The 'Why' and 'How' of container planting
WHY CONTAINER PLANTING?
Placing a plant in a pot gives you control over where you plant is situated and how much water and nutrients it will receive.
Container planting makes it suitable for plants to be placed in small areas which cannot accommodate for garden space, places of business and balconies. It gives you the freedom to move the plant to an area of your choice or to a place that will be best suited for your plants. When positioning your pot, always ensure that the area is suitable for the type of plant you have in the pot, as each plant will have different needs (lighting, temperatures, etc).
Other benefits of container planting include adding appeal to a room or outdoor area, window sills and to create focal points in the garden.
HOW TO POT IT
We all know the excitement of adding new plants to our living or working space. Plant it into a pot and water, that simple!. However over time you begin to notice that your plant is either looking unhealthy or will not grow anymore, but why?
There are a few key factors we have to take into consideration when planting into containers. By placing a plant into a container, we change the environment that a plant is normally use to, therefore we need to ensure that we create conditions inside and around the pot that will best suit the plant and will mimic its natural environment.
TYPES OF POTS
There is a large variety of pots available to choose from. Choosing the right pot for your plant is key to whether your plant will flourish or not.
When choosing a pot, we need to take into consideration that a plant is a living growing organism and will need enough space for future growth, both above the soil and below. A common mistake made is to buy a small plant and then a pot of similar size.
But what happens when that plant starts to outgrow its container? Plants that grow too large for the pot that they are in, can become root bound (not enough space for more root growth), will need to be watered more frequently and could possibly break the pot, especially if planted in terracotta or concrete pots.
This is why it is always best to choose a pot that is bigger than the plant, to accommodate for future growth and to keep the plant healthy.
Plastic Pots, are lightweight, inexpensive and made from polyurethane, as to resist chipping and cracking. They also insulate the roots.
Terracotta/Clay Pots, are a European style pot that have been a trend for years, are attractive and work well for many plants. They do need to be handled with care as they can break easily.
Concrete Pots, are long lasting, tolerate all weather conditions, and are suitable for most plants. Lining the pot with Bidim will help keep your soil from draining away when watering, by filtering the water through and keeping the soil in place.
Hanging Baskets, are hung off the ground so will have less soil problems, are out of reach of pets and children and look attractive. They do need more frequent watering and are vulnerable in heavy storms or wind.
Wooden planter boxes, look attractive in the garden and on the patio with its natural look and feel. They compliment the plants and works well at keeping pests and unwanted composites away from your container garden by lifting it off the ground. Wooden planters are normally lined with either plastic or bidim to prolong the life of the container.
Gabion Basket planters are a cost-effective way of making your own planting container and work well as a pot. Because the frame is light weight, with bidim lining the inside to keep the soil in place, this container can be made to whatever shape and size you want, and can be placed either on the ground or hung as a hanging basket planter.
FINDING THE RIGHT SOIL FOR YOUR POT
When it comes to choosing the right potting soil, landscapers and nurseries will have a variety of different potting soils to use for your container planting.
At Nicolas Plants, we use and recommend coco peat as a potting soil. Why do we use coco peat and not regular potting soil?
Potting soils most of the time have a mixture of compost and other composites that are still busy breaking down, and these soils can carry pathogens that can harm your plants. Coco peat is a natural anti-fungal medium, is sterile and can be reused, as well as holds water and nutrients well.
Water drainage is crucial with container planting, and a good soil will make the biggest difference. By mixing coco peat and perlite together, this creates a premium soil that ensures even distribution of water and nutrients to your plant.
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