- If recycling old containers clean thoroughly with 1-part bleach to 3-parts water.
- When reusing an oversized pot, place a thick layer of vermiculite, perlite, or Styrofoam at the bottom before filling with potting mix. This will reduce weight and improve drainage.
- Know how much exposure the area receives and choose plants accordingly.
- Not all perennials, fruit trees, and vegetables do well in containers. Read plant tags or ask for assistance.
- When putting more than one variety per pot, select plants with the same sun and water requirements.
- For a stately look, surround a single shrub or tall plant with colorful flowers.
- Blooming vines create an impressive cascading display.
- In shady areas use bright flowers, variegated leaves, and striking foliage and texture that will show off against a dark glazed ceramic pot.
- A bowl of succulents requires little water and fertilizer, and adds smooth texture to sunny spots on tabletops. But most succulents need protection from winter weather.
- Grow a salad container off the kitchen in a sunny place filled with sage, sweet marjoram, patio tomato, nasturtiums, Italian parsley, and basil.
- Anchor a bench with LARGE, stately containers and colorful plants.
- If you’re less inclined to water regularly, go with drought-tolerant plants, moisture control potting mix, a timer, and drip line.
Planting and Care:
- A good potting mix is key to healthy, happy plants. Don’t go the cheap route when it comes to soil.
- Leave two – three inches from the top of the pot to hold water. This will keep water from running off the soil before penetrating the roots.
- After you’ve planted, sprinkle in a time-release fertilizer according to package instructions or feed every two – three weeks with a liquid or granular fertilizer. Always follow label instructions.
- A soaker ring connected to a water line provides even, reliable watering. Check the emitters periodically for clogging.
- Deadhead faded flowers for continuous performance.
- Water according to the plants’ needs.
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