CONTAINERS - Knowledgebase Question

CAPE CORAL, Fl
Question by lindaheidi
November 20, 2009
I LIVE IN S.W. FLORIDA & AM NOT A GARDNER. I WANT TO PLANT IN CONTAINERS & PUT IN FULL SUN. I AM CONFUSED AS TO WHAT TYPE OR SIZE POT TO USE. HELP!!!!!


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Answer from NGA
November 20, 2009

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Containers used in full sun should be insulated (double sided) or made of polyurathane so the roots of your plants won't bake in the sun. In general, potting soil is the best planting media for containers and your containers should have lots of drainage holes in the bottom so the soil doesn't stay soggy wet after watering. The size of the container will depend upon what you want to plant. Most annuals will be happy with an 8" deep pot; perennials and small shrubs need 12-18" of soil depth; small trees need 18-24" deep containers. To help the plants look attractive, try to choose containers that are about one third as high as the plant. For instance, a 6' tall tree will look and grow best in a 2' tall planter. Plants in containers tend to dry out quickly in the summer sunshine so be sure to check your plants frequently and water as needed. Hope this information is helpful!

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