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Keep summer bedding plants flowering

Discover how to keep your container plants looking at their best in summer and through to autumn.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is not at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is at its best in June

Plant is at its best in July

Plant is at its best in August

Plant is at its best in September

Plant is not at its best in October

Plant is not at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

To do
To do

Do not To do in January

Do not To do in February

Do not To do in March

Do not To do in April

Do not To do in May

Do To do in June

Do To do in July

Do To do in August

Do not To do in September

Do not To do in October

Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

As temperatures rise and summer sets in, it pays to give your container plants a little time and care so that they keep on flowering and looking their best, right into autumn.

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The secret is to water, feed and deadhead them regularly – here’s how.

As temperatures rise and summer sets in, it pays to give your container plants a little time and care.

You will need

  • Container plants
  • Watering can
  • Liquid plant food
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Step 1

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.

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Step 2

Pick off dead flowerheads regularly – every day if possible. 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. Find out more about deadheading.

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