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Planting & care instructions for container plants
The possibility of keeping plants in pots, boxes and pots brings nature into the city and also on the balcony or terrace. Here you will find useful tips on planting containers in the garden or on the balcony or terrace.
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Planting and care instructions for potted plants
The tub planting is particularly suitable for the greening of balconies, terraces and entrance areas. But this type of planting is also very important for a modern urban garden. With planting in pots, garden spaces can also be expanded or architectural styles can be horticultural supported. In addition, a wood kept as a container plant can be transported or relocated very well when moving. Almost any vessel with the following criteria is suitable as a pot or bucket
- Solid container with holes in the bottom
- Not made of copper
- Big enough for the plant you want
- Frost-proof and weather-resistant
- If you want to keep a non-hardy plant (such as oleander and co), the bucket should also be able to be transported on the way to the winter quarters - either with wheels or handles.
In addition to the products from the trade, there are also vessels such as large saucepans, zinc tubs, wicker baskets as cachepots, old wine barrels or granite troughs. Please refer to the item description in our online shop to find out whether your plant is suitable for planting in pots. The indication of whether the plant is suitable for a container planting is only a personal recommendation. Theoretically, every plant is suitable for a container planting - it is always just a question of how big the container is!
Plant pots, boxes or tubs
Make sure that the bucket is big enough - above all, the proportions of growth size and pot size should be right. If necessary, you will need to transplant the plant into a larger container every two / three years.
First you should create a drainage layer of at least 5 to 8 cm of gravel or pebbles, depending on the size of the bucket, so that excess water can drain off through the existing holes in the ground. Put a piece of fleece on top of it so that the soil does not get stuck in the drainage layer. The potting soil that you put on the fleece should not smell aggressive or pungent and should be of a humus consistency.
If the bucket is prepared in this way, the actual planting can begin. Take the plant out of the culture pot and loosen the roots a little. Simply use your thumb (or a knife) to make grooves in the root ball. Now set the plant a little deeper than before and press the soil firmly all around. If the chosen location and size require it, the plant should be protected from the wind and clamped onto the root ball with two roof battens or attached to the tub. A layer of pine bark or beautiful stones can be used as mulch material.
Underplanting of container plants
Especially when planting ornamental trunks in a bucket, an underplanting is recommended - the underplanting shades the bucket, which prevents it from heating up due to the sun's rays. As underplanting, plants such as geraniums and the like can either be planted seasonally. We recommend robust, perennial plants such as periwinkle (Vinca minor), cranesbill (Geranium), or carpet thyme. On the terrace or balcony, however, you can also plant an underplanting of cramberrys, strawberries or herbs for the grill - this underplanting is not only beautiful to look at and functional, it is also delicious!
Care of potted plants
The care of potted plants always depends on the type of plant. Here are a few basic tips
- Plants in the tub can grow just as quickly or vigorously as plants in the garden soil. A regular supply of water and nutrients is a prerequisite for enjoying healthy and vital growth. Due to the limited root space, the plant is heavily dependent on its garden owner - even during the holiday season and especially on hot summer days!
- Depending on the plant and species, this must or can be cut back or kept in shape.
- Every 3 to 4 years, the container plant should be repotted and provided with fresh soil. To do this, carefully take the plant out of the old bucket and remove as much loose soil as possible. It is not a problem if some root mass is lost as a result, this stimulates the root formation of the plant and thus promotes growth. You can then replant the bale - with as much fresh soil as possible - in a new or in the old container.
- Renew the pine bark mulch regularly to prevent weed growth in a natural way and to protect against silting up, drying out and erosion.
- If the bucket is on a sensitive surface, small feet should be used between the pot and the topping.
- A coaster can be used, but it must be checked regularly for too much water.
Water the potted plants
Plants in the tub can grow just as quickly or vigorously as plants in the garden soil. A regular supply of water and nutrients is a prerequisite for enjoying healthy and vital growth. Due to the limited root space, the plant is heavily dependent on its garden owner - even during the holiday season and especially on hot summer days!
An irrigation system doesn't have to be complicated and expensive. You will find suitable products in our online shop - we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Fertilize potted plants properly
Container plants in particular need a sufficient and constant supply of nutrients - this is how you keep your plant healthy and lively.
We recommend a slow release fertilizer for your container plants. In the case of flowering plants, you should also support the plants with a liquid fertilizer (e.g. Wuxal universal fertilizer) during flowering.
Winter protection on potted plants
Due to the special fact that potted plants have their roots above the garden soil, otherwise hardy plants also need winter protection.
- If possible, place your potted plants in a protected location over the winter months; of course, plants that are not hardy have to be overwintered frost-free.
- In addition, the vessel should stand on a styrofoam plate or something similar.
- Just wrap the pot tightly with winter protection fleece - this will protect the root area from fluctuating temperatures between day and night. The fleece can also be attached decoratively with a coconut cord.
- Evergreen trees (such as box, cherry laurel, holy bamboo and shadow bells) need a sufficient water supply even in winter - weather-oriented watering at frost-free times prevents drying out.
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