By Sherie Shaffer, Horticulture Agent, CSU Extension-Pueblo County
|My favorite part of the flower display, in front of Pueblo Union Depot|
|These two are Craig's favorite containers|
|These beauties are in front of local boutique, Razmataz|
|Looking down B Street from the Union Depot|
|Patrons of the cafes on B Street get to look at these containers while they dine|
|Some of the containers are hanging, while some are on the ground|
|Craig with his trusty hose reel|
|A close up of the reel|
|Luckily he's tall to reach the hanging containers|
As they water each container individually, by hand, they also do whatever deadheading needs to be done on each plant. This keeps the plants looking nice and encourages them to keep blooming all summer long. Sometimes, when a plant gets a little leggy, they will trim them up to keep the shape looking nice and compact.
|Right in front of the doors to the Union Depot|
|These containers are in Tandoori's courtyard|
|More beautiful flowers|
Of course, water and TLC aren’t quite enough to keep the flowers looking their best. They also get fertilized weekly. The Petunias get fed with a 20-3-19 water-soluble Petunia Feed that includes Magnesium. The geraniums get a 20-10-20 general-purpose water-soluble fertilizer. To deliver the fertilizer, they use a Dosatron nutrient injector. First, they mix about 10 cups of the dry fertilizer in a bucket, and fill it with water, this is the concentrate. They then set the injector to the appropriate level and insert the hose of the injector into the concentrate bucket. The water supply is then hooked to the injector and it delivers the desired concentration of fertilizer into the irrigation water.
|The fertilizer they use to keep the blooms looking beautiful|
Pest and disease issues haven’t been too bad in the past.
During really hot spells some of the petunia leaves will become sunburnt from
the reflected heat of the sidewalk, and they have dealt with some small aphid
infestations. Nothing a call to the local Extension Agent/sister and a strong stream of water couldn't handle!
|Another view of Tandoori's courtyard|
So, although it’s no small task to keep these flowers looking great all summer long, the people of Pueblo are so glad that they are purchased and cared for to keep our downtown looking bright and beautiful!