Container Gardens - Knowledgebase Question

Joliet, Il
Question by judyfehrenba
May 5, 2009
I must use pots to garden. What type should I use? What soil? Fertilize? If so, how often?

Answer from NGA
May 5, 2009


Because of the great variety of options, choosing containers can be challenging but enjoyable! The price range can be wide, especially for large, terracotta glazed containers, which usually are most expensive. Many people choose plastic containers, which are less expensive. These can be just as attractive as heavy clay pots and not as liable to breakage. You can select moss or coco fiber baskets or plastic baskets. Both work equally well as far as plant performance is concerned.

The style and shape of the container should complement the plants grown. The style and shape also should complement other containers for best display. The size of the container will limit the size of the plant. A wide range of materials is available ? plastics, fiberglass, terra cotta, stone and wood.

Whatever pots you choose, fill them with moistened potting soil which drains well and yet holds just the right amount of moisture.

You can feed your plants every 2-3 weeks with a half strength dilution of water soluable fertilizer such as Miracle Gro and you will need to water as often as necessary to keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. How often depends upon the plants and the weather. Most of all, enjoy your container garden.

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