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Choosing A Garden Planter

How to choose the correct garden planter?

One of the joys of gardening or decorating your porch or patio is the chance to express your artistic side.  You get to select the container you will be using, the plants & soil you will be using.  All the fun stuff for sure!

But, when it comes to selecting your gardening container, planter pot or decorative vase, you first must consider the plant materials.
Roots need oxygen and so they need room to grow and drain correctly.

The best place to start is with the plants.  Each plants nursery tag will tell you how large they will grow, how far to space them and the types of soil they like best.  You need to know this when choosing a pot.

Then you can choose the correct potting soil & fertilizer mixes.  Make sure you follow the instructions on the plant to have the most successful chance of growth and blooming.  Also, make sure you purchase enough to fill the size of planter you have.  You can also fill the bottom of the planter with pot filler so that you won't need as much soil and it will make the garden planter lighter.


And of course, you save the best part for last!  Selecting the correct garden container to plant it.  Now is the time to look at all your options.  What goes best with my outdoor decor, how large do I need?  Does the garden planter have a drain hole?  

Some basic information to consider when choosing a flowerpot is:

Terracotta:  Made of clay, healthy because it breathes.  Low fired so it will break down over time in the sun and from chemicals in water.

Glazed:  Clay that is glazed and then high fired for a durable finish.  Long lasting, colorful but will crack in freezing temps or from being bumped.


Concrete:  Durable, color choices, finish choices, heavy & hard to move.  American Made.  Formed in a mould and cured.

Sandstone:  A dry pack concrete mix that is hand packed into a mould.  Durable, can handle freezing temps.  Choice of colors.


Poly Resin:  Lightweight, commercial grade plastic.  Will never fade, chip, warp or crack.  32 colors to match all outdoor decor.  American Made and holds up to all weather conditions.


Hope these tips will help making the purchase of a home and garden yard planter easier and more fun.

Read more: Drought Proof Garden Containers
Read more: Helpful Tips For Garden containers
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Post Last Updated: 8/21/2023 3:40:18 PM 
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