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Maintaining A Potted Garden


Here are a few easy tips on how to maintain your potted garden.

Even though choosing to pot up your plants, trees & flowers is physically easy taking care of them properly take certain actions.  You must be vigilance when it comes to grooming, watering & fertilizing


Grooming tips - Keep floral dead flowers removed.  It not only makes the plant look better but it encourages them to flower again.  If the foliage looks like it is growing out of shape or off on one side, cut back the branches so they look better and not knarly.  Use small scissors to keep any topiary looking trimmed and leaves & stems from poking out.


Watering Schedule -  When it comes to when and how long to water your potted garden it really depends on the weather conditions you find yourself experiencing.  If it's really hot outside you need to water every day.  Soak the potting soil till completely moist and water comes out the drain hole of the planter.  If it's cooler weather you should water every other day or so depending on the weather.  Light colored containers hold water longer.  Terracotta is porous so it seeps out faster and needs to be watered more often.  A poly resin planter holds water longer.


Fertilizing -  It's always easiest to water your garden containers at the same time you water.  When it's warmer and your plants are blooming, fertilize when you water the plants every two weeks or so.  As the weather cools use less fertilizer.  Remember that the potting mix starts out with fertilizer already in it but that will run out eventually, depending on how much you water, how large the pot etc....


Knowing when and how to take care of your potted garden makes the job so much easier and enjoyable.  As the garden season ends you may have to move some planters to a shed or garage for protection.  Cut down the plants that require it and understand that when the season is over for some annuals it's over and all you can do is take them out of the pots and compost them.  Store you garden containers indoors till next Spring when you can bring them out, wash them and plant again.


Good Luck,

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Post Last Updated: 6/20/2018 9:28:25 AM 

Repotting & Potting-Up A Plant!

Follow this step by step guide to transferring your plant without trauma.  Because plants at garden centers and nurseries are often root bound, and because the soil mixes used are sometimes not ideal, we offer a few tips here that should make a big difference.
 30049Many times after bringing home a lush, lovely potted plant from your local garden center or nursery you will need to re-pot immediately for the best growing results.  Many plant require regular potting up throughout their life times.  Taking a plant out of a pot and putting it back in the same or same size container is called re-potting.  Taking a plant out of a pot and putting it into a larger pot is called potting up.  Plants need potting up to keep their roots from compacting, a condition that harms most houseplants.
 30050Signs to look for when your plant need to be potted-up is slow growth, quick wilting after flowering, yellow leaves and small new leaves, and roots growing through the drain hole in the base of the pot.  Check the roots of fast growing plants frequently to see if they are compacted.
 30051When potting-up, choose a pot one size larger than the pot the plant is now in.  Make sure it's clean and has a drain hole. Cover the drain hole with pot pads or a shard from a broken pot so the soil doesn't drain out.  Wet the soil the day before removing the plant.  To remove it hold your had against the soil and around the stem, turn the pot upside down and tap the rim surface.

Once it's loose, grasp the plant near the soil and pull gently.  Keep the root ball as intact as possible.  If the roots are tangles, lightly loosen the outer part of the ball with your hands or a knife, being careful not to damage the delicate roots.
Place some soil in the new pot, then position the plant on top. Adjust the plant to leave enough room below the rim for easy watering.  Fill with soil around the root ball, burying the plant to the same level.  Tap pot, add soil as needed and then water.
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