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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REMOVE DEAD FLOWERS AND DEBRIS
Not only does removing spent flowers make your container plants look better, it also helps to restore their energy and keep your soil healthy.
Remove dead flowers. Deadheading gives a plant more energy so it can continue to produce more flowers. I love using million bells, which look like a mini petunia, because they’re self-cleaning. Unlike a regular petunia where you have to get in, get sticky, and cut off the seed head, the million bell flower withers and drops off on its own.
Clear your soil surface. The problem with dead flowers is that you end up with debris on the soil surface which will get wet and rot. The same happens with leaves. You have to look at your soil level, not just what’s on top. Pull off the gray and rotting leaves and dead flowers to keep your soil healthy.