Containers are a gardener's best friend. Numerous sizes, shapes and design are readily available. Pots can stand alone or be grouped to create a focal point in any part of the house or landscape. However, growing potted plants takes a little more than just throwing some dirt in a pot with a plant. With a little bit of care, your potted plants can look fantastic through the whole season.
Growing Potted Plants
Choose a container that's large enough for the plant's roots to grow, and make sure it has a drainage hole. Set a tray underneath the pot to protect the space your plant sits from water overflow.
Place a 1-to-2 inch layer of rocks, broken clay pot pieces or non-biodegradable packing peanuts on the bottom of your pot to allow room for air and proper drainage. Roots that sit with wet feet will rot. If you're using a large container that you will be moving around, use packing peanuts since they don't add unwanted weight.
Fill the pot with a potting soil that's made specifically for potted plants. The soil should contain loam, humus, sand, fertilizer, and peat moss.
Fill your pot 1/2 full and place your plant in, filling soil around it by handfuls until the pot is 3/4 full.
Place the pot in the sun as required for your particular plant and water.