Posts Tagged ‘Proven Winners Plant Food’

This is the number one question we get from customers when they are trying to decide if they want to ‘try’ and hanging basket again this year…

For many,  growing Hanging Baskets, Planters, or even annuals in landscape design is a task they just don’t know if they want to take on again this year. Last season their annuals just did not ‘last’ all summer. They looked good for a month or so after they got home but then went down hill from there. Many people will say ” but I watered every day”!

If the above statement sounds like something that you may have running through your head, let me give you a few simple steps to succeeding at growing annual baskets and planter.

#1 “But I water every day” to that statement I would first ask you, ” When you are watering do you water enough that you see the water running freely from the bottom of your basket/planter?” If not, I dare say that you are under watering your plants. If the water is not reaching the bottom of the pot your roots are not able to evenly drink up the water that they require.

#2 My question to you is ” How often do your fertilize? Have you fertilized at all?” At Garden Crossings we recommend fertilizing your baskets/planters at least every other week, although weekly would be great with a low concentrate water soluble fertilizer. We recommend and personally use Proven Winners Water Soluble Fertilizer.  The reason you need to fertilize your plants is because every time you water you are flushing a little bit of the nutrients/fertilizer from the pot. Like humans, plants need nutrients to perform to their highest standards. The fertilizer will help keep your flowers flowering and your foliage nice and green. You may even feel like you have a plant on steroids if you keep up on the fertilizing. If you do start to feel like you have ‘too much’ growth we recommend giving your plants a ‘haircut’ or a trim to keep them nice and full. Don’t cut back on the fertilizer because this is keeping your plant healthy.

Now if you are thinking there is no way I am going to fertilize every one to two weeks we do have another option for you. That option is a continuous release fertilizer. Generally we recommend Continuous Release for ground planting as it will not flush away in the ground as fast as in a basket. But if you are feeling like “I will fertilize, but I am only going to do it one time” , This option is better than nothing.

And Lastly #3 if watering is a problem for you and you feel like you just can’t keep up or are always forgetting to do it, we recommend installing an inexpensive self watering system. We have found a system that is easy to use, and does a great job, it is the Waterwise System from Proven Winner. Basically all you need is the kit and a scissors. Here is a link to show how simple and easy it is to install the Waterwise System. You can go away on vacation for a week and come home to beautiful flowers.

If you have any questions on watering or fertilization of annuals please feel free to contact us at sales@gardencrossings.com

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Superbells® Cherry Star Calibrachoa

It was love at first sight when I first layed my eyes upon this new Annual from Proven Winners, Superbells® Cherry Star Calibrachoa. The intense pink color combined with the bright yellow star creates a shocking color combination. Planted alone or in combination, Superbells® Cherry Star is sure to turn a few heads. The mounding trailing habit of Cherry Star makes a statement in hanging baskets, planters and the landscape. Superbells® prefer to be planted in full sun and have well drained soil. To maintain a stunning planting all summer long we recommend using Water soluble fertilizer at least every other week. When your Calibrachoas start to look a little tired, we recommend giving them a slight trim to promote additional branching which will also encourage additional flowers. Try Planting Cherry Star with Ipomoeas, petunias, or other calibrachoa for great combinations.

 

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Goldilocks Rocks™ Bidens

The fall season is all around us here in Zeeland, Michigan at Garden Crossings. The leaves are just starting to change color, the landscapes are looking tired, but there are still a few signs of summer all around us.  There are a couple annuals that still have outstanding color despite being hit by several early frosts. One in particular that really stood out to me this weekend (10/1) was Goldilocks Rocks™ Bidens. The deep yellow flowers still looked just as nice as they did when they were first planted. And the mass of blooms has been a constant all season long also. Even the foliage is still green and lush. I will be perfectly honest here, these have not seen much fertilizer either for the past month or more. I have been really impressed by the performance of Goldilocks Rocks™, one thing in my mind that really makes a great annual is when it last well past the season it is intended for. And here in Michigan, if you can keep your annuals looking good until Labor Day you should get a gold star for your efforts. Now I will follow that comment up with if you put the effort into your plants your will get the outcome that all home owners with plants desire. My top 3 tips for annual longevity… Fertilizer!!! every 10-14 days, water consistently, and give them a good hard ‘haircut’ when needed!

Goldilocks Rocks Biden

Goldilocks Rocks Bidens

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This is a very popular question when customers come into the garden center.
I have a couple of responses for them.
i3 Planters

i3 Planters

  • When watering your baskets make sure that the water is dripping through the bottom of the pot. Many people just give it a splash of water every few days, this is not enough. In most cases your baskets will need to be watered every day to every other day depending on the temperature, humidity and wind in your area.
  • Another thing I always recommend is to feed your baskets about every other week with a water soluble fertilizer like the Proven Winners Water Soluble Plant Food. Your plants use up the nutrients in the soil along with them getting flushed out with watering.
  • Worrying About Watering?
    With the New Proven Winners® WaterWise Easy Container Watering Kit your worries are over. Our easy-to-use, self-contained kit makes it simple to water container plants, hanging baskets, flower boxes, and landscape beds automatically. In fact, you can water up to ten containers or 30 feet of landscape beds from a single faucet.
  • Another great product that helps to keep your baskets looking there best is our i3 Planters. The i3 Planters are a gorgeous hanging basket solution for both indoors or out! i3 Planters have a unique combination of a bell shaped low voltage lighting fixture, hanging basket and the patented Aqua-Air™ liner to make your hanging baskets hassle free. It can also be easily attached to your existing sprinkler system or attached to a water source for automated watering. Even when you are gone for the week you can come home to beautiful baskets that have been watered hassle free while you were gone enjoying yourself.

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