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Self deadheading annuals


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From:Date:Zone:
Trish07-Aug-05 06:15 PM EST 8   
Patricia 08-Aug-05 07:45 PM EST 5   
Trish09-Aug-05 04:20 PM EST 8   
Janine10-Aug-05 05:43 PM EST 2b   
Patricia 11-Aug-05 02:26 PM EST 5   
Trish12-Aug-05 03:13 PM EST   
Trish12-Aug-05 03:20 PM EST 8   
Patricia14-Aug-05 06:17 AM EST 5   
Glen T14-Aug-05 10:06 AM EST 7   
Trish14-Aug-05 05:11 PM EST 8   
Glen T16-Aug-05 08:41 AM EST 7   
Maureen McIlwain28-Aug-05 07:26 AM EST 5b   


Subject: Self deadheading annuals
From: Trish
Zone: 8
Date: 07-Aug-05 06:15 PM EST

I need some suggestions for annuals to put in a hanging baskets and planters that do not need deadheading. I have Petunias now, but we run a motel and I'm just too busy to spend time deadheading constantly.

I'd like something in blue, white or purple which would really stand out.

Thanks for the help.


Subject: RE: Self deadheading annuals
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 08-Aug-05 07:45 PM EST

So besides being self deadheading, this plant also has to be able to cope with the usually hot and dry conditions of hanging planters and "really stand out". A very tall order! Lovely silk flowers might do the trick: they come in any colour you like and never need deadheading OR watering. Seriously, I find hanging baskets 'way more trouble than they are worth -and if you want them to stay alive, you must water every single day.


Subject: RE: Self deadheading annuals
From: Trish
Zone: 8
Date: 09-Aug-05 04:20 PM EST

Thanks for the wonderful suggestion - silk flowers it is from now on.

I'll pass your thoughts on to all the cities and public gardens across Canada - they will surely be happy to no longer need to worry about having to care for their much admired hanging baskets!


Subject: RE: Self deadheading annuals
From: Janine (jjschuel@telusplanet.net)
Zone: 2b
Date: 10-Aug-05 05:43 PM EST

HiTrish

I've been reluctant to reply since my zone is so different from yours, so I don't know if what grows well for me will last as long for you. But in the spirit of never letting a lack of knowledge get in the way of voicing an opinion.... Brachycome (aka Swan River Daisy) have nice purple flowers with yellow and black eyes and the spent blooms seem to shrink back behind the bloomers. Snapdragon flowers last a long time, so deadheading is not such a frequent requirement, same with zinnias. There seems to be an awful lot of really nice foliage plants avaible now too. There was an explosion of coleus varieties available this spring. I wonder if the petunias used in municipal flower baskets are a special variety? I never see anyone deadheading them, and they look fabulous all summer long? Good luck with the planters.


Subject: RE: Self deadheading annuals
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 11-Aug-05 02:26 PM EST

Trish - I know you think that my remarks were sarcastic and please accept my apologies. It was not my intention, believe me. What I meant was that since you are a busy motel owner, caring for hanging baskets might be a lot of trouble. They are difficult to keep in good shape. Public gardens usually have dedicated staff doing all this work.


Subject: RE: Self deadheading annuals
From: Trish
Zone:
Date: 12-Aug-05 03:13 PM EST


Subject: RE: Self deadheading annuals
From: Trish
Zone: 8
Date: 12-Aug-05 03:20 PM EST

Patricia - My apologies too. I do agree that hanging baskets are a lot of work, but we need the place to look attractive for our guests - and more importantly, potential guests driving by. It was one thing we noticed missing when we first saw the motel. There was only one flower bed!!

Next year I'll stick with the Swan River Daisy, Bacopa and some interesting foliage (thanks Janine). Am also wondering if there would be any suitable perennials??


Subject: RE: Self deadheading annuals
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 14-Aug-05 06:17 AM EST

Trish - I went to another garden forum (USA) and in a forum called "Drought" there was a great idea: portulacas! There is a plant with brilliant coloured flowers which can take any amount of sun and dryness. I don't remember seeing them in hanging baskets, but don't know why not.... Every single bright colour you can think of, except blue, of course. They are a succulent and so conserve water in their leaves.


Subject: RE: Self deadheading annuals
From: Glen T
Zone: 7
Date: 14-Aug-05 10:06 AM EST

Trish--looking at our tubs and baskets today, the plants that continue to do well with the onset of hot weather include million bells (purple and white are available, as well as the common red), lobelia (this sometimes craps out toward the end of the summer but it's looking awesome right now) and the wave petunias.

It seems crucial to get the wave or some similar "brand" of petunia, which keep flowering without the deadheading. The waves don't actually seem to set much seed, which might help to explain their continued good looks thru the summer. And the rich purple one is my favourite!


Subject: RE: Self deadheading annuals
From: Trish
Zone: 8
Date: 14-Aug-05 05:11 PM EST

I do grow portulaca in the flower bed, but have never considered them for a hanging basket - has anyone tried them?

I think the petunias I have are the Wave - so should I just leave the spent blooms? They do seem to keep flowering, so maybe it's just an old habit to think they need constant deadheading.

Thanks for all the input.


Subject: RE: Self deadheading annuals
From: Glen T
Zone: 7
Date: 16-Aug-05 08:41 AM EST

Trish--my dad would always put portulaca in his baskets, so they do work fine. Their drought tolerance is a plus on those hot days when you don't get around to watering in time!

The wave and other petunias might not have to be deadheaded, but any plant looks better if the spent blooms are removed. Your original question was about your busy motel business, so if you don't have time, you just don't have time.

There's certainly no way I could get around to all my petunias to deadhead them every day...the main thing with them is that they look poorly in wet summers, but of course have been looking awesome on the west coast the last sunbaked while!


Subject: RE: Self deadheading annuals
From: Maureen McIlwain (maureenm@nb.aibn.com)
Zone: 5b
Date: 28-Aug-05 07:26 AM EST

Hi Trish - we have window boxes with portulaca in them and they look fabulous -- I hadn't thought of it before either. I work at Kingsbrae Garden in St Andrews, and don't seem to have much time for my own garden, but am planning portulaca hanging baskets for next year! Tons of colour, and less frequent watering is very appealing. The bacopa is great, too, and of course, foliage plants -- coleus though, need to be pinched to discourage going to seed -- but not every day.

I hesitate to say this, but I can't stand petunias -- they look like wet laundry to me, a lot of the time, though the Waves are pretty[ish], and come in more and more colours.


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