Follow these tips to keep your pots and containers beautiful.

Watering pots and containers

Plants in containers will need more frequent water than they do in the ground. Most container plants need watering if the soil feels dry to the middle joint of the finger. Drought requiring plants may dry out further, and water loving plants should be watered sooner. Bigger containers tend to dry out more slowly than small ones, and watering is generally less frequently needed in winter than in summer.

 

Fertilizing and feeding pots and containers

Regular feeding is one of the secrets to container garden success. Use a good liquid feed and give additional slow-release fertilizer every six to eight weeks for best results. Even plants that tolerate very poor soil tend to get a bit starved in the artificial conditions of a container, potted Vygies, for example, reward this type of care with lush, healthy growth and a strong floral display.

 

Neatening and pruning potted or containerized plants

Don’t allow container plants to become leggy. Light trims are barely noticeable, but if the plant gets out of hand before pruning it will look a bit shocked after its corrective cut. Shape large shrubs and trees by drawing an imaginary line representing the shape you want and cutting everything outside this.

Groundcovers love having their tips trimmed. Give them light haircuts to encourage a dense habit. Don’t let them cascade far over the edge of the pot until they are full and bushy.

 

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