How to Grow Potted Plants


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

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Fill your pot 1/2 full and place your plant in, filling soil around it by handfuls until the pot is 3/4 full.

Step 5

Place the pot in the sun as required for your particular plant and water.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never recycle old soil from another pot or use garden soil in container gardening. Doing so can introduce insects and diseases to new plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Containers
  • Rocks, broken clay pot pieces or non-biodegradable packing peanuts
  • Potting soil
  • Plant
  • Fertilizer


  • Potted Plants
  • Tips for Properly Planted Pots

Who Can Help

  • Best Potting Soil
Keywords: potted plants, container gardening, houseplants

About this Author

Bobbi Keffer attended Kent State University to study education but soon found her true love to be in the garden. She prides herself on her frugal skills reusing, recycling and reinventing her whimsical style in her home and garden.