Container CPR: Know the Vitals for Container Success
Karen Chapman has been designing beautiful container gardens since 1996 in the Pacific Northwest. As a self-proclaimed “busy” gardener, she offers these survival tips for reviving container plants and keeping them thriving.
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OBSERVE YOUR PLANTS
“Everything is in close proximity in a container,” says Chapman. “So if one plant has a problem, you can pretty much guarantee the next one will get it.”
Observation is key. From examining plant leaves to checking your watering system, looking and listening to your plants can help save them.
“Talk to your plants,” she suggests. “Well OK, not talk exactly but do look at them—often. Look for slugs and snails, remove dead leaves, deal with insect problems, hone your watering and this should keep your containers looking good until Fall. Remember, revival is easier than resurrection!”
Click through the slideshow for Chapman’s specific tips for container success.