How to keep plants in small containers from flagging in the hot weather
As this year’s scorching summer reaches its peak, a 10-minute “pick-me-up” this weekend could help keep your hanging baskets and windowboxes from flagging.
Unlike plants in open ground, which usually has a stable level of moisture and nutrients, plants in small containers experience wide fluctuations due to their smaller volume of growing media. In the case of nutrients, most potting composts only contain enough soluble fertiliser to support about six weeks of healthy growth, meaning containers that were planted up in the spring will be running low come July.
Dilute aspirin solutions have been shown to help make plants more resilient to drought, heat, cold and even some pests