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Hangng baskets in sun with little water


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Doreen29-May-00 11:21 AM EST   
Jeff Rolland29-May-00 11:36 AM EST   
Jeff Rolland29-May-00 11:44 AM EST   
Debbie29-May-00 01:56 PM EST   
Carolyn29-May-00 02:11 PM EST   
Carolyn29-May-00 09:34 PM EST   
H.H.Gardener01-Jun-00 11:40 PM EST   
JDB04-Jun-00 08:24 PM EST   
LK05-Jun-00 06:29 PM EST   
Joanne06-Jun-00 03:26 PM EST   
Alison09-Jun-00 02:06 PM EST   


Subject: Plants for baskets in sun with little water
From: Doreen
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Date: 29-May-00 11:21 AM EST

We will be planting urns and hanging baskets again this year. Since these containers are at the lake, we are looking for plants that will take full sun with inadequate watering. What plants would work reasonably well under these conditions?


Subject: RE: Hangng baskets in sun with little water
From: Jeff Rolland
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Date: 29-May-00 11:36 AM EST

I would plant geraniums. They are great for sun and they like to be on the dry side ... mine won't stop flowering. They make a great show all summer. I also choose them for planting at the cemetery, where I cannot be everyday to look after flowers, and I am always amazed how well they do in full sun and only getting natural watering from rainfall. Anyways, that's my choice. Cheers! Jeff.


Subject: RE: Hangng baskets in sun with little water
From: Jeff Rolland
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Date: 29-May-00 11:44 AM EST

I would plant geraniums. They are great for sun and they like to be on the dry side ... mine won't stop flowering. They make a great show all summer. I also choose them for planting at the cemetery, where I cannot be everyday to look after flowers, and I am always amazed how well they do in full sun and only getting natural watering from rainfall. Anyways, that's my choice. Cheers! Jeff.


Subject: RE: Hangng baskets in sun with little water
From: Debbie
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Date: 29-May-00 01:56 PM EST

Something you may want to try is to line your hanging baskets with plastic before you plant. I've just used garbage bags, and poked drainage holes in them to match the pot. It's really cut down on the amount of watering I have to do!


Subject: RE: Hangng baskets in sun with little water
From: Carolyn
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Date: 29-May-00 02:11 PM EST

Purchase a potting mix that has water-retentive granules--Pro-Mix is a good one. This will help to keep the soil moist a bit longer. Look for one that also has a time- release fertilizer--will help to cut down on your fertilizing maintenance while you're at the cottage.

Apparantly, Lantana and Nasturtiums are very drought-tolerant plants that love full sun exposure.


Subject: RE: Hangng baskets in sun with little water
From: Carolyn
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Date: 29-May-00 09:34 PM EST

Heard about another tip to avoid frequent watering or if you can't be there to water frequently. Plant in very large containers and hanging baskets--the smaller the container, the quicker they dry out. It seems the more soil there is, the longer it can retain moisture and go without watering. Common sense, really. Good Luck!


Subject: RE: Hangng baskets in sun with little water
From: H.H.Gardener
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Date: 01-Jun-00 11:40 PM EST

You can also purchase a soil moisture granular additive to use in your potting mix, if the Pro-Mix potting mix is not available. The Purslanes and Rose Moss would be excellent choices for the hanging baskets, tolerating dry conditions.


Subject: RE: Hangng baskets in sun with little water
From: JDB
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Date: 04-Jun-00 08:24 PM EST

Try one of the many sedums, they can go for weeks without watering.

Good luck!!


Subject: RE: Hangng baskets in sun with little water
From: LK
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Date: 05-Jun-00 06:29 PM EST

I've used a product called Soil Moist which are polymer granules that are supposed to reduce watering by 50%. The package says that it will last several seasons.

Also, try not to hang the plants in a windy area then they won't dry out so quickly.


Subject: RE: Hangng baskets in sun with little water
From: Joanne
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Date: 06-Jun-00 03:26 PM EST

I've used those polymer granules and they do, in fact, work beautifully. Also, I have the wave petunias in a basket in full sun and they get very dry. I cannot believe how incredibly well they are doing. I only planted them a month ago and every single one is covered in beatiful blooms. The plant will spread over the edges up to 4 feet, I am told. Mine have already started to spread and they are spectacular.


Subject: RE: Hangng baskets in sun with little water
From: Alison
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Date: 09-Jun-00 02:06 PM EST

The sedums and other succulents are very drought hardy and will take low water in stride. interesting deserty looking planters can be done up . If you want you could "plant" a sponge in the bottom of your planter to soak up excess water from watering and release it gradually to the soil or roots. Or try a bottle with the bottom cut out sunk into the middle of the planter . It can be filled with water to trickle away over time.


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