Benefits of Container Gardening
· Only a small space needed; great for yards or apartment balconies
· Grow a large variety of plants
Make sure to choose the right container for the type of plants you are growing. Take into consideration the size of the plant and how big it will grow. Make sure to follow the planting instructions. All containers no matter what size should have a hole in the bottom for proper drainage.
The key to a successful container garden is choosing a good potting soil. You should choose a mixture that provides drainage and aeration for your plants. Both ferti-lome High Performance Container Mix and Ultimate Planting Soil are two of our most popular mixes. For edibles try Natural Guard 100% Organic Garden Soil. For information on potting soils click here.
Depending on what time of the year it is your plants may need more water than usual. In the summer months, hanging and small container plants may need to be watered twice a day. The best time to water plants is in the early morning and evening when it is cool.
Water the soil and not the leaves and flowers which can lead to fungal diseases. You should water your plants until you see water coming out of the drainage holes. Then you know the water has reached the roots at the bottom of the container. Don’t let the containers or pots sit in water, this can lead to root rot and death. If your plants are kept in saucers, make sure to empty the water after watering or rainfall.
Plants that grow in containers need more fertilizing than those grown in the ground. Container plants require more water, and the more you water the more quickly you flush the nutrients out of the soil. ferti-lome has a variety of nutritional products to meet the specific needs of your container plants. HydroStretch is formulated with high tech granules that absorb and release water over time to your plants roots as needed. This means less watering for you and healthier happier plants.
For more information on container gardening visit your local garden center.