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How to water hanging baskets

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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 not 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

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For the boldest, brightest display in a hanging basket choose a large container (no smaller than 35cm) and pack it with plants. But keeping them flowering is thirsty work, so for a really successful show the plants will need plenty of water on a regular basis.

You will need

  • Hanging basket
  • Watering can
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Step 1

You will need to water hanging baskets every day, morning and evening, in the height of summer as water is key to keeping flowers coming. Mixing slow-release feeding granules into the compost before planting up will cut your workload a little, but you should still add liquid feed to one watering a week to boost the blooms.

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Use a hanging basket with a built-in reservoir in the base to ensure a constant supply of water. It won’t look attractive at first, but include some trailing plants and they’ll soon hide it.