guests admire your lovely container gardens, please refer them to Patio
Plants Unlimited. You can earn $25 off your planting
service for each referral.
check-list of yard work to do now:
your container gardens.
A fertilizer high in phosphorous helps promote blooming. Look for
a type with a high middle number in the analysis. If your drip irrigation
system has a fertilizer canister, you can use up to 4 tablespoons of a water
fertilizer in it. Otherwise use
a watering can or sprinkle fertilizer pellets on the soil. I
like Fertilome Rooting and
Blooming (9-59-8). If you
want something natural and organic, sprinkle bone meal (0-12-0) on
More information about fertilizer can be found on my website.
your sprinkler system. Many of us water at
night, so if you don’t make it a point to check the sprinklers, you
if there’s a problem. Run through all of the
your timer and adjust sprays and emitters as needed.
watch for insect pests and diseases. Many
problems are easily controlled when the outbreak is still small. If
sure what the problem is, the CSU Extension site has
– or contact me for
"I am extremely pleased with the flowers and
containers that Stephanie did "her magic" with and now dress up my
patio and deck. I can see the hanging baskets from my family room
window and it makes me want to come out to the deck. I didn't realize
how barren my patio and deck were before. The drip system makes it even
better because I don't have the remember to water!
means removing the flowers that are
spent or past. When you deadhead the plants in your
containers, you want to remove the dead flower and
parts off the stem. Annual plants spend their whole
lives trying to
When you get the seed pod off of the plant before the seeds mature, the
plant will produce more flowers constantly trying to make more
geraniums, get a hold of the
flower ray and quickly bend it down or backward from the stem. It will
at the stem; if it doesn’t want to snap off easily, use your scissors
salvia, snapdragons and other spike flowers, remove the spent flowers
at the base of the spike or lower. If the top of the flower spike is
looking good, cut it off anyway because the bottom flowers are already
on their seeds.
Dianthus, nemesia, flowering tobacco and some
little flowers on wiry stems. When these are done, I take my scissors,
to the plant with my left hand and cut all the flower stems off at
best to do this in the evening so if you cut through any leaves they
don’t burn in the sunlight.
hardest flowers to figure out what to do with are petunias.
When their flowers are done, they often fall off or pick off really
that doesn’t remove the seedpod and further down the stem there are
flowers so you don’t want to cut if off. At some point, though, your
are all “leggy” – long vines with one flower at the end. This is when
it back. Cut off at least ½ or more. Until you have to cut it back,
cleaning the spent petals off if they bother you.
Although deadheading and cutting the plants back
can seem harsh, it's
really like giving the plant a haircut and the plants will most likely reward
your efforts with more flowers in a week or so.
It's time for an update of my unscientific
As you can see in the picture below, the baskets are hanging
side-by-side so there will be no difference in sun or wind exposure.
The baskets are exactly the same - 12" diameter plastic pots. Both are
plugged into my drip irrigation and I will do my best to treat
them equally. My basket is filled with similar plants in the some color
scheme: red, white and purple. The "big-box store" plant
is on the left
and the Patio Plants Unlimited basket is on the right.
the end of July, my basket on the right has far more blooms than the
big-box store basket on the left. The plants in the left planter are
withered and yellow; whereas, the leaves in my basket are still green
and healthy. This time, it's pretty clear that the Patio Plants basket
is better than the big-box store's!
If you want to compare how the plants were doing last month, check the newsletter archive on my website.
If you have
any questions about your plants or irrigation system, please contact me.
I sincerely hope your patio is your own special haven.
tel: (970) 988-3808