Not every home has a spacious yard. Sometimes, it is almost impossible for homeowners to grow greens when they have a tiny space for cultivating plants and flowers. Some people, however, succeed in growing lovely greens using planters and containers.
Growing plants in garden planters provides all the right conditions for different types of plants to flourish. You can use practically any type of planter, from clay, copper and plastic to decorative Italian planters. The only requirements are that they can hold soil, have good drainage and are appropriately sized for the plant.
Planters come in a wide range of styles and materials to suit any home, garden or planting method. When choosing a planter, remember to take into account how large the plant will be when it matures.
Choose Planters With Proper Drainage Holes
Make sure that the planters have holes at the bottom and sides to drain excess water. If your planters do not have enough drainage, what you can dos is carve or drill bigger holes. For small and medium-sized planters, the drainage holes should measure at least a half inch in diameter.
Meanwhile, if you prefer decorative planters, use regular pots for planting first and then place pieces of scoria, pebbles or pieces of broken pots at the bottom before putting the pot inside the decorative planter. This is to ensure that excess water drains freely.
Provide Ample Sun and Water
Although pots have drainage, plants will still rely on the gardener for adequate sunlight and water to survive. Water is a medium that carries important nutrients that plants need. Taking care of plants require a delicate balance of providing adequate sunlight and watering. Plants can wither or die if there is insufficient or excessive heat or water.
Keep in mind that plants in pots can dry out faster than those planted in garden beds, so they will require more watering. The rule when watering planters is to fill up the entire root area and allow the soil to partially dry out before watering it again.
Use the Appropriate Planting Medium
Plants need a good planting medium to survive. Most plants grow well on potting soils that can be bought from a gardening shop. Over time, these soil mixes can become compacted so your pots may look waterlogged and heavy. The soil needs to be replaced with a new mix when this starts to happen.
Meanwhile, make sure to fertilize your plants at least once every two weeks to provide them with the nutrients they need to promote healthy growth.
Re-pot Plants During Spring
Some plants outgrow their pots and planters. Re-potting may be needed when the roots are starting to come out of the soil. Plants grow faster during the spring, which means that the impact associated with re-potting will be easier to endure.
It is best to water the plants a day or two before transferring them to a bigger planter. They will adapt easier this way. Avoid too much soil mix; otherwise, your plants will focus more on growing roots and less on new leaves and flowers.
Gardening is a passion that many people would love to practice even in the midst of the urban jungle. You can achieve this by creating pocket gardens filled with planters and equipping yourself with some basic knowledge on growing plants on pots and planters.