A container garden is a simple solution when you can’t or don’t want to plant flowers directly in the ground. But a container garden needs special care to keep it looking great for the whole growing season. Learn about the special needs of your flower pots.
The first consideration is the size of the container. It needs to be large enough to sustain the roots of the plants you’re growing. Keep in mind as the plant grows above the ground, so do the roots. The pot should have enough room to accommodate that size increase so the plant doesn’t become root bound.
Even if the pot size is correct, your plants can’t grow properly without adequate drainage. Holes in the bottom of the container allow the excess water to drain out. This keeps the plant roots from rotting. If the pot doesn’t already have holes, you can drill your own drainage holes.
Use a Mix
Don’t head to the garden to fill your flower pots. You need a special potting mix designed for container gardens if you want your plants to thrive. You can also add in fertilizer to the potting mix to give your plants more nutrients.
Choose a Location
The location is another factor that influences the health of the container garden plants. The location should get enough sun to meet the plants’ needs. A windy spot can cause the soil to dry out faster than normal. One benefit of a container garden is that you can change the location as needed. So you can always move the pot to a better suited area if your plants don’t thrive.
Keep It Watered
Watering is essential for container gardens unless you live in a rainy climate. The small size of the container means the soil will dry out a lot faster than the soil in the garden. You’ll need to check your pot daily during the hot summer months. Some containers may even need watered twice per day if the weather is really hot and dry.
You might also need to fertilize your potted plants more since all that watering washes away the nutrients. Choose the fertilizer based on the type of plants you have growing in the containers. Follow the fertilizer directions exactly. Too much fertilizer can harm the plant or even kill it.