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Tips for Caring for Potted Plants

By Isny Dewi R

14 January 2021

Several tips for caring for potted plants.

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In fact, most plants are not easily affected by the type of pot used as a container for growing them. Because what a plant needs most is enough space for its roots to spread out and good drainage holes to drain excess water.
The pot is usually made of some materials, such as ceramic, terracotta, plastic and wood. Terracotta pots tend to dry out faster than plastic or ceramic pots, so they need to be watered more often. If you've just bought a terracotta pot, it is advisable to soak it in a bucket of water for a day or two, so that the pot is even more moist before filling the soil.
Launching Better Homes & Gardens, some plastic pots require drainage holes by drilling at the bottom. Because the hole should be about half an inch wide so as not to clog the ground, and make it difficult for water to flow.
So that potted plants can grow well, here are tips that you can use.
  1. Choose the Right Soil
Fill your container with quality commercial soil. Do not use soil that comes from the garden, because if it is dry the soil will harden and become a solid mass. Quality potted soil contains peat moss, compost, perlite, vermiculite, or rotting manure.
  1. Choose Healthy Plants
All types of plants can possibly be grown in pots. Most of people love to grow flowers, vegetables, or other plants on the terrace of the house. What you should pay attention to next is knowing the plants you choose do well in sun or shade.
Also, separate pots for plants that need sunlight from plants that need shade. These include sun-loving petunias, calibrachoa, geraniums, and verbena, as well as some shade-loving perennials such as begonia, caladium, impatiens, and Torenia. As for vegetables and herbs, all require full sun.
  1. Layered Planting
For a pretty layered look, make sure you include tall, showy plants (thrillers), dense medium-sized plants (fillers), and plants that are blooming (spillers) in the pot. Choose varieties that complement each other in both color and leaf shape. There are many plants that are valued more for their beautiful leaves than for their flowers.
  1. Watering
Potted plants should be watered more frequently than garden plants. Water when the soil feels dry when you touch it. During the summer, the plants may need to be watered daily. This also applies to plants in hanging pots that dry out faster due to the wind.
To avoid hassles, you can use a watering can, a garden hose, or install a timer drip irrigation system that can water the plants automatically every day.
  1. Give Fertilizer Regularly
To keep the plants thriving all summer long, you need to fertilize them. Some potted soil is pre-mixed with slow-release fertilizer, but it is better if you add a few drops of liquid fertilizer each time you water it.

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