How to Plant Using Flower Pots


Flower pots come in a variety of shapes and sizes. When choosing which pot to use, take the size of your plant into consideration. The pot's diameter should be equal to about half of the height of the plant, larger if you are planting more than one plant in it. If possible, make sure the flower pot has holes on the bottom to allow for proper drainage. If water has nowhere to drain out, your plant is at risk of drowning.

Step 1

Select a pot that will suit your plant's needs. Remember to make sure the pot is at least half as wide as the height of your plant. The depth of the pot is also important. Most plants need at least 8 inches of soil.

Step 2

Decide which plants you are going to put in your pot and how you are going to arrange them. It is best to start out with small plants and let them fill in.

Step 3

Fill the pot 1/4 to 1/3 full and place your largest plant in the pot. Add a bit more soil if needed to get the plant to the desired sitting height.

Step 4

Put your next largest plant in the pot. Add more soil until the plant is at its desired resting height. Continue in this way until until you have all your plants in the pot and the soil level is at least 1 inch below the lip of the pot.

Step 5

Place fertilizer spikes in the soil if it does not have fertilizer mixed in with it. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations on how many to use and where to place them. If your potting soil has fertilizer mixed in, skip this step.

Step 6

Water your plants lightly. Add a little more soil if you have some settling.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Fertilizer spikes
  • Water


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Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.