How to Plant in Pots
You have the pots so now all you need to do is plant them up! Planting in pots couldn’t be easier; all you need is the pot, plants, good quality potting mix, drainage material and slow release fertiliser. The following are a few extra hints and tips to make the job as effortless as possible.
Maybe the single biggest factor impacting whether your plant lives or dies. Drainage holes are needed to ensure water is free flowing however these tips will also help:
– We suggest using a single layer of fly screen directly over the drain hole. This will keep the large soil particles contained and only allow smaller fine particles to flow through. DO NOT use filter/geo fabric, silt mesh or weed mat. This will cause the soil to become water logged causing the plant and pot to fail.
– We also suggest following this with a 100mm layer of 10mm blue metal available from most hardware stores
– Use a good quality potting mix to ensure adequate drainage. DO NOT use normal garden soil as the plant and pot will fail.
– Once planted it’s critical to elevate your pots to ensure water isn’t blocked from exiting the drainage hole.
Remove plants from their nursery pots carefully,
Hold the plant closely to the soil surface and squeeze the plants out of their holder from the bottom. If the plant is in a nursery pot try pushing it out from the base, alternatively if the plant is difficult to release you may need to cut the pot open using secateurs.
Mix fertiliser into your soil
To guarantee your plants have the best possible start we always recommend mixing a slow release fertiliser into your potting mix before planting. We suggest a granular, all-purpose fertiliser however you can also purchase specialty fertilisers based on your plant selection. Once planted it is also recommended to fertilise using a liquid based fertiliser every 4-6 weeks.
When planting you must ensure the plant sits at the same level as it sits in the nursery pot, this means ensuring the plant stem/crown is not covered at all. It’s a good idea to water the pot right after you plant it as this settles the soil. You may then need to go back and top up soil as it may depress after watering.
Caring for your pot plants
The frequency of watering is dependent on the plant varieties selected however as a general rule most plants like to be kept in moist soil, not wet but damp. You can assess the moisture level of the soil by lightly scrapping back the top layer. If the soil underneath is dry then the pot needs watering. When watering make sure the water absorbs fully into the soil so you know it’s reaching the root ball of the plant. If you can we always recommend installing a timer operated irrigation system – this takes all the guess work.