You may not have thought about it, but when it comes to plants, one of the best investments you can make is in large pots for plants! Large pots can hold a lot more than smaller ones, and they are often easier to clean as well. If you've ever had a tomato or pepper plant that got leaves that fell out, this is what you're going through. Trying to get those leaves out can be a real pain! When you have a container garden, you can just reach in and remove them without bothering anyone else.
But there are also benefits beyond cleaning. Big pots will also hold more soil, meaning you'll have less work keeping the soil moist. If you have a succulent plant that likes to get a lot of sunlight, a large pot will give it plenty of suns. This means you can place the plant next to a window to enjoy the sunshine while you're tending to it. It will save you time and money.
If you're trying to grow plants in containers, sometimes it's not enough to just put the plant into the pot. Sometimes you have to water it. Watering plants! You should always water your new plants with water from the tap, and never water directly from the tap. Using tap water can lead to mold and mildew problems, which you don't want.
Most plants need water, even if you think they don't. If you're growing plants in pots, you can't do that. But your container garden needs water to keep it alive and healthy. And you can't keep water sitting on the soil. Your plants will rot if they're left sitting around in the water.
But there are a few other things you need to consider when you're thinking about purchasing pots and plants! First, you must decide what kind of container your plants will be in. Do you want small planters that your plants can squeeze into easily? Or do you want larger planters with more space to spread out? And how deep do you want your plants to go in the potting soil?
Once you know what kind of container your plants will be in, it's time to think about the size. Are you going to plant tall plants in a small container? Or will you be planting wide plants in a very large pot? Think about how many plants you're planning to grow.
Now, once you know the answers to these questions, it's time to get down to the business of planting. But remember, the soil you use is the most important part of your plants! So make sure you use good soil that contains plenty of nutrients. If your soil is too acidic or contains a lot of junk weed seeds, your plants won't thrive.
Also, there are two kinds of containers you can get for your plants: plastic and metal. Plastic is definitely the easiest way to go because you don't have to worry about any rotting, cracking or warping. However, it's also the cheapest. Metal containers look nice but can get extremely hot and humid if they aren't kept in the right temperature/pressure. If you're looking to make big, bold statements with your large potted plants, go for a plastic container!
Once your plants are in their containers, you're ready for some soil preparation! Most soil mixes contain compost, wood chips and/or boron. All of these things help plants thrive. Wood chips are ideal because they act as a natural fertilizer while boron helps plants produce their own energy through respiration. Boron is also good for helping plants as tomatoes thrive.
Once your soil mix is in place and is ready to plant, remember to water your plants only about once every couple of weeks during the growing season. Also, if you have any weeds in your garden or bed, pull them out! That may seem like common sense, but most people forget and end up pulling these out when the soil is dry. It's also important to keep an eye on the moisture in the soil and water your plants only when the soil seems dry.
So, let's a recap. Make sure you use the correct container for your plants and that you provide the proper care and water for your plants. Now it's time to enjoy all those beautiful large potted plants. Have fun experimenting with your container garden!