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Things You Should Know About Keeping Hanging Plants

Most hanging plants are quite hardy and are less demanding for care than other ornamental plants, but you can make them even healthier with these easy tricks.

There are varieties of hanging baskets used for hanging plants, but the sturdiest is made from wire and filled with a growing medium. Clay pots are also fine, but they are slightly heavier than the wire baskets.

Any type of material for a hanging basket is fine but you should pick the biggest baskets that you can find to allow the plant to grow. Bigger baskets also minimize pruning, but you will also have to take into consideration its water retention characteristics.

Water retention can be addressed by picking the right liner for the hanging basket. There are plenty that you can choose from in garden supplies shops, but the most common are the following: cocoa liners which are thick but not suited for planting on the sides; sphagnum moss which is thick, mostly dry, but can be difficult to maintain; burlap liners which are environmentally-friendly and will not retain water, but it has to be treated with copper; and the supamoss which has excellent drainage but has an artificial look.

When transferring the plant to the hanging basket, make sure that the first layer of soil is at least 5 inches thick. If you are going to place a drainage, there has to be at least 3 inches of soil between the pipe and the base of the basket. Make tiny incisions on the liner and place the plant just below the soil.

Some varieties of hanging plants require full sunlight and survive warm temperatures but be sure to check for specific requirements for each plant before buying. Some plants also require only minimal sunlight and cool temperature. You can place these in shaded areas or indoors but take them out occasionally.

During hot days, you will need to water the plants every 2 or 3 days. When watering, do so only at the coolest time of the day. The size of the hanging baskets should also be considered; smaller baskets dry out faster than the larger once. To determine if the plant is getting enough water, wait until the water streams down through the holes and the basket feels heavy with water.

However, avoid watering the plants too much. At least one inch of the top of the soil should be free from moisture before you water. The roots can rot if the soil or planter is soaked in too much water.

Remove dead flowers and leaves by pinching off the part where it meets the stem. However, there are varieties that will not need pruning, so be sure to check first.

You can use a fertilizer for hanging plants if they are not getting enough nutrients from the soil. Apply the fertilizer only while the soil is moist, but again check for the specific requirements for each plant.

Don’t forget to rotate the baskets occasionally so that every side gets the sunlight it needs. Indoor plants should also be taken out occasionally into the sunshine.

How to Care for Roses for Beginners

Growing beautiful flowers is every flower enthusiast’s ultimate dream, but it takes more than watering the plants everyday to achieve it. If you are a beginner, roses might be the best type of flower to start with because they are not high maintenance.

Below are tips to successfully grow a beautiful rose garden in your backyard.

Identify the roots. If you have ever been to a rose garden, you’d know by now that there are several types to choose from. Not all roses should be grown in a pot, but potted roses are the best types for beginners. Potted roses can also withstand almost any condition and are even easy to transfer to a flower bed or another pot.

Identify the rose variety. Some rose varieties need to be grown in specific conditions to flourish, so besides the type of root, you need to research which roses can grow well in a climate like Singapore’s. There are also some types of roses that you can only plant in a big backyard (e.g., climbing roses) and may not be suitable as a potted plant on a porch.

One rose at a time. As a beginner, you should only focus on one type of rose for now and master it. You can then alter add other varieties once you are confident with your skills.

Consider the amount of sunlight received. If you love rose bushes and want them in your garden, make sure that the site gets at least 6 hours of sunlight. However, they need to be protected from the harsh sunlight at noontime and in the afternoons.

Get the right type of soil. Don’t use just about any potting soil you can find, because most varieties of roses thrive in well-drained soil. The best mix would be a combination of peat moss, heavy clay, and compost that preferably contains a lot of organic matter.

Do not plant on hot sunny days. If you are planning to transfer your newly-bought roses, do it in the early hours of the morning when the sunlight isn’t harsh. Any plant, not just roses, can wither and stress when planted in a hot sunny day.

Give them enough room to grow. A rose needs a deep pot or a deep hole to flourish. Do not plant them too close together because they need a lot of room to grow the roots. The crown of the plant should not be more than 3 inches below ground. Space the bushes at least 3 feet apart.

Use a slow-release fertilizer. This is especially important for newly-transferred roses. Water it then add some more soil at the top after replanting the rose. Remember that roses, especially rose bushes, need regular fertilizer. If you can’t find a slow-release fertilizer, you can use compost or composted manure or organic fish emulsion as substitutes. These should be applied monthly.

Water properly. Since the climate in Singapore is hot and humid, you will need to water the roses if the top of the soil looks dry. Water the roots directly, but don’t spray it on the leaves alone. Make sure the soil is uniformly wet because you shouldn’t drown the plant in water.