Hanging baskets filled with flowers add visual interest to your deck or porch and create an inviting atmosphere. Once established, care is typically limited to watering, fertilising with liquid fertiliser and deadheading old blooms.Traditionally filled with ever-blooming annuals these baskets provide bright colour throughout the summer, often blooming from spring until the first frost in the fall. Protecting them from the threat of damage in late spring or early fall frosts extends the life of your plants.
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Remove hanging baskets from their outside location whenever weather reports predict chilling temperatures. Keep in mind that frost may damage hanging plants earlier than those grown at the soil level. If the weatherman hints at scattered frost in your area, your hanging basket needs protection.
Move the basket to a sheltered location. Unless a freeze is expected, an unheated shed or garage provides the protection your hanging basket requires. Bringing the basket inside the home is not recommended as the change in temperature may cause stress to the plant.
Hang the basket on a plant hook or from the rafters of the shed or garage.
Move the basket back to its original position in the morning once the air has warmed.
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