Growing plants in containers is among the easiest way to grow plants. Containers are generally all shapes and sizes, as well as made from different materials. Clay pots are the most popular style of container because they are able to breathe, however, with the correct potting soil any container will breed successful plants. Good, loose, well-draining potting soil is the key to successful container gardening. Look for potting soils that have perlite and vermiculite added to their mix for more success.
During the summer months, it is best to keep pots away from the hot afternoon sun. These plants have a tendency to burn because pots can reach up to 180 degrees! In the cooler months, it will be necessary to protect the pots from frost. Covering the pots with a frost blanket will work well.
To plant in a container, fill it with good, well-draining potting soil to within an inch or two from the top. You can mix in a little bone meal and gypsum to prepare the soil a little better. Gypsum helps control salt burn and bone meal helps the root system of your plant develop while also aiding in the plant’s production of more flowers. When you are finished planting, water thoroughly with a root stimulator. A root stimulator with Vitamin B-1 will help prevent transplant shock while aiding in the establishment of the new plant.
Watering and Fertilizing
Watering regularly will help the soil remain moist. In the summer months, it may be necessary to water once or twice a day. Cacti and succulents need to dry out completely between watering. Overwatered plants will suffer root rot. It is easy to recognize this as the plant begins to wilt and the roots become mushy.
All container plants need fertilization on a regular basis. These plants can be fertilized as often as every 2-4 weeks, depending on the type of fertilizer that is used. Liquid fertilizers need to be used more often than granular fertilizers. Liquid fertilizers lessen the chance of root burning. Root burning typically occurs when the granular fertilizers are not watered thoroughly into the pot.
Plant and Container Selection
We carry a large selection of pots. Remember that clay breathes better than plastic, but the right fertilizer can be used to reduce any risk. The size of your pot should depend on the size of the plant you are planting. It is best to pick a pot that is not more than 1 inch larger than the plant’s current container, this will enhance the establishment of your plant.