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What’s the best way to water hanging baskets?

What’s the best way to water hanging baskets?

A line of hanging baskets in full bloom can completely transform a street, creating different layers of colour and visual interest at a range of heights. They complement shop frontages, houses and public buildings beautifully, making them a popular choice when looking for planters to bring an instant face lift to a location.

However, traditional hanging baskets are notoriously difficult to keep well-watered and looking fresh during the summer months due to the fact that they need frequent watering because the ambient air dries out the soil in planters more quickly.

As a result, many Britain in Bloom groups and councils use Amberol’s self-watering hanging baskets which require far less maintenance. The planters in the Amberol range need watering just once or twice a week, even in the hottest weather.

Ways of watering

Hanging baskets create an interesting focal point because of their height, but this can also make them tricky to reach when watering. It’s also difficult to touch test the soil and so there is a higher risk of under or overwatering. Some councils and businesses have irrigation systems while many others use equipment such as a long-handled water wand.

The whole issue of watering hanging baskets has recently been a subject for debate amongst some of our customers who have been sharing advice and experiences. One customer who uses a metal wand with a curved end to reach the holes in the planter finds that it works well but tends to be a two-handed task. Being a helpful bunch, other In Bloomers have chipped in with some useful suggestions to make the job easier for anyone using a metal wand to water hanging baskets. Tips include looking for the Amberol sticker as that shows where the watering hole is or alternatively, putting silver tape at the bottom of the basket. Other suggestions cutting the watering wand to make it less of an arc so it's easier to insert.

Watering advice from Amberol

Amberol’s MD Patience Atkinson-Gregory also has some tips based on years of experience. “All the above advice is useful, especially making the wand less of a curve,” she comments. “Certainly, a swan neck lance is good for hanging baskets as it ensures the water goes down into the reservoir. If two people are involved in the watering process one could have a stick with an arm much like that used for roller painting, to move aside the flowers to help the other person see the hole better. However, we do make the watering holes in our planters easier to locate in new product designs.”

Patience adds: “Basically, it’s one of those things that comes with experience. The address label usually sits below the watering hole. The issue really arises because the self-watering facility enables such good growth that the labels are sometimes covered by cascades of flowers - so they become a victim of their own success!”

However you choose to water your hanging baskets, it’s important to remember that perennial hanging baskets need to be repotted every year, ideally at the start of spring, This helps to loosen any compacted soil to allow better growth so your hanging baskets look at their best for as long as possible.

A style for every site

Amberol’s range of self-watering hanging baskets includes a Wicker Effect Basket, the Imperial Hanging Basket which comes in two sizes as well as Cup and Saucer planters and conventional styled baskets. All are self-watering and made from recyclable polyethylene.

For more information about Amberol’s self-watering hanging baskets, planters, litter bins, benches and planterware, call 01773 830 930 or email sales@amberol.co.uk.

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