I have many hanging baskets around the edge of a large covered outdoor area. This area does get a lot of sun during most of the day. I've changed the plants in these baskets so many times I'm almost bankrupt. They need to be along the edge of the area is necessary as heads get knocked, so I figure I'm planting the wrong choice of plants that do not tolerate almost all day sun. I thought geraniums would thrive but not so. I have to accept my life sentence for plant murder but surely there are some great plants that could thrive in a sunny area in hanging baskets or I give up the whole idea and get pots and keep my feet on the ground. I'm wearing thin of so often re-doing this. I have a couple of pics of when it was looking great in early days. Now RIP. Poor plants. p.s. All plants bought at my local Bunnings.......ooooops Thanks.
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I would try using spider plants. They are really hard, love the heat, and think are better in baskets then the garden, so their babies can't them take over the garden. They look really LUSH and are really easy to take care of. Also I would suggest some succulents, string of pearl, string of beans. And why not try putting a few devil's ivy or common ivy in a basket. Have fun giving these a go maybe. I'm happy with my baskets, so I wish you luck with yours also.
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Can you please tell me your watering schedule and when you water them do you soak them till the water comes out the bottom? What kind of soil did you use for your plants?
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Hanging planters need more frequent watering than pots sitting at ground level, especially if they are exposed to wind and also sun. Over summer you may need to water every day when it is warm/windy. A point to note: if hanging plants are in full sun and the forecast is for high heat or strong, hot winds, take them down and put them in a shaded or protected spot so they don't 'fry'.
It's important to ensure hanging pots are thoroughly watered - until the excess is pouring from the bottom of the pots. If you have hanging baskets (wire lined with coir or similar), take them down and soak each in a bucket of water until air bubbles cease to rise, then re-hang so excess water drains away.
Always use a premium quality potting mix for hanging planters - one that includes controlled release fertiliser, wetting agent and water-storing granules to keep plants healthy and assist in moisture absorption and retention.
Very bad news! I suggest the problem is the coir fibre baskets. They dry out very quickly and are really only for succulents and cactus which need excellent drainage. If you want to stick with those baskets, then install an auto-misting system. Bunnings sell them. We have a very simple misting system but it works really well in the hot summers where I put it on 3 times a day!The plant in the terracotta pot is probably getting too much water sitting in the saucer. I always cut back dead or dying plants and voila, they spring back to life. If you don't know the names of the plants, then join Facebook group, Plant Identification Australia and upload your pics. Then you can research to find out what growing conditions they like.
Also, plants have seasons where they die back naturally such as the Zygo cactus only flowering in spring/summer or the cold winter kills them.
Your terrace may be facing west so it is too hot for most plants except succulents and cactii. If it is west-facing, then put up shade cloth. I have a grow to sell plant business and lose many plants too so no need to feel bad! I have also given up on some species. Good luck with the next plantings.
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