It’s late August and we’ve had a grueling hot summer. Hopefully, most of the plants in your pots are alive, even if they do look a little sad. Not to worry, they can be happy again! 🙂
Now is the time to give your plants a decent haircut and to re-fertilize. Cutting back your plants will tell them to put out new growth and the fertilizer will help them do just that!
To give your plants a haircut, lift sections and cut below the set of leaves of each branch, being sure to vary the lengths of each. You never want a straight, horizontal cut…It needs to be kept looking natural! Then cut top layers of branches a little shorter to give a layered look. If it has been a while since you last did this, you may want to make a few smaller haircuts until you get it to where you are happy with it. Don’t be afraid to cut off blooms! Blooms are typically set at the end of the branch, so you will probably have to sacrifice some right now. It’s okay…they will be back, stronger and fuller!
With a good haircut, the plants still look the same, only tidier…
Here’s an example from our “Summer Fun” booklet:
As for fertilizer, I suggest another dose of the Osmocote and a jump start with a liquid fertilizer. Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food is great for this purpose!
Cooler temperatures are just around the corner and you can bet that the plants will respond nicely. You’ll want to continue taking care of them with the deadheading and spraying, as there are still a couple more months left for us to enjoy the summer blooms! For those of you who live in Kansas, the bud worm caterpillars that you get on the geraniums and petunias will be here until October! If you missed the posting on that, here’s a link to it: