Perfect Container Gardening Tips
Containers and pots come in numerous designs and sizes. Glazed pots would sure attract you and your visitors equally. These colorful pots can be integrated into a color scheme to match paint colors of your home or color themes of the flowers in your garden. Pots also can be used to complement flower colors. For example, yellow flowers in a purple pot. The only caution would be to stay away from dark colors, such as black, as these containers heat up and can damage the roots of your plants.
Make sure the containers are at least 12 inches in diameter. Smaller pots will dry out to quickly. Many people like to elevate their pots to allow for better drainage. This can be done by placing bricks under the pots.
Soil is the key to success. Don’t make the mistake of taking shortcuts by buying the cheapest bagged soil you can find. Or worse yet, using the soil that came out of your garden. Fertilome makes a good potting mix that contains peat moss, perlite, vermiculite and ground bark. These mixes are free of diseases, drain well and promote healthy root growth.
Be sure to fertilize every 10 days, as soilless mixes contain no nutrients. When using large pots, a trick is to use large nursery pots tipped upside down. These pots are placed into the bottom of the pot and take up volume, thus reducing the need to use as much potting soil.
What to plant in your containers is really up to you. You could go for annuals with planting of Pennisetum rubrum grass in the center. Grasses bring movement to your plantings. The filler is the profusion cherry zinnia. This is a mounding zinnia that is mildew resistant. It’s also a favorite for attracting butterflies. As a cascading plant, try using Dichondra ‘Silver Falls.’ It reflects the light back at you so that the plant appears to shimmer.
Vegetable and herbs are great companions. Patio tomatoes work best in pots as these determinate plants stop growing after the tomatoes set fruit. Combine with basil, parsley and Greek oregano and you have the makings for your very own pizza.
In case you imtend to have container planted for fragrance try planting carnation ‘Can Can Scarlet’, lavender, lemon-scented geranium, rosemary and sweet alyssum.
Succulents are the new kid on the block with more gardeners discovering the joy of growing these carefree plants. Planted in special containers called tufa pots, these miniature rock gardens can be enjoyed year-round.
Containers will dry out more quickly than plants planted in the ground. It is really essential that watering is done on the same day each week.
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