How to extend lives of container plants

Do it:

Jun, Jul, Aug

Takes just:

15 minutes

At its best:

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

As temperatures rise and summer sets in, give your container plants a little time and care. Water, feed and deadhead them regularly over the next few weeks and you can keep plants flowering and looking good right into autumn.

You will need

  • Container plants
  • Watering can
  • Liquid plant food

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Water pots daily, particularly bedding plants, and twice daily in the heat of summer - morning and evening. Water with half-strength feed twice a week to ensure plants have all the nutrients they need.

Pick off dead flowerheads regularly. If you leave them in place they can start setting seed and this triggers an end to flowering, so removing them will encourage the plant to flower again.

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When watering pots, occasionally add a dash of washing-up liquid to the water to really help it soak in and wet the compost thoroughly.

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