Answer: When planting in containers, use a good quality soil mix formulated for container planting. Make sure the container has a working drainage hole in the bottom of it to allow excess moisture to escape. Water as needed to keep the soil evenly moist, meaning damp like a wrung out sponge. Fertilize regularly with a water soluble fertilizer such as 10-10-10 plus minors, or use a slow release granular fertilizer. Follow the label directions for how much to use. For flowers all season, use annuals. In shade, use impatiens or coleus or caladium, for example. In sun, use sun loving plants such as marigold, salvia, petunia, callibrachoa, or sun coleus.
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