The other day, I was talking with someone who was frustrated with how much time it takes to deadhead (remove spent blossoms) his hanging baskets of petunias. Even though the trailing petunias are very prolific, I can recall how tedious deadheading them can be.
This year, I planted my hanging baskets with Calibrachoa, also known as Million Bells. They essentially are self-deadheading so all I have to do is keep them watered and add a little slow-release fertilizer to the pots every 3 weeks or so. As you can see, they are blooming like crazy and have filled out very quickly.
When I planted them, I used a potting soil that contains water-holding polymers which helps the soil retain moisture longer. That’s a plus right now with our hot, hot weather, although I am monitoring soil moisture on a daily basis.
If you’d like to get a feel for some of the colors Calibrachoa comes in, check out the photos on the Proven Winners web site. I just love the yellow eyes in the centers of the blossoms.