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hanging plants newbie

Posted by woodswalker88 6 (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 17, 13 at 16:41

Hi,
I bought some of those cheap hanging plants. Ferns, and some kind of annuals...begonias, I think. Hung them up at the edge of my porch. Well it is 3 weeks later and they are already crisped, fried & dying.

The temperature has been mostly in the 70s/80s, although today is pretty humid. (southeast PA-zone 6.5.) It is just average summer weather, not a heat wave or anything. We have had LOTS of rain. I imagine these plants have caught their share of water.

They are planted in this spongy potting soil, it is pretty porous & fake-looking. I imagine it doesn't retain much water. I actually pressed this down & added about an inch of potting soil mixed with our native clay. Topped it off with mulch to try to prevent the heat drying these plants out.

Do people actually take these plants out and "re-pot" them in a better mix of soil? (like something with real soil added?)

I don't know what else to do to keep these plants alive. Or are cheap hanging plants not even meant to live beyond a month? Are they just one step above buying a cut-flower bouquet?


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RE: hanging plants newbie

Ferns and begonias cannot take full sun. They also cannot take garden soil, especially if it has clay. They need regular watering. That spongy soil is peat based, and although it is not ideal, it is commonly used successfully to grow begonias and ferns. I suggest you do some research before buying any more plants. If you buy cheap plants from people who can't give you basic information about how to care for them, this is what happens.


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