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Banana Combo Container Kit
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Banana Combo Container Kit

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Easily Assemble Multiple Plants in one Container!

3 Hard-to-Find Plants for a Winning Combination
(1) Ornamental Banana (Musa ‘Basjoo’ – Zones 5-10). Lush, tropical and fast-growing, this banana won’t produce fruit for you, but its graceful foliage adds a dramatic presence to your container garden.

(3) African Sunset Petunia (Petunia x hybrida ‘African Sunset’ – Zones 10-11). This exceptional petunia won the 2014 All-America Selections Award for its unusual color and exceptional performance. Aptly named, the color is a rich orange, reminiscent of a sunset. Its stems can trail to 32 inches while the plant retains a densely mounding habit of up to 12 inches tall.

(3) Lanai Lime Green Verbena (Verbena x ‘VEAZ0013’ LANAI® LIME GREEN – Zones 9-11). It’ll be hard to tell whether you or the butterflies love this plant more! The flowers are a delicious shade of lime-green, and they cover thick plants that grow 4 to 10 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide.

Potting Mix Makes the Difference
Although you may be inclined to gather garden soil for your container gardens, there’s actually a better choice to sustain healthy plant growth. Soilless potting mixes are superior to garden soil because of their porosity and ability to drain. The confines of a container cause rich garden soil to become densely packed and waterlogged. This undesirable combination can not only suffocate your plant roots because of insufficient oxygen, but it can also potentially drown them in water. It’s worth investing in a high-quality soilless mix for your containers. Another bonus is using a mix that already contains fertilizer, which eliminates the guesswork out of applying too little (or too much fertilizer).

1-2-3 -- You’re Done!
It really is as simple as 1-2-3 to assemble your container garden when it arrives at your doorstep. In less than an hour, you’ll be admiring your handiwork and you’ll still be admiring it months later. Your goal with the amount of potting mix you add to the container is to keep the finished plantings about 2 inches below the top of the pot. This gives you that extra room to water your plants without making a mess as you’d create if you planted everything to the very top of the pot, because the water would immediately run off without having the time to soak in. With that in mind, it may be easier to start in the center by placing your Ornamental Banana plant first. Then, you can arrange all the other plants in the pattern that suits you, and don’t worry – you can’t make a mistake with where you place the plants. They’ll grow fast and fill in the gaps to form a riot of color!

Where Should You Place Your Garden?
The simple answer is…wherever you’ll enjoy it the most! These plants do like full sun, however, so keep that in mind as you scout for the perfect placement. Think about your sunny deck, patio, poolside or even a prominent place along the sidewalk that leads to your front door. This container garden is so dramatic that perhaps the perfect spot needs two pots – one on each side of the entrance to your home!

If You’re a Novice Gardener, No Problem!
Container gardens couldn’t be more perfect for beginning gardeners. All you have to do to keep your potted plants pretty and healthy is to keep them watered! During hot summers, the soilless mix in containers will dry much faster than the soil in your garden, so keep an eye on your plants so you can keep them hydrated. If the soilless mix you used contains fertilizer, it should last the entire season. If the mix doesn’t have this, all you have to do is fertilize once – after you plant your container – with a slow-release granular fertilizer, following label recommendations.

It’s Vacation Time – Now What?
If your summer vacation takes you away for an extended stay – more than a few days – move your containers to the shade under a tree and place them in large pans or buckets. (If you have a lot of container gardens, you may want to use a child’s plastic wading pool.) Fill the pan, bucket or pool with enough water so the container gardens can uptake it while you’re away. When you return, be sure to move the plants out of the standing water -- this is only a temporary fix!

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