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11:24 AM - Mar 20, 2004 #1

My plug plants for hanging baskets....Had my first attempt last year and they were pathetic Will be asking advice soon
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1:02 PM - Mar 20, 2004 #2

Year after year we fail miserably with hanging baskets. This year we're going for it.
We've just bought water retaining gel balls and slow release fertiliser both to be mixed into the planting medium. We're considering the purchase of an automatic watering system, but that depends on the new greenhouse.
If they fail this time, forget it.
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5:21 PM - Mar 20, 2004 #3

>>Year after year we fail miserably with hanging baskets. This year we're going for it.
Can you think of any reason why they fail Rich?
>>We've just bought water retaining gel balls and slow release fertiliser both to be mixed into the planting medium.
Excellent!
Place a saucer or piece of plastic in the bottom of the basket,just above the liner and this will form a reservoir.
Prior to filling sit an empty plant pot on top of the saucer.
What this does is take the water to the base of the basket when it becomes one solid rootball later in the season, otherwise the water just runs off the top of the basket.
Theres a bit on my website about basket care (B) then you can go into my 'gallery' to see pictures of my baskets.
Perhaps you might get a few ideas from these.
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5:22 PM - Mar 20, 2004 #4

Although I usually display my baskets by having them on chimney pots.
I also use a Flower Tower and pouches, these don't need watering as frequently as baskets.
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7:42 PM - Mar 20, 2004 #5

That's a good idea Scotia

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6:06 PM - Mar 21, 2004 #6

Bet that gave you a shock - something being moved from Snippets to the gardening forum!
But it's turned out to have lots of useful info in it!
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6:50 PM - Mar 21, 2004 #7

I grow my plug plants on until about May,harden off and plant into hanging baskets.I put a layer of polythene in the bottom of basket and water daily.Hope I am not teaching granny how to suck eggsLOL.
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7:55 AM - Mar 22, 2004 #8

Our friend who "doesn't do gardening" makes up the most beautiful hanging baskets I have ever seen.
That is all he does every year , he should be doing much more though because they are gorgeous.
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10:05 AM - Mar 22, 2004 #9

Last week in March is the week I love. Going to buy my plugs and plants for containers ect. I plant them all on into larger pots and keep them in the greenhouse till end April, then plant them into containers, and keep in greenhouse till end of may, so they ready flowering when they come out. Best time of the year.
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11:07 AM - Mar 22, 2004 #10

That tip about the empty plant pot is a great tip Scotia must give it a try
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11:48 AM - Mar 22, 2004 #11

Wow...what alot of good advice.....So we are both going to go for it this year Rich...fancy comparing notes as we go along? I need to get some of that gel stuff. I collected all the moss from my garden last year and dried it out. I shall use it to line the baskets then I intend to but black bin liner stuff inside that before the soil.

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12:09 PM - Mar 22, 2004 #12

I always use the bags from the potting compost, cut to shape and lined in the basket as it is good and strong
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3:26 PM - Mar 22, 2004 #13

Carpet underlay makes a good outer liner, put it into the basket in two parts then you can place the plants through the join.
Then line the bottom third with a piece of plastic, old compost bags will do.
Then of course add the plant pot as I mentioned before.


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5:07 PM - Mar 22, 2004 #14

Yes think i am going to follow this, my baskets are not usually very good
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5:47 PM - Mar 22, 2004 #15

Thought I would throw in a couple of my baskets from bygone days;





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8:55 AM - Mar 23, 2004 #16

Lovely Scotia . I use old compost sacks as liners too, black side out.

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10:35 AM - Mar 23, 2004 #17

Scotia......what specimins, If I do 1/2 as well this year I may post some piccies. I will also use compost bags cut up though I usually save those to use when taking stuff to the tip.

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