So What happened???

Million bell and Canna

Million bell and Canna

I’m a little late posting this with these photos, but it’s still relevant and something to think about for next year.
The photo above shows the beautiful Orange Million Bell (Calibrachoa), blooming for all it’s worth. Part of a huge container, along with Canna Lily Durban, Cherry Rose Geraniums and Bidens.
Now I have to admit, I cheated a little with these planters. I was having people over early in the season and I usually start my planters off with small plants and let them grow into the containers, but I was a little impatient and “needed” fuller, more colourful containers, quickly. So I bought a couple of Million Bell hanging baskets, to go along with the Canna and Geraniums….fill it up a bit! Nothing soooo bad about that, but it’s just something I don’t do too often.

Take your memory back to Mid/late May when the hanging basket industry is in full swing. They are EVERYWHERE!!! Even your local convenience store sells hanging baskets. To get the hanging baskets ready for the crazy crowds of customers that want instant colour and less hassle, the hanging baskets have to be almost at their peak by the time they hit the stores. The better they look, the quicker they sell. They have been growing for a couple of months in a nice warm greenhouse. Being fed heavily on flowering fertilizer so they will look super pretty for you when you’re ready to buy them.

This is great in late May and the month of June, but by the time July comes along and our Canadian summer is in full swing and we have people popping over for cocktails on the patio, we really would like our containers to be full and showy. BUT!…our baskets may be a little tired by then…

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So. What happened? Well I suspect the Million Bells had been on steroids before I bought them and after a few weeks I fertilized with 15-30-15…flowering plant food. High middle number promotes bloom…just in case you didn’t know. I think the flowers were over fertilized and the plant got burnt. You might not be able to see from the photo, but the leaves were brown and crispy!!! Not what you want for your focal point!!!

Now me being me couldn’t cope with a planter looking like that, so I stole a couple of plants from another planter I had on the go and here is what I have today…My colour scheme changed from Lots of Orange to lots of Pink!!!

August Container

August Container