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Do I remove the root ball from petunias for hanging baskets?

Posted by longknife 4 Way Upstate NY (My Page) on
Mon, May 2, 11 at 10:16

When I went to our local green house for some materials, I asked about what to transfer my petunias into (out of 6 pack cells) and she said they should go into 4 inch pots. So I did that. When I go to put up my hanging baskets, 4" root balls will occupy a lot of the basket. I also wanted to use a differtent potting soil mix in the basket from that of the 4" pots. The question is, can I remove a lot of the root ball from the 4" pot when filling the hanging basket? And how much? TIA

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RE: Do I remove the root ball from petunias for hanging baskets?

There shouldn't have been any need to double transplant. Your plants from the 6 packs should have gone directly into your hanging baskets. If you remove a good portion of the root ball, it will result in a pretty unhappy plant! Water and nutrients are taken up by the roots, and they support the plant. Remove a good portion, and the plant suffers (equate it to removing one of your lungs). You should easily be able to fit 3 4" pots into a standard 10" hanging basket without removing root mass.

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