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By Mje

Cheadle Hulme Cheshire, United Kingdom Gb

I have a hanging basket whicj I put in my front porch whilst the snow was around. It has Polyanthus and some winter pansy in it. They are mainly small to very small and now few flowers. Should I feed them and if so what with to get a decent bloom from them ? Help get away from just green small plants... Ta



My primulas are recovering after being covered in snow for some time. I find pansies tend to rest after christmas and come back again with a good flourish after a rest. I never feed my winter baskets but I do put them in new compost when planting.

P.S Just had a thought inside your front porch is it perhaps too protected? too shaded in winter and too dry they need water but not as much as in the summer and of course light.

21 Jan, 2010


Mine flopped out during the cold. They usually revive, so I live in hope. I don't feed mine, either.

21 Jan, 2010


I dont normally feed mine and I potted up baskets all with young pansy plants .
But they are now inbud but noticed with all this wet leaves are all covered in black spots.

22 Jan, 2010


leave them in the porch for at least another week ,as we have got more realy cold weather to come, as I understand what you wrote you missed the snow on them by puting them in your porch. good thinking, they will recover when the days get longer and the air gets wormer,

22 Jan, 2010


Give them a spray Scotkat as most recover from this and pick off any badly affected leaves too.

22 Jan, 2010


Thanks all, you always give good advice. I have the basket outside now but will watch for frost and in they come again. I will not feed them but keep them moist.

22 Jan, 2010

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