Summer is the time to assess your planters, hanging baskets and window boxes. A little care on your part will ensure that your planters are properly maintained. Follow these tips.
Check for any signs of stress
Check if your planters are showing any signs of stress. The pots that are exposed to direct sunlight may need some help. The pots in shade will often look great during the transition from winter to summer.
Trim to stimulate growth
Just see if there are any leaves or flowers or branches that need any pruning. You can stimulate new growth by trimming the plants. Nipping will, in fact, encourage the plants to grow new foliage. Regular pinching can help even the trailing plants. To keep plants full and lush this regular maintenance is a must. A lot of energy is needed for plants during seed production, which happens soon after the blooming period. Plants get the signal to continue flowering if you remove the withered flowers and newly forming seeds.
Fertilizing is critical during the summer
Regular watering and rain washes nutrients right through the soil, and for plant growth there will be no nutrient left. You can easily find out if there is any lack of nutrients by checking the leaves and flowers. If flowers have gotten sparse or smaller, and if the leaves are looking yellow or pale green, it is a sure sign there is nutrient deficiency. Use water soluble fertilizers that will get absorbed by plant roots quickly. Regular fertilizing is important even if your plants are looking good now. Use water soluble fertilizer on a weekly basis.
Fertilizer pellets that take time to dissolve are also a great option. A small amount of nutrient dissolves to feed your plants each time you water.
Check for insect damage
Earwigs and slugs can destroy the entire pot. Check the leaves and stems for snails, slugs and caterpillars. You can use organic slug baits or beer to get rid of them.
Use natural fungicides to get rid of mould and other diseases
Summer is a perfect breeding ground for disease. So keep an eye out for powdery mildew, mould and other diseases. You can use sulphur or copper sulphate sprays, which are natural fungicides, to get rid of them. You can also trim the diseased leaves. You can even trim out the stems if there are too much mouldy leaves. Reduce watering. Too much water can also aggravate this problem. When soil is too wet and cold the root may rot. Give a chance for the soil and foliage to dry out a bit.
Plant some flesh flowers
Consider removing struggling plants and replacing them with some fresh flowers if containers need more of a boost. At local nurseries you will find a lot of healthy plants and you don’t have to break the bank to buy them.
Taking care of planters is not a difficult chore. All you need is a little bit of time and patience. The rewards will be worth the effort.