No gardener wants to have to re-pot their plants half way through the summer. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you by following these easy tips…
Pick the right plants! The right plants will flourish in conditions perfect for them. One of the best things about planting in pots is that conditions can be altered before planting and soil can be neutralised if it is acidic, clay-based etc.
Sticking with what suits your garden will always work best. If your garden suffers from drought, choose drought-tolerant plants. If you experience harsh weather in your area, make sure you buy hardy plants; delicate plants can be damaged by wind, rain and spring snow.
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Water little and often! Plants in pots need a lot more water than pots on the ground. With only so much soil to take nutrients from you must make sure your pots plants are properly watered. Watering regularly throughout the summer should keep your pots flourishing but over-watering can be dangerous to pot plants. It’s important to check your pot plants aren’t drying out when the weather becomes extremely hot. If you worry about summer plants in your garden, try to buy only drought-tolerant plants.
Prepare for your holidays! Summer is the perfect time for us to take holidays but you shouldn’t risk your plants drying out and dying while you’re away. Try to find a friend or neighbour willing to water and deadhead your plants every few days. If this isn’t possible place your pots on top of saucers full of water to help them survive and group them together in a shady spot.
Don’t forget to deadhead! Deadheading is a vital part of plant care but can easily be forgotten with all the other jobs to do! Keep your flowers in bloom by removing any dead or faded flowers before they run their course and turn to seed. Deadheading helps to channel your plant's energy into blooms so try to go over your plants every day.
Feed your plants the right food! If you use a standard potting compost you can expect your plants to be fed up to six weeks. After this period begins a regular liquid feeding regime or for bumper flowers and fruit, apply a potash feed a few times a week.