Hanging Basket Care: 101

In this Bedner TV special, we will be focusing on how to take care of your hanging flower baskets..

To maintain beautiful flower baskets throughout the summer months- be sure to pay attention to the watering, pruning, and fertilizing of your plants.

One of the most important parts of hanging basket care is Watering. When watering- you can lift the basket to feel the weight or touch the soil inside of the basket for moisture. If it is light and lifts easily or the soil feel dry, water the flowers until water runs through the holes beneath the basket. On hot days, be sure to check your container more than once.

Pruning is another important part of flower basket maintenance. To encourage new growth and re-blooming in your hanging basket, be sure to cut back spent flowers and branches. This keeps the plant looking full and from producing seeds.

Fertilizing every 7 to 10 days is key to ensuring a healthy basket and plant growth. When fertilizing your basket- be sure that the soil is moist to avoid burning the plant roots.

There are two different types of fertilizer options: a water-soluble that mixes with water and can be added when watering the basket, and slow-release in the form of pellets that can be placed on the top of the basket before watering. 

If you haven’t watched Bedners TV yet, visit our YouTube channel or watch below for more information on hanging basket care and video tutorials on watering and planting trees, planting for pollinators, and more.

Meet the Staff : Jonathan Gingrich

Name: Jonathan Gingrich

Position:  Landscape Designer & Estimator

Years working at the greenhouse: First Year  

Did you go to school anywhere? Major?  I went to Penn State University, and graduated with a degree in Landscape Contracting: Design/Build

Did you grow up locally? If not, where?  I grew up in Wingate, PA which is located near Penn State University.

What made you want to be a Landscape Designer? Some of the reasons why I choose to be a landscape designer are; I enjoy being creative, and I enjoy coming up with solutions to a problem. Being a landscape designer fulfills that  need to be creative, and it takes that creativity and turns it into reality. For me; seeing one of my designs installed provides a sense of accomplishment that is hard to compare to anything else. The other reason I enjoy being a landscape designer is how it allows me to help others. I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of solving a problem, and I’ve always enjoyed helping others. Landscape design allows me to do both at the same time. Nothing is quite like the joy somebody has after you present a design, or they see their landscape finally installed. When I see that joy, it brings me happiness.

Is there an interesting story about how you got to this type of job? I’m not sure if it would be considered interesting, but how I got interested into landscaping is my need for a summer job. After my freshman year of college I needed a job to pay bills, and one day there was a landscape crew working in my neighbors yard. I decided to talk to this guy, who ended up being the owner of the company, and told him I was interested in working for him. After an interview, and a  ice cream sundae at McDonalds (that’s where I had my interview) I started landscaping the following week. At first I wasn’t crazy about the hard work of mulching and trimming, but I remember after I help completed my first patio I was hooked. That following spring I was no longer majoring in engineering, I was majoring in Landscape Contracting, specifically Design/Build.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job? The most enjoyable part of my job is design a brand new landscape. Although it is challenging when working with a blank canvas, it is also very rewarding when the final product turns into something amazing.

Do you have a favorite plant?  My favorite plant would be hydrangeas or eastern red buds. I love the huge balloon like flowers of the hydrangea and love the pink flowers of the eastern redbuds.

Least favorite plant? My least favorite plant would be viburnum from personal experience when trimming them. At the time I didn’t know this certain viburnum was going to make me itchy than poison ivy. By the end of the day I was ready to quit.

Favorite part of working at Bedner’s?  I really enjoy the people I work with. I am constantly learning, and have people to look up to. The owner Russ is a great role model, who constantly amazes me with how much he does. Anytime I think I have too much on my plate I remember how much Russ is taking on and quickly realize he’s taking on way more than me. That helps motivates me to push myself. I think that is important in any career ,because you need somebody who inspires you to better yourself, and for me, it is the owner Russ.

Something interesting about yourself? One of the more unique parts about my past is I used to wrestle in college. I wrestled at Penn State and I was very fortunate to be apart of a National Championship Teams while I was there.

Upcoming Frost Reminder – 5/06/17

As the temperature outside is expected to drop over the next few nights, there is potential for a frost which can damage vulnerable plants.  Some of the most easily affected by the cold weather are:

  • Houseplants and Tropicals
  • Shrubs and trees that bloom in Spring (Azalea, Rhododendron)
  • Citrus trees
  • Warm-season vegetables (tomatoes and peppers)
  • Warm-season annuals (impatiens, petunia, and geranium)

In order to best protect your plants and flowers, we suggest that you try taking the following steps
  • Bring them inside. If your plants are in containers or baskets, bringing them indoors will help them avoid damage from the cold temperatures.
  • Cover. Any young plants that are in the ground- cover with an inverted pot or container overnight. Be sure to remove the cover when the frost ends.
  • Any shrubs or trees can be covered with a blanket or burlap to trap heat that will protect the plant. Also be sure to remove this in the morning.

Meet the Staff : Brandon Hays

Name: Brandon Jacob Hays

Position: Nursery Manager

Years working at the greenhouse: 1 year

Did you go to school anywhere? Major?  University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Wholesale Production Horticulture.

Did you grow up locally? If not, where?  Grew up in Omaha, Nebraska for 21 years, then moved to Lincoln Nebraska to finish school and start working for the next 9 years.

What made you want to be a Nursery Manager? I never thought I would be in the retail sector when I finished school.  I had worked in retail throughout college and liked it a lot.  I feel like you need to build relationships with people in order to get in the industry of wholesale production. At least to get in the door with the big boys.  So starting out in the retail industry gives me a chance to meet a lot of growers and see a lot of nurseries.  It is a beginning point in my career that so far has taught me a lot of valuable lessons.

Is there an interesting story about how you got to this type of job? Well, I met my soon to be wife in Omaha and she is originally from Pittsburgh.  So we decided to move here and I came across the position at Bedner’s and decided to apply.  One thing led to another and before I knew it a year has gone by and I have a full season under my belt and I am getting married.  It all happens so fast but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job? Seeing the faces of customers when they come visit the store and see all the annuals and hanging baskets when they first walk in the door.  I really feel people’s spirits change when they walk in and smell the flowers and the soil and see all the other happy people around them living in the moment and enjoying life.

Do you have a favorite plant? I am huge fan of Oak trees.  Have always been a tree guy but if I had to narrow it down to one it would be the Relict Oak (Quercus macrocarpa ‘Relict’)  It comes from the Southwestern Part of Nebraska deep in a canyon that was believed to be untouched from prairie fires and devastating storms.  Its parentage traces back to a mix of Bur Oaks, Gamble Oaks, and Post Oaks.  The name ‘Relict’ is the ecology form meaning a plant that exists as a remnant of a formerly widely distributed group in an environment.  

Least favorite plant? Least favorite plant would have to be perennial globe thistle (Echinops ritro).  Back in Nebraska it is an invasive weed.  In Pennsylvania it’s a flower that people buy for their gardens.  I will never like it but every plant does have its place.

Favorite part of working at Bedner’s?  I really like unloading all the trucks with the plants in them.  Just seeing what they all look like and enjoying the musty smell of soil from inside the truck.  Just brings me a lot of happiness.

Gardening Tip? Think of your plants like yourself.  What do you need to make it through the day? Food, water, and rest. Your plants need all that as well.  

A gardening trick you learned that always stuck with you?  Epsom salts works great as a soil acidifier, and when you are done gardening for the day you can soak your feet with it too.

Something interesting about yourself?  In school I had the opportunity to go seed collecting in a cemetery and it was one of the most exciting trips I have ever done.  If I ever get the chance to do it again I would not hesitate.

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