Container Gardening Part II: Shopping Guidelines


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InContainer Gardening Part I: Available Choices, I shared the types of pots offered. Here are some helpful tips to consider before you go shopping:

Size:  Roots need air circulation and plenty of soil for adequate root growth. Annuals don’t need as much soil as perennials but all plants need plenty of oxygen. Vigorous growers require repotting more often but don’t overwhelm plants in a huge pot. It will look unbalanced. A reputable nursery person can help you pick the right size for your plants.

Drainage:  All planters must have drainage holes. Even if you are putting a potted plant with holes inside a decorative planter don’t let it sit in the accumulated water at the bottom. Place an inch of gravel at the bottom of the decorative planter so the inserted pot sits above the water. Empty the water as needed.

Weight:  Consider the heaviness. Do…

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