How To Keep Your Containers Blooming


Osmocote Smart Release Plant Food is our secret ingredient that keeps our container gardens blooming all summer long. Cyndy and her crew of French Gardeners mix a scoopful of Osmocote into the soil in every pot and hanging basket before they start planting, and then they spread on another scoopful over the top after they've finished the pot or the basket. Osmocote is guaranteed not to burn when used as directed. It's granules don't wash away easily and it feeds plants continuously for four full months. Osmocote has the perfect balance of Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorus as its primary nutrients for plant growth and survival. It also contains a myriad of micronutrients like boron, copper, iron, manganese and zinc to keep your plants happy and healthy with beautiful colorful blossoms all summer long. When water penetrates each biodegradable resin-coated capsule it releases its nutrients as the plants need them.

If it's been a really hot summer and your flowering plants look like they need another boost, we always suggest a thorough watering with a solution of an all purpose plant food that is high in phosphorus to encourage blooms. Watering with a liquid fertilizer should occur every 4 to 6 weeks throughout the summer.  Cyndy's favorite fertilizer is one by Age Old Organics.  It's called Age Old Bloom and it is derived from fish, feathers and seaweed.  Age Old Organics was actually started in Boulder back in 1991 by a group of friends who wanted to garden without using any chemicals.  They have since moved their family owned operations to Mendota, Illinois, but they still use only the finest natural ingredients in all of their soil amendments and fertilizers. We carry a full range of their products and can help you pick the right ones for all your gardening needs.

Roxy likes Fertilome's Blooming and Rooting plant food.  It's very high in phosphorus, 9-58-8, and gives her blooms and strong, healthy plants all summer long. Fertilizing every few weeks seems to be a must for moss hanging baskets.  The nutrients in the soil get washed away so quickly with all the watering they require during the growing season that we often recommend fertilizing them every 2 to 3 weeks.