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I’m a gardening expert and these are the serious mistakes you make with your hanging baskets

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If you're a fan of hanging baskets, it turns out there are some common mistakes that many of us have made

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If you’re a fan of hanging baskets, it turns out there are some common mistakes that many of us have madePhoto credit: Getty

But if hanging baskets are your thing, listen up because turns out we made some serious mistakes with this.

And these mistakes could have a major impact on your flowers.

A gardening expert broke the record for hanging baskets, and if you want your flowers to bloom you’re making some mistakes you need to stop now.

Jonathan Pearce, chief gardener at Pensthorpe Natural Park, a nature reserve and gardens in Fakenham, Norfolk, spoke to Express.co.uk and revealed the mistakes many of us make with our hanging baskets.

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So if you have one hanging by your front door, you need to read on to find out what to stop so your flowers don’t get “overwhelmed”.

First, the next time you place your plants in a hanging basket, make sure they have plenty of space between them as it’s important not to pinch them tightly.

Jonathan explained: “I often see people putting too many or too few plants in the hanging basket.

“Make sure they have room to grow and their roots to spread, but also not be overwhelmed by soil or water.”

According to experts at Thompson-Morgan, “A general rule of thumb when planting a hanging basket is: Use one plant per inch of basket diameter – so 12 plants per 30 cm (12″) hanging basket.”

How often you fertilize your flowers is another area where some gardeners tend to make mistakes.

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Jonathan emphasized the importance of fertilizing your hanging baskets once a week.

He continued, “I would recommend using a slow release fertilizer or liquid feed to support growth.”

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Using a fertilizer like this ensures that the feed is released slowly, allowing your flowers to bloom without becoming overwhelmed.

Also, it’s important to pay close attention to the type of compost you use when planting a hanging basket.

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Jonathan recommended using “a peat-free compost” and explained “it’s better for the environment and helps the plants thrive”.

This type of compost contains a variety of organic, sustainable ingredients that allow your flowers to grow and bloom in time for summer.

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Jessica MacLeish

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