Growing Calibrachoa In Pots

Calibrachoa is a marvelous choice for container gardens. Its cascading habit makes it well suited for the filler role in a pot, hanging baskets, window boxes, and tall containers. Locate containers on your deck, porch railing, stairs, or focal point in your garden. Calibrachoa is an easy-to-grow self-cleaning plant.


Planting Calibrachoa in Pots

Do not plant or move calibrachoa outdoors until the danger of frost has passed. This plant is not frost-hardy and is typically grown as an annual. Calibrachoa thrives in full sun conditions. It can tolerate light shade but will produce fewer flowers. Always use a container with a drainage hole. The plant’s roots will rot if waterlogged for extended periods.

Best Soil For Calibrachoa in Pots

Use a good quality, well-draining soilless potting mix in the pots. While not required, your calibrachoa will appreciate it if you stir in some compost into the soil before planting.


Caring For Calibrachoa in Planters

Calibrachoa plants are heavy feeders. They require nutrients to produce so many flowers. Fertilize regularly for best results. Dead-heading is not necessary. The faded flowers will fall off on their own. Trim this fast-growing plant anytime it becomes too large. 

Watering Calibrachoa in Pots

This plant is drought tolerant but will perform better if the soil doesn't dry out more than a few inches below the surface between waterings. Add water until it begins to run out of the drainage hole. Check the soil moisture level daily during heat spells. The soil in containers tends to dry out more quickly than garden soil.

Fertilizing Calibrachoa in Pots

Add a slow-release fertilizer or compost when initially potting them up. When growth and flowering begin to slow down, start using a water-based all-purpose fertilizer according to the directions on the package. the plant leaves will turn light green and then fade to yellow when nutrition is desperately required.


Winter Care For Calibrachoa in Pots

Calibrachoa can be left outdoors in zones 9 and warmer. Trim it back in late autumn, and it will slowly continue to grow. Bloom production may slow down during the winter months. Days are shorter, and it may not receive an adequate amount of sunshine. Fertilize less frequently during the winter months.

Can Calibrachoa Be Grown Indoors

Calibrachoa are not frost tolerant. They can be moved indoors for the winter but need supplemental light to do well. Nutritional requirements will be lower, so decrease fertilization to avoid fertilizer buildup in the soil. Carefully inspect plants and spray the leaves with insecticidal soap before bringing them indoors to prevent an insect infestation.

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 Author Maureen Farmer - Published 01-15-2022