There’s a new chill in the air, the days are gradually getting shorter, and the leaves are starting to turn, with rich shades of brown, red, and yellow starting to appear. Yes, Autumn is coming (metrologically, this officially begins on the 22nd September), which means you should have started the winter planting for your business premises.
For maximum effect, September is an ideal time to start replacing the summer planting before it loses its lustre. After all, your business won’t leave the right impression on visitors if your blooms look tired and faded!
As part of this, your hanging baskets also shouldn’t be forgotten as they can easily add some colour to what is often considered to be the most drab time of the year.
Check out our gardening hacks and tips for spectacular winter hanging baskets…
- When planting winter commercial hanging baskets, annuals and perennials should be used as many of them are hardy enough to survive autumn and winter’s colder temperatures (in fact, many perennial and annual plants can survive in temperatures of below 15 degrees). Some of the best plants for winter hanging baskets include pansies, violas, narcissus, tulips, primrose, wallflowers, and shrubs.
- Add colour to your commercial hanging baskets by using pansies, violas or panolas (which is a hybrid cross between pansies and violas) as your main plant type. As well as being very hardy, they’re available in a range of colours, including yellow, purple, white, and red.
- To soften the edges of the container, and achieve a more natural looking planting display, you can add Aucuba Japonica, Cordyline Australis, Conifer Goldcrest, Polyanthus High Seas, Pansy Jester, and other tall plants to your hanging basket, as well as including trailing ivy or pansy.
- If using a wire hanging basket, line it with moss as this is the most natural looking option. You should also choose the right compost to support your plants in winter. Although multipurpose compost is recommended for summer hanging baskets, ericaceous compost is a better option for autumn and winter hanging baskets.
- Before creating your hanging basket, mix a slow-release fertiliser in with the compost. To keep your flowers thriving after planting, feed them with fertiliser once or twice a week.
- Another way to keep your plants looking their best is by regularly deadheading them; this will encourage more blooms. When you notice a flower fading, cut it off above the healthy leaves.
- To ensure each plant get enough sunlight, frequently rotate your commercial hanging baskets. This helps them to grow as evenly as possible.
- Avoid overwatering the plants in your winter hanging baskets as this may cause root death. A good tip to remember is that the basket should be moist, but never soggy.
- Keep an eye out for common pests, such as slugs, snails, and aphids, and treat these with the appropriate insecticide. You should also be wary of a number of plant diseases; common ones that affect hanging baskets are powdery mildew, impatiens downy mildew, fuchsia rust, and pelargonium rust. Treatment for these varies for each disease, so make sure you research the correct methods before treating them yourself.
At PHS Greenleaf, we have over 25 years’ experience of providing our exterior and interior planting services for businesses across the UK. With our commercial hanging baskets service, we can provide the latest range of summer and winter hanging baskets, with installation and maintenance included.
To find out more, contact PHS Greenleaf today!