Cottonwood Nurseries


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1. Hanging Baskets and Planters.

We offer the greatest selection of Hanging Baskets and Planters. All are created by us in our greenhouses and all are one of a kind. You may choose and secure your basket or planter early, with a prepayment, before the weather allows them to be placed outside.  We will look after them in our greenhouses until all danger of frost is past. We will announce in "News" when the baskets and planters are ready for viewing and when they may be collected and placed outside. You may choose from the following wide variety of styles and sizes, all of which are full of blooms.

A .   Plastic baskets with mixed flowers are available in 12" round, green baskets and 14" round, stone colour baskets. These baskets are suitable for sun and shade and are full of colour.

B.   COCO FIBRE baskets with mixed flowers are usually round and come in a wide variety of shapes and decorative metal frames. When in bloom these  baskets are very colourful. The Coco Fibre baskets may be replanted and the Coco Fibre liners should last for 5-6 years with proper care. At the end of the season the liners should be emptied of all plant material and shaken free of the growing medium and may be rinsed with a hose. The liners should then be allowed to dry completly before storage in a dry place for the winter. Should the liner become damaged and unusable, replacement liners can be obtained online, in Canada, by visiting "The Garden Room"  and going to "gardening" and "containers".

C.    Fibre baskets made from compressed vegetable fibre. These are usually planted with mixed blooms and provide a reasonably priced biodegradable container. They are popular for gifts on Mother's Day.

D.    Single species of flowers in 12" round plastic baskets. Supertunia baskets thrive in full sun and fuchsia baskets will flourish in shade or partial shade.

E.    Our planters containing mixed blooms are fabulous and colourful. We have large square planters and extra-large round planters as well as coco fibre planters.

F.    We offer the additional service of custom created baskets and planters. You choose from our selection of containers or bring your own favourite baskets or planters. We fill the container with our high quality planting mixture and plant your container with the bedding plants  of your choice, in your favourite colours. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be pleased to assist and advise you in making the choices that are appropriate for your taste and the situation in which the basket or planter will be placed. We will look after your containers in our greenhouses until any danger of frost is over and the baskets or planters are ready to be placed outside. 


2. Care of Hanging Baskets and Planters. 

Printed copies of this leaflet will be available at our Retail Centre.

         Cottonwood Nurseries

                  Care of your Baskets or Planters


Your basket contains Pro-Mix soil. We have added Osmocote, a slow release fertilizer, activated at 70oF.

We advise watering daily if the basket is in the sun and every other day if in the shade. Watering is best done between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. to prepare the plants for the days’ heat.

During wet cool weather avoid both watering and feeding to prevent drowning the roots. Stagnant water encourages the growth of fungi.

Even though the basket contains fertilizer we advise regular feeding as follows:- For the first 2 weeks after bringing your basket home use only water. Thereafter, use 20-20-20 at dilutions recommended on your packet. In August switch to Mor Bloom (0-10-10) which brings on the blossoms. Miracle-Gro (15-30-15) also works well.

Our mixed baskets contain mainly “Proven Winners”. They are strong and quite prolific plants. If they become straggly, they can be easily controlled by cutting them back to wherever you desire. Always remove dead flowers by cutting their stem at its base. This will encourage more flowering.

The size of the basket, proper watering and the timing and choice of fertilizer are the secrets of success with baskets. A simple rule is: the larger the container and the more soil it holds the greater the success. 

Enjoy your beautiful Baskets! 


3. Parking.

We have ample off-road parking conveniently placed immediately in front of our retail centre. There are carts and trolleys for wheeling your purchases from the greenhouses or display areas and our staff will be pleased to assist you with this. You are welcome to relax in our grounds and enjoy the pleasant rural setting.


4. What do I need to know about fertilizers?

Every container of fertilizer has three numbers printed on it, such as 5-10-20, to indicate the percentage of major nutrients it contains. Nitrogen is the first number, phosphorus is the second number and potassium is the third number.  Nitogen promotes the growth of healthy green foilage, phosphorus is needed for strong root growth and helps prevent disease and potassium is essential for germination and seed formation. A balanced fertilizer consists of all three nutrients in roughly equal proportions, such as 20-20-20 and is good for most plants in both the vegetable and flower gardens. Other formulations for specialized plants such as rhododenrons,  roses or tomatoes have slightly different proportions of nutrients. Bone meal (usually 2-14-0) is useful for encouaging root growth when planting bulbs, roses and shrubs. Always be guided by the recommendations on the bag regarding how much fertilizer to apply. Excessive amounts of fertilizer can burn delicate root systems and foliage. For all the latest on plants and gardening see the New 2012  Sunset Western Gardening Book, available in our store.

When planting a bed for example for vegetables or annuals the fertilizer can be broadcast by hand or with a spreader and then turned into the soil with a hand spade or tiller. Halfway through the growing season most of this fertilizer will have been used and will need to be replaced. The fertilizer can then be applied as a side dressing in a four inch trench along one side of the row, or around each plant 12 to 18 inches from the stem. Always water well before or after applying fertilizer to avoid burn.

The acidity or alkalinity of the soil is important in determining how well the plants will be able to use the nutrients in the soil. Acidity is expressed as a "pH" value, 1 being the most acid and 14 the most alkaline and a pH of 7 being neutral. In general the ideal pH for most plants is 6 to 7, or slightly acid. However, some plants such as azaleas and strawberries are acid loving (pH 6 to 7) and others such as green beans and asparagus prefer an alkaline environment (pH 7 to 8). Adjustments can be made to increase alkalinity by adding lime or to increase acidity by adding sulphur, compost or manure.




Greenhouse at Retail Centre, May 5, 2016.

 Bedding plants and baskets


Large mixed basket, Retail Centre, May 5, 2016.


Large mixed basket, Retail Centre, May 5, 2016


"Colour Bowl", Retail Centre, May 5, 2016

Assorted planters, Retail Centre, May 5, 2016

Bedding plants - Begonias, May 5, 2016