Tips and tricks for maintaining stunning baskets and planters

Hanging baskets and container gardens are an easy way to add instant bright colour to your yard. Many people find their baskets look amazing until early-to mid-summer, where they start to diminish. Here is an easy way to keep your baskets looking amazing all season long.

Watering is one of the hardest things to do for basket or container gardening.Too much water leads to root rot, while too little will leave the plant dehydrated. In both these cases, the plant will wilt and die. Plants in baskets and planters need to be watered more frequently than gardens.

A few tips to help maintain your baskets or containers are:

  • Make sure your containers have proper drainage.
  • While it’s great to check your baskets daily, you may not need to water each plant daily; some may need water twice a day. Keep in mind that while one plant needs water, it does not mean that they all do.  Many factors, including pot and plant size, will determine how fast a basket or planter dries out.
  • Check pots individually. As a good rule of thumb, soil colour is a great indicator of whether a basket needs water or not. Dry soil generally is the color of a brown paper bag, wet soil is dark brown to black in colour. Only water when the soil is dry.
  • Do not give a cup a day, water thoroughly. Plants will do much better with a deep watering rather than a frequent light watering. It is best to water until water starts to come out the bottom drainage hole. This will encourage roots to grow to the bottom of the pot, which means a healthier plant. It also means you won’t have to water as frequently. The simplest way is to soak the baskets 3 times. Wait 30 minutes, water again until the water runs through. Wait another 30 minutes and water. Your soil is now re-hydrated.

One other important factor to maintaining your baskets or planters is to fertilize. Plants need a lot of nutrients in order to sustain large growth and blooms. By consistently feeding, you are ensuring that your plants maintain all the nutrition necessary to grow large and produce blooms. We recommend feeding your baskets either weekly or bi-weekly with a water-soluble fertilizer. 

Happy Container Gardening!


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Guest post by Jodi - Bylands Account Representative


Outside of work I spend time with my family, playing golf in the beautiful Okanagan, practicing yoga and of course gardening.  I like to plant annual and perennial containers. I also plant a vegetable garden every year.