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Summer temperatures have FINALLY arrived up here in Michigan and it feels so incredibly good. I have the windows open and a warm breeze just shuffled through the house rattling the Patriotic Tree. Now the cats are climbing the tree 😆. I’m just going to ignore those kitties, and instead tell you all about my “Lush Flower Window Box Tips”. I have never claimed to be a very good gardener, but I have learned a few tips over the years that really seem to give my flower boxes that extra lush look. I still can’t believe I planted this flower box!
By the way, if you don’t have a window flower box, you can make your very own like we did HERE.
This first photo (above & below) was taken last year. I had noticed how “fluffy” my flowers had become and thought, wowie-I need to share these next spring and tell everyone what I did.
First, I want you to know that this kind of fullness takes a few weeks, or even a couple months. It doesn’t happen over night, and I think having patience is one of the most important tips I can give you.
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Second, be sure to choose flowers that can handle the amount of sun/shade that your window receives. In this flower box I used:
Colorful flowers : Million Bells
White cascading flower: Calypso Jumbo White
It might be a good idea if you check throughout the day and note when the box gets sun or shade and then use that information when you are choosing your flowers. For example, do not use impatiens in a sunny window. A better choice for a sunny window is geraniums. Rest assured the flowers will be labeled at the store with how much sun they require.
Third, when “designing” my flower box, I try it right in the store in the shopping cart. I actually use the “kids seat” area and pretend it is my flower box 😎. I pick 4 small pots of the same colorful flowers and divide them on either side. Then I look for small white cascading flower pots to plant in the middle. Lastly, I add vines in usually in the center. Here’s a diagram to help…
Fourth, and very important…add fresh potting soil to the box before you plant and fill to top of box after they are in. My favorite soil is this one: Julie’s Favorite Potting Soil. I have tried cheaper soils and even homemade versions and this one is still the best.
Fifth, water your boxes every evening until they get going. After that, water every other evening unless you have a rain.
Lastly, fertilize every couple weeks with my favorite fertilizer. I mix 1 tablespoon into my gallon container and it takes seconds.
In summary, here’s my best tips on creating a lush flower window box:
My Best Lush Flower Box Tips
- Be very patient-it takes time to grow.
- Choose your flowers carefully according to sun/read labels.
- Design the box at the store in your cart.
- Use my favorite potting soil.
- Water every evening unless it rains.
- Fertilize with my favorite fertilizer every 2 weeks.
- Take lots of photos and share in Red’s private Facebook group.
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