GREEN THUMBS UP: Midsummer container garden care

- Routine removal of spent blossoms works wonders for improving the appearance of all annuals in addition to promoting more blooms. While begonias and impatiens shed their spent flowers, continuous manual deadheading of daisies, zinnias, marigolds, verbena, salvia, lantana and dahlias encourages these plants to keep bearing flowers. Petunias tend to be fairly labor-intensive annuals but the rewards of removing shriveled flowers and seedpods are worth the effort. Just pulling off the withered flowers will not prevent the formation of seedpods so it is essential to snip or pinch off the entire seed

Scotts Osmocote Fertilizers - Fertilizers

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Culture media Fafard author has launched a complete range of mixtures of details that make it easier for producers to feed their crops. Through an exclusive agreement with the Scotts Company, Fafard has begun to integrate first controlled distribute fertilizer Osmocote in its standard mixtures. Fully coated fertilizers containing both macronutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) and micronutrients. The fertilizer granules Pygmy provide flow distribution, even for a maximum period of six weeks.The mixtures are intended for pots 4 inches and smaller.

Lorraine Kiefer: Perennials are forever

  1. "Frost-free Super Bells should be planted with Osmocote and will flower continuously if you water it enough," she added. The Vermillionaire plant has tubular-shaped flowers and attracts humming birds, Schmit noted. Another plant, the Lantana, is
  2. Then I finetune by putting a scoop or two of my favorite time-release Osmocote 14-14-14 (green cap) so they continue to bloom. Compost works best so be generous with it, too. Remember that it is the middle number, the phosphate that increases bloom.
  3. It's fine to reuse the planting medium from last year's containers, but for best results this year, enrich the soil with compost and a slow-release fertilizer (Osmocote is one brand). If the soil feels heavy and compacted, add in perlite or coir fiber
  4. Spread bait, such as Amdro, over the whole landscape. Follow instructions on the label. If you have not fertilized citrus and other container plants, do so now. Use Osmocote or a similar product. Live oak leaves make good mulch in vegetable and flower 
  5. Therefore, except for special situations such as container-grown plants or poor soil conditions, I try to use my judgment and prefer to use slow-release Osmocote or organic Plant-tone and Holly-tone, generally once during the season. By doing so, I