Potted plants can add beauty and variety to a home or office, and they are a practical way of preparing a plant to be grown outside. No matter what the reason for starting a plant in a pot, there are certain tips to keep in mind when taking care of it.
Pick a good pot
The right container does not have to be a traditional pot, but it does need to meet certain guidelines. Choose a container with holes in the bottom, because then any excess water can drain appropriately. In order to achieve the right balance, it is also important to place a plate under the container; this helps to prevent leaking. This way, the potted plant has some control over its own hydration.
Use a potting mix
It is tempting to grab a shovel and use dirt directly from the backyard, but this will usually not work out the way it is planned. Soil must be purchased pre-packaged from the store, because soil taken from elsewhere will probably contain bugs or fungi. These can be especially harmful to new plants. Additionally, packaged soil may come with time-released fertilizer. This is particularly helpful, because it helps keep the plant nourished consistently.
Sun versus shade plants
Know the difference, and know where the new plant will be planted ahead of time. Then go to the store, and select a plant that is suited for the amount of light available. Some plants can thrive in the shade, but other plants require a lot of direct sunlight. The store will post signs making the plant’s sunlight and water needs very clear. Follow these to a tee.
Trim dead leaves
Some people are afraid to do this, because they think it is harmful to the plant. Instead, dead or dying leaves are potential sources of mould and fungi, so removing them can save the plant in the long run. Best of all, plants are equipped with the ability to grow new leaves to replace old ones. Sometimes, it is possible to just trim off part of a leaf, but other times the whole leaf needs to go. It all depends on the extent of the damage. Removing dead leaves will also allow water and nutrients to go where the plant can really use them.
Usually, it is best to add fertilizer about every two weeks. Proper watering can dilute or even rinse out nutrients. Fertilizer is essential, especially during a plant’s infancy. It is similar to how a baby needs special nutrients in order to develop properly. Young plants are going through a similar sort of development, and fertilizer can ensure that the plant will grow to its full potential. Most importantly, treat the plant with love, and be patient as it grows. Remember that plants are living organisms and need to be nurtured and cared for in order to truly flourish.
Nick is a Landscape Gardener from Brisbane, Australia. He provides some of the highest quality Brisbane landscaping services and is also available to help you care for and maintain your potted plants.