I'm a master gardener and here's my three top tips to get your hanging baskets looking great…trimming is key for a start | The Sun

A MASTER gardener has revealed his three top tips to get your hanging baskets looking fantastic – so if yours needs some TLC, you’ll want to listen up and take notes.

The garden centre owner explained that water, fertilisation and trimming, are key to a healthy-looking hanging basket.

From Wichita Falls, Texas, the gardening whizz took to TikTok, where he posts under the username @smithsgardentown, to share his advice. 

He said: “I've got three tips to keep your hanging baskets looking fantastic all season long.

“First is watering – this is super crucial because when a plant has foliage that's this big and a pot that's this small, all of these leaves are going to pull the water out of this soil extremely quickly, especially if it's windy, or dry or sunny.

“And so you really need to make sure that these are watered probably every day.

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“You can't over water a hanging basket, as long as it is warm outside.”

The next step, according to this green-fingered man, is fertilisation, as he continued: “Next is fertilize.

“So I've got a couple of different products here that we use in hanging baskets.

“This is a start and grow granular, this is Color Max and they're both really good granular fertilisers.

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“The advantage to these is they're gonna last quite a lot longer in the pot than a liquid fertiliser.

“So with this, I just take a pinch of it about once a month and just scatter it – a heavy pinch – down into the basket.

“Make sure you get all those granules off of the foliage, because they can burn the foliage.

“And then right after you fertilise, water it.

“The reason why fertilisation is so crucial is because these plants that are annuals are very heavy feeders and because there's a limited amount of soil there, they can't reach out and find nutrients in other places – you have to provide the nutrients for them.”

The final tip focuses on regularly trimming your hanging baskets, as the gardening enthusiast noted: “And the last tip is, don't be afraid to trim these.

“If they are getting long on one side or looking uneven, you can take scissors to them and just cut them right back and that'll make them a little more uniform and full looking.

“So water, fertilise and trim and you will have fantastic hanging baskets.”


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The man’s clip has clearly impressed many, as it has quickly amassed an impressive 212.8k views.

It has 4,168 likes, 25 comments and 421 shares.

Social media users were grateful to the man’s advice and were eager to reflect this in the comments. 

One person said: “Thank you so much!” 

Another added: “Love it. Thank you.” 

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