Growing plants in containers can
add a whole new dimension to your landscape. Container growing
is similar to growing houseplants except that the plants are
outdoors in the summer sun and heat. Here are some basics
for great containers in your home landscape.
Drainage is a Must
- Anything may be used as a container as long as
it will hold the growing media and has a drainage hole.
Containers that lack proper drainage will hold water at
the saturation point for longer than most plants can
stand. This will result in poor vigor and ultimately,
root rots and death.
Use Potting Media and Not Garden Soil
Garden soil is too heavy, poorly drained and may contain
insects, diseases and weed seeds.
Potting media comes
sterile from the bag and usually has great drainage. It
is also relatively light weight which will minimize the
possibility of a hanging basket dropping on your head!
Overplant a Little - Generally, we place
plants closer to
each other in a container than we would
in a bed or border. In a container, we want that
crowded, overhanging effect to accentuate the planting.
- Containers have a small volume of potting
soil and we want good drainage so they may be need to be
watered frequently during hot, dry weather. Sun-loving
plants in a well drained situation may need to be
watered two or three times a day.
- To form lush, cascading growth in the containers, the
plants need to put on a lot of foliage. To do that, they
need plenty of nutrients in the soil which may be provided
in several ways.
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