Flowers for Hanging Pots

Hanging pots are a striking way to grow flowers, and there is an abundance of varieties that work beautifully. Hanging pots are very popular and are used in businesses, shopping malls and homes worldwide. They can be filled with several types of flowers, or with a single variety.

Wave Petunias

These spreading, mounding petunias first entered the gardening world in 1995. They are prized for their expansive, abundant blooms and their tolerance of less-than-desirable growing conditions. Heat, drought and wind have little effect on these petunias. They bloom with ease from early spring until frost. Plant wave petunias in a location of full sunlight. Water them to keep the soil moist, but not saturated. Always water them early in the day so they will have a chance to dry before nightfall, and water at the base of the plant to avoid the leaves and blooms. Wave petunias are heavy feeders and require regular fertilization. Use a liquid fertilizer according to label directions. Although wave petunias are hardy against insects and disease, they are susceptible to a few ailments. Iron deficiency and stem rot are common problems. Treat iron deficiency by fertilizing the plant with a supplement. Prevent stem rot by not overwatering.

Bleeding Heart

This old-fashioned favorite is an herbaceous perennial known for its unique flowers. Its colorful, heart-shaped flowers hang in rows from small stems. Depending on the cultivar, bleeding heart flowers bloom in early spring or all summer long. They prefer shade over sun and grow best when placed in a partially to entirely shady location. Bleeding heart will produce larger quantities of rich-colored blooms when grown in the shade. Good soil drainage is a must for bleeding heart, and it prefers consistently moist soil. If the soil is too dry, the plant will stop producing flowers, but if it's too wet, the plant can rot. Overall, bleeding heart is a disease resistant plant.

Ivy Geranium

Ivy geraniums are popular plants for use in hanging pots. They prefer moderate temperatures and should be placed accordingly. In 65- to 80-degree F temperatures, ivy geranium should be placed in full sun. When temperatures reach 85 and above, place the plant in a partially sunny location. Soil moisture is also very important. Moisture inconsistency can lead to edema, a common disorder that causes scar tissue and leaf spotting. Keep the soil consistently moist--never saturated or completely dry. Ivy geraniums are generally resistant to pests.

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