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Old 07-29-2017, 08:15 AM
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I have never been a plant person. I do not have a green thumb. But since I retired I have been trying to learn more about the plants in our yard and get better and keeping them alive.

So in May I bought six baskets of pink petunias for my back porch area. I kept them alive till now. Not bad for a beginner.

I learned that I was dead heading wrong from a youtube video. So when I started doing it correctly they perked back up and started blooming again.

So is there a flower that I can grow that does not need dead heading? I want something easy where I just add some bloom powder, then water and watch them be beautiful. I would also like something that lasts all summer. Is that possible?


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Old 07-29-2017, 08:49 AM
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I like geraniums in a hanging basket, but they are flowers that need to be deadheaded. Just snap off the bloom. They are beautiful and will respond to fertilizer, and will bloom all summer. I overwinter them every year in our farm shop and take them out in the spring and start over with them!
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Old 07-29-2017, 08:52 AM
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overwinter them mean?
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Old 07-29-2017, 08:56 AM
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means to keep them alive through the winter.
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Old 07-29-2017, 08:58 AM
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I haven't deadheaded mine all summer long and they are still going great!

I have the basics...whatever it is they sell at garden/hardware shops. Petunias? Pansies? Not even sure.

Guess I'm lucky, lol. Or maybe these types don't need deadheaded (?).


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Old 07-29-2017, 09:20 AM
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started having less blooms. They were going to seed from what I heard on You tube. I had been pulling the dead flowers off but apparently according to the video you have to get those little green leaf like sprouts behind the bloom too. Anyway when I did that they starting blooming more and looked prettier. It was a great deal of work. I had no idea.


So I don't need to do anything to the flowers before I place them in the garage? I just keep them warm for the winter?

I will try geraniums next and see how I do.
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Old 07-29-2017, 09:22 AM
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For plants, spider plants and pothos are pretty easy to grow in hanging baskets. (Not flowering,though.)
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Old 07-29-2017, 09:35 AM
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With the geraniums I give them a "haircut" before I put them in the farm shop. I just trim them so they don't get so "leggy" during the winter. Then I water them and put them by a sunny window and don't let them freeze. My farmer DH waters them for me thru the winter and sometimes I do! Be sure to put them in your garage before a hard frost.

Another flowering plant that does well in hanging baskets and doesn't need to be deadheaded are impatiens! They are so pretty, bloom all summer and into the fall until frost. They are very tender, though, and even a light frost can kill them. You can overwinter them, too, by cutting bouquets of them and putting them in jars of water. The stems will put out roots and be ready to replant in the spring. The only thing you have to be careful of with impatiens is that they can't take full sun. They do best in the shade or partial sun.
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Old 07-29-2017, 10:47 AM
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I have a covered porch and can hang them under the cover. I originally hung the petunias there but they needed more sun.

Thank you for the help. I don't have windows in my garage so I am not sure how to store them in the winter.
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Old 07-29-2017, 12:41 PM
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I like Begonias because they don't require as much water as some varieties but have a full bloom.


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Old 07-29-2017, 01:58 PM
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I bought a couple of six packs of impatiens and plopped them in hanging baskets with a little potting soil...I'm going to attach a photo. I did that in June and all I have done is water them and add a little Miracle-Gro.
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Old 07-30-2017, 06:55 AM
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Well, apparently I've been deadheading wrong as well, grrr. I thought I was being so good by pulling out the dead flowers every day... Now I have to do it the right way. Sounds like a lot more work. I'm such a brown thumb
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