Not only are these sun-loving beauties abundant bloomers, they are truly the lowest-maintenance annuals I've ever grown. Since seed is currently not available, these need to be purchased in 4" pots at your local nursery; be forewarned, though, that they are a little spendy. BUT, if you're looking for easy-care flowers that will bloom all season long (until your first frost), these are definitely worth it! Imagine, no deadheading! And the only maintenance note to be aware of is that too wet of a soil will cause root rot -- be sure to allow the top of the soil to dry between watering and you'll avoid this problem. And just in case you need another reason to try these this year, hummingbirds love them. :)
To prepare your hanging baskets for this year's plants, you'll need to remove any dried stems and roots from the previous year's plants and loosen up the soil.
Remove half of the depleted soil and replace it with compost and some fertilizer (amounts vary depending on the size of your container).
Stir everything together until well-combined before adding your new plants and water gently. I always allow my transplants to enjoy a little time in the shade before moving them into the sun as it seems to help with transplant shock.
Finally, hang your baskets and enjoy!
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