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Choosing and Caring for a Mother’s Day Hanging Basket

May 7, 2022

At Coastal, we carry amazing hanging baskets and a huge selection of flowers and plants that can brighten any outdoor space. Whether Mother’s Day or another occasion is around the corner, anytime in the spring or summer is the perfect time to get over to your nearby Coastal and pick up a basket or two. Then check out these special tips from Van Wingerdon Greenhouses to help mom care for her new basket.

Coastal 101: Hanging Basket Basics

Know Where the Basket will Live (Sun or Shade)

Be sure to choose a basket that fits the conditions where it will be placed. If the sun will hit the basket from 11am to 3pm every day, be sure to get a full-sun variety. However, do not hang your basket (even a full sun variety) right next to a south-facing wall of your home. The temperatures and heat can toast even the hardiest full-sun baskets. Look for an area where the basket will get some relief from the sun during the heat of the day. And be sure the location is easy to water.

Give Them Plenty of Water

A hanging basket should not be considered fully watered until fluids drain from the bottom of the basket for 20 seconds. Full sun baskets should get watered every day, if not more often. Shade varieties can be watered less regularly.

Fertilize and Prune

Add a layer of slow-release fertilizer to the top of the soil in all of your baskets. Each time you water, you’ll also be fertilizing your flowers. Additionally,  you should continually deadhead blooms and cut back plants that are struggling. This will encourage new flowers and dense growth throughout the basket.

Pick Up Your Hanging Baskets at Coastal

Stop by your West Coast-owned and operated Coastal where you’ll find hanging baskets and our garden section packed with starts, seeds, fertilizers, soil, hoses, tools, and Coastal employees who can help you grow a great garden and beautify your outdoor spaces.