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How to extend lives of container plants


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.

How to do it


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.

Our tip

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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MindyaCalling 24/11/2011 at 15:28

I have planted French Marigold's in window boxes, but they are not doing so well, I have kept them watered could it be too hot for them on the patio, I have in the mean time moved them into the shade. The flower heads just keel over. Geranium's not doing as good as neighbours, do I water too much perhaps! I garden in Mindya Bulgaria temperature yesterday on patio 38!!!

dormayd 24/11/2011 at 15:28

love adam's tips & could do with more for short of time gardeners like me

hayleyhock 24/11/2011 at 15:29

Handy to know how often to feed container plants - i'm not doing it enough. Also a great 'washing-up liquid' tip from Andy.

hayleyhock 24/11/2011 at 15:29

ooop's. forgot to press my stars

Caz 24/11/2011 at 15:29

Love this!! All new to this and any helpful tips i can get the better. Does anyone know of some plants that will flower during the autum winter season, if any?

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