Garden sizes are shrinking and growing in pots and containers is gaining popularity, both through need and desire. These days, more and more gardeners are taking up serious potting! Herewith are some simple tips and practical advice on how to improve your container growing skills.
Think carefully before you start planting or potting. Be sure that you are using the correct plants and containers for your express purposes or needs. Many a container gardener has been disappointed with results through a lack of simple planning before getting stuck in to the work load. Here are few pertinent questions that need answers in order to establish exactly what is required, both in terms of containers and plants.
Some other factors that have a significant influence in the selection process for pots and plants are as follows:
PROPORTION or SCALE
Once planting is complete, the finished article/s need to be placed in their final growing place. Again, many differing factors influence this process to ensure that optimum results are achieved.
ORIENTATION or ASPECT
LEVEL OF AFTER CARE
Simple step by step procedure for potting up plants. This applies to most plants, from smallest to largest and single plants to miniature gardens in pots – the principle is the same.
THE RIGHT TOOLS
SELECTING THE POT
CROCKS and SEPARATION MATERIAL
GROWING MEDIA (soil)
THE FINISHING TOUCHES
The selecting and planting of pots is the easy part of container gardening. The test and challenges arise when they have to be maintained and cared for. Many a potted plant has succumbed to neglect and shoddy post planting care. In fact, potted plants need more tender loving care than those growing in the ground.
DRIP TRAY OR NOT?
Container gardening can be best summarised by remembering the The 3 F’s
Pots and containers afford flexibility – move them around, change them regularly, move them for protection against weather
Pots and containers require finesse – correct selection of plants and container, careful planting, meticulous post planting care and attention
Pots and containers are heaps of fun – a joy to plant, beautiful to look at, should be the envy of friends and family