deadhead any finished flowers to stop them from going to seed. I do hope you get cracking results this summer.
If you do, please send me some pictures, I'd love to see them.