Garden, Gardens

potting tips from the professionals

Most people love pot plants, especially if they're curated in a display along a windowsill or strategically scattered throughout your living space or on a patio. There's really something so appealing about a green gallery, dotted with plants of different types and heights.

Most of us also assume we know how to pot a plant: you just plunk the fern or flower into the container and cover the roots with soil, right? Well, according to the professionals, it's not as simple as that and it's necessary to follow a number of steps to ensure your beloved shrub doesn't end up yellow and limp after just a week. Here are some pointers to bear in mind, provided by the experts from Stodels nursery.

how to plant in containers

  • Ensure that there are enough drainage holes at the base of the container.
  • Cover the bottom of the container with a layer of small pebbles. The larger the container, the thicker the layer of pebbles should be.
  • Add a layer of wet river sand, which will act as a filter and keep the nutrients around the root of the plant.
  • Cover with a layer of moist compost.
  • The hole you dig to place the plant in should be 16cm wider than the diameter of the root area of the plant.
  • Gently remove the plant from the old container.
  • Where the roots are matted, loosen the damp roots with your fingertips.
  • Roots that are unnecessarily long should be cut shorter.
  • Pour a little water into the hole where the plant will be positioned.
  • Spread the roots out evenly to avoid bending them when placing the plant in the hole.
  • Add 60mg (a handful) of bonemeal to the soil mix.
  • Cover the roots with soil.
  • Add a sprinkling of Aqua Soil or Stockosorb, which will assist with evaporation.
  • Firm down the soil around the transplanted plant and water well.

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