The Q&A Archives: Container Growing Basics

Question: I am beginner in growing plants by seeds/bulb. If you grow plants by seed/bulbs in a container, does it matter when you grow it? M Chin Quincy, MA

Answer: There are some special considerations when growing in containers. You must have enough light--whether inside or outside--for the plant to grow properly. Plants that produce flowers and fruits require much more light than plants grown for foliage. The soil needs to be well-drained so the plant won't become waterlogged. The container you choose should be large enough so the root structure isn't cramped. You can start many plants in relatively small containers, then plan to transplant when necessary. Fertilizer needs depend on the particular plant, where it is growing, and time of year. Choose plant varieties carefully. If you plan to grow vegetables, "bush" types take up less space than vining types. Many plants can be very sucessfully container grown; you may be able to find reference books specifically for container gardening at your library or bookstore. let us know if you have a question about a specific plant.

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