Now that we have hit the middle of summer our outdoor pots and containers may be looking a little forlorn, a tad ratty, a bit leggy and oh, so tired. Today I’ll share ways to keep our outdoor containers healthy and growing right through the end of September.
My flowering containers bring such beauty to my porch and patio. And I love to cut the blooms right from the pots to bring inside so caring for them and keeping them in tip-top shape is important. Here are 5 ways to keep summer containers full of healthy flowers well into the fall.
Here are 5 ways to keep summer containers full of healthy flowers well into the fall.
PLANTS ARE THIRSTY
Keep plants well watered during the hottest days of the summer. I like to water my plants first thing in the morning to help them withstand the heat and sun of the day!
If you are having a heat wave and it’s dry, depending on the plant and the container, they may need a refreshing drink in the late afternoon too.
Watering a plant during those scorching days is great but make sure the soil is not too soggy or you will have a whole other problem!
GIVE THEM A HAIRCUT
The only way to deal with leggy blooms is to give them a good cut. Cut all the leggy stems and don’t be afraid to give them a pretty severe clipping. This will encourage new growth. Annuals have a shelf life and will not last forever. But you can extend their life and beauty by cutting them back.
Keep an eye on your plants and as soon as they start to get straggly give them a clip!
FEED YOUR PLANTS
If you have not used a time release food in your containers you might need to give your plants a little nourishment. Make sure to follow the directions on the container of the plant food and don’t over feed. That’s even worse!!!
GIVE THEM A LITTLE SHADE
When the weather gets so blazing hot your flowering containers may need to be given a reprieve from the sun for part of the day. I keep all my containers on rolling plant caddies so I can move them if they look to heat stressed.
It is such a great idea to invest in plant caddy or dolly for each outdoor container.
REPLACE A PLANT OR TWO
If a plant looks beyond saving in your container you may need to bite the bullet and replace it. I don’t like digging out a plant but replacing it with a “fresh” one will make your whole flowering container look so much better.
I hope this will help your beautiful containers stay that way!!!!
Today on Decorating Tips And Tricks we are talking about our STAIRS! I think we don’t give them as much decor love as we should. Today we are talking about the stairs in our home and ways to make yours fabulous!
Remember, we are here to inspire you to create a beautiful home!