How to Plant Flowers in Pots

Marigolds in a pot. image by H.B. Dean


Living in an apartment or a house with a small yard does not prevent you from growing flowers. You can grow flowers in pots inside the house, or on a porch or patio. The first step to growing flowers in pots is planting them.

Step 1

Select a pot for the flower. The size depends upon the mature size of the plant; begin with one that is 15 inches across. You can transplant it to a larger pot later. Choose a pot with adequate drainage holes, and include a saucer that fits under the pot.

Step 2

Mix equal amounts of sterile potting soil and peat moss. Fill the pot half full with the mix.

Step 3

Remove the flower from the nursery container and place it in the center of the pot, being careful not to damage the root ball. Add potting mix around the root ball of the flower and gently tamp it down.

Step 4

Put the saucer under the pot and place the container in the appropriate amount of sunlight--depending on the flower variety. Water thoroughly until water runs through the drainage holes.

Step 5

Keep the soil moist, but not wet, until the flower shows signs of new growth. Then, reduce the water to the proper amount for the flower.

Step 6

Fertilize the flower, if necessary, using a fertilizer that's formulated for flowerpots. Use a fungicide and pesticide for any potential problems unique to the flower.

Things You'll Need

  • Flowerpot
  • Saucer
  • Trowel
  • Sterile potting soil
  • Peat moss
  • Fertilizer


  • Burpee Complete Gardener; Barbara W. Ellis, Editor; 1995

Who Can Help

  • Container Gardening Tips
Keywords: annual flowers, perennial, growing in pots

About this Author

After attending Hardin Simmons University, Kay Dean finished her formal education with the Institute of Children's Literature. Since 1995, Dean has written for such publications as "PB&J," Disney’s "Family Fun," "ParentLife," "Living With Teenagers" and Thomas Nelson’s NY Times bestselling "Resolve." An avid gardener for 25 years, her experience includes organic food gardening, ornamental plants, shrubs and trees, with a special love for roses.

Photo by: H.B. Dean