5 TIPS FOR GARDENING IN POTS!

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5 TIPS FOR GARDENING IN POTS!

What should you pay attention to when you are going to put plants in pots and planters?

WHY ARE MANY PLANTS GROWN IN POTS?

Because their entire root system has formed in that pot or container (large growing pots), the damage that the roots incur when they are removed from the pot and planted is minimal. Plants grown in pots therefore catch on much better and faster in the new growing spot (grow again quickly) and have little stress from planting. In addition, pot-grown plants can be planted all year round (except when it freezes). This is also a great advantage for the growers, because it removes the limitation of the planting season to spring and autumn.

So what should you pay attention to when you are going to put plants in pots and planters?

ARRANGE GOOD WATER CONTROL

Plants in a pot can neither tolerate too much nor too little water. Make sure that the bottom of the pot or container can get rid of the excess water. That in any case means a sufficiently large hole in the bottom and the pot may also have to be raised a bit so that it comes slightly loose from the terrace or surface. By applying a layer of shards or Hydro granules to the bottom of the flower pots, you stimulate the water drainage and the bottom hole does not slip.
Watering, whether automated or not, must be tailored to the needs of the plants and the water-holding capacity of the soil mixture.

DOES NOT HAVE TO FILL THE ENTIRE POT WITH SOIL

Of course we only mean the large pots higher than 60 cm. After all, the plants only root in the upper part, a layer of 50 cm. So the ground underneath doesn’t serve much. It is better to fill that space with lighter material such as hydro grains or pieces of tempex cut to size. A disadvantage of a fully filled mega pot is that they can hardly be moved.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT SOIL MIXTURE

Except for a number of exotics and orangery plants, most plants require a generally nutritious, but also water-storing and water-permeable soil mixture. Then you are soon talking about a humus-rich soil with a lot of organic material. By regularly adding organic fertilizers, you keep the nutritional value and structure in the desired order.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLANTING

In principle, the larger pots in particular have similar conditions to the open ground spots in your garden. And so nowadays almost everything can also grow in pots and planters. Even then, we recommend taking into account the expansion power and needs of the chosen plants. So you could choose a bamboo or velvet tree, but keep in mind that after a few years the pot will be too small. And some plants like moist soil, others prefer drought. Because potted plants are in the sun all around, they dry out faster. A reason for drought-loving plantsto choose. In De Tuinen van Appeltern we like to use alternating plants in large pots and containers. That means something new every year. That way, plants never get too big and you keep an eye on the nutritional value every year.

CHOOSE A POT TAILORED TO YOU AND YOUR GARDEN!

There are thousands of types, colors and sizes of pots. And many reasons to choose pots in your garden. Of course it is important to make the right choice. They should match your garden and your idea of gardening in size and appearance. Although they may be an eye-catcher in the garden, they must not be out of place in terms of color or take up so much space that the other garden parts are disadvantaged.
For example, terracotta pots come in all kinds of qualities. Very different types of clay are used, which can be seen from the color of the pot. They are fired at different temperatures, but not all clays tolerate high firing temperatures. The higher the temperature, the harder the pot. The rock-hard, best Italian terracotta is quite dark in color. That hard quality is also expensive. Such pots do not freeze so quickly (don’t flake off either) and can therefore last a very long time. They are often decorated with various motifs.
There are also hard-baked pots from Asia (often a bit grayer in colour) that can easily handle our winters. Glazed pots (ceramics) are usually also very strong, as long as they are glazed both inside and out. Often this is only the case from the outside.

If you want to put taller shrubs in pots, you have to keep an eye on their stability. And if you prefer to garden as carefree as possible, your pot or container must have enough content that you can actually adjust the gardening comfort. In short, the garden, including the pottery, must suit you.

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