How to Ensure a Healthy Garden Experience
- Be sure your planter has good drainage. Make sure there is at least one hole in the container before adding soil. Some gravel in the bottom of the pot allows large containers to drain while adding stability. Keep a saucer underneath to catch excess water.
- A self-watering option is an excellent choice as it helps keep a continuous flow of water to the plant roots and eliminates the need for constant watering or the use of gravel.
- Natures Distributing Self-Watering Stacking Planters are an excellent choice and come in a variety of sizes, styles and colors.
- Use a good soil mix – one that is not too heavy and easy to work. Fill the pot to an inch from the rim. We suggest a soil with moisture retention crystals in any container garden as it also helps aid in the prevention of soil drying so quickly.
- Watch the temperature. Plants in containers can freeze or overheat more quickly than bedded plants.
- Maintain—prune them, pinch and deadhead regularly. Pinching back container plants will also help keep them from being too leggy.
- Keep the containers in a location that receives enough light – and rotate them frequently.
- Feed your pots with liquid fertilizer. Slow release or liquid soluble are best.
- If you wish to go away for a short period of time, water all your containers well and place under a shade tree. The lack of sun for the short period of time will definitely not hurt your plants and they will be less likely to dry out while you are away.