Whether you are planting a garden or adding color to your yard, follow these tips to select the right pots to keep your pedals plush and your patio pretty.
Step 1: Determine the size Determine the correct container size relative to the size and amount of plants or flowers it will contain.
TIP: Tiny pots will dry out the plant's roots quickly, preventing growth.
Step 2: Consider the weight Consider the weight of the container. If the pot will need to be moved far, choose a light-weight pot for easy transportation.
Step 3: Select the right material Select the right material. Container gardening pots come in many different materials that have advantages and disadvantages. Choose ones that fit with your decor and personal style.
TIP: Choose a glazed ceramic pot -- wood and plastic containers deteriorate outside.
Step 4: Ensure adequate drainage Ensure that the pot has adequate drainage. Place a saucer under the pot to catch the water and soil that escape after watering, especially if placing the pot indoors.
TIP: Lining the pot with newspaper will allow the water to seep through but will keep the soil in place.
Step 5: Look into specialty containers Investigate the features of specialty containers. Some come with self-watering features while others double as night lights. Now you can enjoy container gardening knowing you have the right pot.
FACT: The first functional ceramics were made around 9000 BCE and were used to hold food and water.