Plant Care Instructions

Thank you for supporting our fundraisers! Now let's make sure everyone knows how to care for the plants to keep them beautiful for as long as possible.

Spring Plant Care

Hanging Baskets and Patio Planters
  • Light: Place in a location with at least 5 hours of direct sunlight per day. Morning sun is OK
  • Watering: When top of the soil is slightly dry to the touch, water well until it runs out the bottom of the basket or container
  • Fertilizing: The soil is enriched with a slow release fertilizer. However, you may supplement this every two weeks with a balanced fertilizer such as 20-20-20 or 15-30-15
  • Maintenance: As the flowers finish blooming, pinch them off to help promote new flowers and fuller growth
  • Temperature: Place plants outside once temperature is above 10-15 degrees Celsius, and all danger of frost is gone
Geraniums and Bedding plants
  • The geraniums may be planted directly into well drained soil or potted into a larger container. Once transplanted, water thoroughly. Same care instructions as above for the hanging baskets and planters.
Herbs
  • The herbs may be planted directly into your garden or a large container. Place outside once temperatures are above 10-15 degrees Celsius and all danger of frost is past. Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer such as 20-20-20 or 15-30-15. Water thoroughly when top of the soil is dry to the touch. Snip off the leaves and/or stems to use in your favorite dishes. Doing so will also promote more growth.
Strawberries
  • Transplant the plants into a special tiered strawberry planter, or directly into your garden. Exposure: full sun. Same care instructions as the herbs above.
Tomatoes
  • Place in a sunny location. Tomatoes do not like rain on them, you can move them under cover or place them under a clear plastic “tent”. Fertilize with the same fertilizer as described above.
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Winter Plant Care

Poinsettias
  • *IMPORTANT* Keep your plants away from open drafts and cold areas.
  • Use shopping bags to transport the poinsettias to the car or house on cold days.
  • Water when the soil feels dry to the touch (every 3-4 days approximately)
    • Over-watering will cause root-rot in the plant and it will die
    • Under-watering will cause the plant to dry up and die
  • Poinsettias do their best at room temperature (keep away from outside doors & heaters)
  • If the students are unable to take them home right away, keep the poinsettias in a warm room and pull the sleeves down so that they can breathe (do not leave sleeves on for longer than necessary)
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