Planting container gardens: the dos and don’ts

Monday, March 11, 2013

Wave Team
 
One of the top reasons gardeners love planting Wave Petunias and Cool Wave Pansies is they create gorgeous cascades of color in hanging baskets and decorative pots. To get the most from your containers, and have your plants bloom and thrive all season, The Wave Team has a few guidelines to make your spring a success!
Don’t Over-Pack
A misconception is that more plants in a pot will make it more lush. But with Wave it’s important that these vigorous beauties get their space. We recommend only 3 Wave plants in a typical 10-12 inch (25-30 cm) container. This will keep the plants from “fighting” for root space and nutrition, and encourage them to trail over the sides. Just a few plants go a long way!
Do Keep Them Fed
Wave petunias and Cool Wave pansies will get “hungry” each week. Because of their vigor, a regular application of liquid fertilizer spray every 10-14 days will keep them well fed and blooming healthy all season. Follow the instructions on the label for correct dosage for your container size. Yellowing leaves on petunias, purple leaves on pansies, or stringy branches is a sure sign your plants need a boost.
Don’t Let Containers Dry Out
Because of the reduced soil volume, containers and baskets are the first to dry out when the heat of the season kicks in. In high temp areas, daily watering will be necessary. But most of the time, a long drink of water every few days will perk up your plants hydration. To check if your pot needs water, stick your finger in the soil. If it feels dry all the way down, it’s time to get the hose. Also, a light or easy-to-pick-up basket is definitely due for a drink. Water slowly, until there’s weight again to the container.
Don’t Drown Your Waves
Your containers need good drainage. Be sure there are enough holes in the bottom to let excess water and rain run out. Wet or saturated roots can rot and leave your plants open to disease.
Do Plant In Sunny Locations
Waves need at least 6 hours of sunlight. It gives them the energy they need to keep pushing flowers and color. You’ll get your best results with adequate sunlight and avoiding shady overhangs.
What about you? What’s your secret to great-looking containers filled with flowers? Share some with your fellow Wave Fans below. Download our Wave hanging basket guidelines, or check out more care-tips and projects in the How-To section of wave-rave.com.

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