For some of us, our plants are like family. Using planted containers for plants, herbs and vegetables allow you to enjoy some greenery from virtually anywhere. just like in-ground or garden beds, potted plants can be successful all season long with a bit of TLC. Here are a few tips on caring for your potted plants.
Size and Pot Type
House plants normally come in an appropriate sized container, but within a year or so, your plant will grow and need re-potted. If the pot you’re using is too small, roots will extend beyond the drain hole in the bottom of the pot. A pot too big will result in the rapid growth of your plant – making you re-pot much sooner. Clay pots are quite porous, resulting in soil drying out more quickly than a glazed or plastic pot. Depending on your watering habits, you may or may not want a more porous pot.
If you want to re-pot your plant right away, it is good practice to water plants in their original containers at least an hour before transplanting. This will ease the removal and can diminish transplant shock.
Soil is very important when it comes to the growing success of your potted plant. Plants will respond differently to good versus poor quality soil. The soil in your outdoor garden is not appropriate for your potted plant, potting soil will be your best bet. Potting soil formula is formulated to allow proper drainage and air circulation to the roots. It is also infused with minerals and moisture appropriate elements that nourish the plant.
If you want really healthy and happy plants, give them new soil each season, and feed them a liquid or water-soluble plant food every couple of weeks according to package directions.
Light and Position
There are three types of light: Direct sunlight, indirect sunlight, and diffused light. The type of light your plant prefers is essential to its growing success.
Before purchasing a type of plant, be sure to do some research and look around your space for its potential home. Knowing the species of plants you have will allow you to more accurately care for them. Most plants come with best practices for care. If not, a simple online search of the plant you have will help.
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