We think that the most important feature of any plant container is the style of pot, what it is made of and whether or not it has a drain hole. Drain holes are so important because they make sure that water doesn't sit in the pot but drains off. Standing water in the bottom of the pot will cause the plants roots to rot and over time the chemicals in the water or fertilizer will damage the plant also. If water run-off is a problem because of the pot location then we have a couple of suggestions:
1. Use a saucer. Make sure that it is large enough to catch the amount of water it will take to saturate the plants soil. Too small of a saucer is pointless since it won't be able to do it's job of capturing excess.
2. Drop the pot that holds the plant into a larger outside pot that is decorative. This way when you water the inside pot the run-off water will drain into the outside pot and evaporate. Many landscape companies use this technique, especially when planting trees or large bushes inside office buildings.
If you need a pot that will breathe the Terra-cotta clay planters are the best. Unfortunately they will break down over time from the chemicals in the soil or fertilizer that is used. In order to have a planter that will hold up and not break down, it must be made of a clay that is glazed and high fired or concrete, poly resin, sandstone, or fiberglass. These materials repel water and do not let it absorb into them.
Choosing the correct container is the best step you can take to assure success when planting your landscape in pots.
Other tips to consider are:
Sun exposure: Make sure where you place the pots is where the plant materials in them can thrive.
Soil: Always use a lightweight, well draining soil mix with a built in fertilizer is the best way to start.
Watering: Know what the plants demand when it comes to water and make sure to provide them with their specific needs. It is ideal to select pots that require the same watering schedule but that is not always possible.
Plants for containers: Herbs, cacti & succulents, citrus, veggies and flowers are all great choices and they offer unique ideas for displays. Try blending them together for the most outstanding arrangements.
Whether you have a balcony, courtyard, or patio begging for some color, potted plants are sure to transform even the smallest of spaces!