Container gardening seems to spawn more mistakes and poor plants than almost any other form of gardening. In this page, I’d like to help you dispel the myths and create amazing looking container gardens you’ll be proud of.
Let’s begin with understanding there are only four things you need to do correctly:
- You need to have a large enough container for the plants you want to grow.
- You need to be using the right soilless mix with no garden or potting soil
- You need to feed properly.
- You need to water properly
No matter what the marketers will tell you, the reality is that any plant is a container plant. Any plant can be grown in a container if you want to do it properly.
The reason some plants are marketed as container plants is strictly because they’re being marketed and sold.
This sounds as if I’m a touch annoyed with those who say, “this plant is a container plant but that one isn’t.” I’m not annoyed, I simply don’t believe them. I’ve grown full size banana trees in a garbage can – and that surely wasn’t a “container plant” (although it was to me) 🙂
The articles on this page will show you how to succeed with growing plants and container gardening.
Growing hybrid tea roses in containers. Indeed, there’s no reason why you can’t grow roses in containers. The biggest container I ever used for a rose was a 48-inch hanging basket and I had a trailing rose that filled that thing. I grew it in a central spot of the nursery but it got so big, the canes became a traffic hazard as they hung down to snag unwary customers. I got rid of it.
Ever buy or been given a pot of tulips in the spring and you needed to know what to do with them after they’ve stopped blooming? Well here’s the answer to that with questions and answers about potted tulips.
I know I’m going to get this question so here’s the answer to what to do with container-grown perennial plants in the winter. Take them out of the pot, take the plants apart and plant them as individual plants. In the spring, dig up and repot or grow as perennials in the ground. If the temperature gets to 5F – the roots will not be happy and will likely die (some of the tougher plants won’t but…)
One of the simplest of garden skills (easily learned) is how to water your container gardens. But interestingly enough, most baskets and pots are killed by improper watering than any other reasons. Hint: it’s all in the fingers and that’s all you need to do the job.