Scotland’s Container Gardening Tips

Small space at home does not mean you cannot grow beautiful flowers.  The solution is called container gardening.  Growing plants in containers or pots are ideal for limited space at home.  In fact, container garden look beautiful if  displayed on rooftop, deck, and if  mixed with your regular garden.

In Scottish homes, container gardening is famous because one can redesign the garden anytime without doing a lot of hard work.  Just get the pot and place it anywhere you want whether indoors or outdoors.

Things to know when planting in pots

1.    Choose the right color of pots and plants to grow

2.    Consider the varieties and number of plants

3.    Choose the right placement of the plant

4.    Types and size of plants like hanging, short or tall

5.    Select the area where you want to place the plant like under the sun or shade

6.    Type and size of pots

7.    Gather various gardening tools

8.    Find the type of planting materials needed

9.    Think if you want organic or inorganic container gardening

How to grow healthy plants

The major key to grow your plants healthy is to consider the growing environment of their roots.  The water must be drained easily.  Once the water was drained, air replaces and exchange of carbon dioxide takes place upon the roots.  The movement of air and water is very important to have a healthy plant at home. Then, carefully prepare the pot.

How to prepare the pot

Growing plants do not only provide a suitable medium growth but you have to consider the drainage hole of the container.  If the holes are pre-drilled, use a drill bit to have appropriate holes. You can also use cast-concrete pools when planning for a miniature garden at home.  These pools are created to accommodate plumbing because there are already appropriate holes for the drainage.

Tips

•    Use containers or pots with a capacity of 15-120 quarts. Using small pots can restrict the area of the roots and dry out fast. To determine the appropriate size of the container, determine the number and size of the plants that you need to grow. For deep rooted plants, use deep pots.

•    Remember, the pots must have adequate holes for drainage.  The proper holes should be one half inch across.  To prevent loss of the soil, line a newspaper at the base of the pot.

•    For hot climates use containers in light shades to decrease the heat absorption and can discourage the growth of uneven roots.

•    To permit free drainage, set the pots on blocks or perhaps bricks.

•    If you want to opt for clay pots, remember that they are porous and often, the water passes from the side holes of the container. This can easily cause moisture loss and you need to check it often.

Growing mixture

Be sure that your medium drains easily but have enough moisture to moist the entire roots of the plants.  The compost makes a good potting soil to keep the plants healthy.  Adding sand is also a good option but you need to examine first the plant requirements.  If there is no compost available, buy an excellent potting mixture or you can make your own pot mixture if you have the skills.

Choosing the best flowers to plant in pots

  • Annuals

These plants are suited for containers if you are living in  cold areas.  Plant these flowers closely together to make the pot in full appearance.  If you plant them in early spring, protect them from frost.  Combine various flowers to look beautiful even when afar.

Different annual plants

•    Begonias

•    Alyssum

•    Impatiens

•    Geraniums

•    Lobelia

•    Lantana

•    Marigolds

•    Petunias

•    Pansies

•    Periwinkle

•    Salvia

•    Zinnias

  • Perennials

Perennial plants usually stay up to three seasons.  These plants need replacement or rejuvenation periodically, usually every 3-5 years.  They bloom only for a short period of time – in one week, two, or perhaps 3 but only once a year.

Growing plants in pots or containers can be a fun idea.  You can easily carry the plants anywhere you want to display. Arranging them is not quite difficult as well.  That is why Scottish homes love to grow plants in containers.  Why not try it now?


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