Watering - one of the keys to success with hanging
Hanging baskets by there very nature - hanging and exposed to the
elements particularly wind and sun, tend to dry out a lot faster than
you may think. It is important to know how often you can water if you
want to have healthy hanging baskets.
In hot, full sun situations some baskets may need watering up to twice a
day. If this does not sound like something you can manage then either
look to hanging your baskets in a more shady and sheltered spot and/or
choose plants that are not so thirsty.
Also take into account the weather - sunny and windy mean dryer baskets.
The article below gives some good pointers on watering your hanging
The extended weather report says we are in for a week of very hot
weather. There is also very little chance of rain. With this type of
forecast, you will need to pay attention to watering your plants.
As I have said before in this column, the best time of day to water your
plants is the morning because that's when they best take up water. By
having adequate water, plants have a better chance of surviving this
Plants being grown in containers will need a thorough soaking in the
morning. This is particularly true of tomato plants. If the soil of your
tomato plants goes from very wet to very dry over a period of days, your
tomatoes will develop blossom end rot. This wet-to-dry cycle interrupts
the uptake of calcium at the time the blossoms are setting fruit. Over
time, the tomatoes will develop a black patch on the bottom. They are
then prone to rotting. This condition is very likely to happen if you
planted more than one tomato plant in a container or if you planted the
tomato in too small a pot.
You also need to pay close attention to your hanging flower baskets.
These baskets have a relatively small amount of soil compared to the
size of the plant growing in the pot. If you don't keep up with watering
your hanging baskets, the plants may die.
If you planted trees or shrubs this spring, they can be easily damaged
by lack of adequate water during a heat wave. At this point in the
season, the root system is not completely developed. A prolonged dry
spell can lead to damage to the roots. This in turn will mean damage to
the top growth of the trees or shrubs. You can very efficiently water
your trees and shrubs by installing soaker hoses around the plants. This
type of hose oozes water out of pores in the hose, allowing water to
effectively soak down to the roots of the plants.
As you increase the amount of water you give your plants, you are also
washing more of the fertilizer out of the soil. You should use
water-soluble fertilizers every 10 days and granular fertilizers about
every two to three weeks. Plants need water to live, but they also need
fertilizer to grow and survive.
Insects abound in our gardens. You should be out looking for signs of
insect damage at least twice a week. If you can catch insect infestation
early, you will be much more likely to stop the problem with a
corrective application of a pesticide.
We have started to see signs of a disease called septoria leaf spot on
tomato leaves. This disease causes brown spots and tissue damage.
Initially, it shows up on the lower leaves. If you see the beginning
stages of this disease, spray your plants with a curative fungicide.