Annuals in Containers - Knowledgebase Question

Ocala, FL
Question by RURBAN9045
January 6, 1998
Can I plant annuals in pots on my porch? My porch is in the sun most of the day, and is screened in. Any tips?

Answer from NGA
January 6, 1998


Yes, you can plant any annual in pots. In your case, with
so much sun on the porch, you would have to use plants that
like a lot of sun. Some sun loving annuals are: Ageratum,
Alyssum, Amaranthus, Asters, Begonia (wax), Browallia,
Calendula, Carnation, Celosia and many others. I suggest
you call your Extension Office at (352) 620-3440. Ask for
Circular 569 (Annual Flowers for Florida).
Since your spot gets so much sun, consider using fairly large planters--a small pot will dry out quickly. Also, plants in plastic or glazed ceramic pots will retain water longer than those in unglazed terra cotta. Mulching your plants with moss or bark mulch will also help retain water in your sunny spot.

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