How To Refresh Your Potted Plants Over The Summer

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During the summer, temperatures climb and container gardens often need a little extra care to stay looking fresh. Watering is key for container garden care, and when and how you water make a difference.

For potted displays that have been going since spring, now’s a good time to do a bit of editing. These tips will help keep your container gardens looking lush, full and healthy throughout the hottest period of the year.

Get Your Watering Schedule Down

Potted plants dry out more quickly than those in the ground, so it’s important to keep a consistent watering schedule. How often to water potted plants depends on a number of factors: your climate, the size of the pot, the type of plants and whether the pot is in sun or shade.

Use Plant Trays

The saucers that go under potted plants do more than just protect your deck from water stains. They also act as a backup water reservoir for thirsty plants. Water pooled in the saucer can be soaked up by plants in need of a drink.

Fertilize Lightly But Frequently

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Plants in a container go through soil nutrients in standard potting mix fairly quickly in the course of a season. To give plants a mid-season nutrient boost, fertilize with a higher phosphorous fertilizer for more flowers, or choose one with higher nitrogen for lush foliage.

Deadhead Flowers Often

Cut off the blooms of annuals and perennials that are past their prime to keep containers looking fresh and to encourage plants to keep producing flowers. Remove large flowers like dahlias or zinnias one by one.

Move Potted Plants To Partial Shade

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If plants in a potted container are looking wilted, they may need shelter from direct sun during the hottest part of the day. Move the container — it’s particularly easy if your pot is on a stand with wheels — into a lightly shaded area during heat waves or when you leave on vacation, so they don’t dry out as quickly.

Pick Container Grown Produce Often

Ripe fruit and vegetables left on the bush or vine send a signal to the plant to stop producing new fruit and veggies and to focus instead on ripening seeds. If you’re hoping for a steady harvest of eggplants, tomatoes, beans or strawberries, keep picking them.

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