How to Grow Flowers in a Planter


Flowers add beauty to any home decor. Cut flowers are a welcome addition but do not last very long. Planting flowers in containers allows you move them around your home to change your decor. It allows you to bring them inside to enjoy during the cooler months, when they would not survive the outside temperatures. Plants that are grown in containers will require frequent care because the small amount of soil can dry out quickly and they can deplete the nutrients in the soil

Step 1

Decide on the type of flowers that you will be planting. Plant several varieties together or plant them separately for a more uniform look. Perennials will return year after year and will save you money. Speak with your local nursery or garden specialist at your local home improvement store. Determin what plants will do the best in containers and how much room they will need to grow. This will help you determine the size of your container.

Step 2

Choose the correct container for your flowers. The diameter of the container should be equal to 1/3 of the height of the plants and 8 to 10 inches deep. The container should also have drainage holes in the bottom so that the flowers are not overwatered. Place an inch or so of pebbles in the bottom if there are no drainage holes to prevent water from saturating the soil.

Step 3

Plant the flowers into the container so that the roots are completely covered. Use an all-purpose potting soil when planting your flowers. For transplants, gently remove the transplants from their containers and place them in planters that are half full of soil. While holding the plant with one hand, fill up the rest of the container with soil. If you are planting flower seeds, place the seeds on top of the soil and cover the seeds with about 1/4 inch of potting soil.

Step 4

Water your flowers twice a week with about a half an inch of water. If temperatures consistently remain around 90 degrees you will want to water your plants every other day. Check them between waterings so that you do not allow the soil to dry out.

Step 5

Place your flower containers in an area that will get plenty of sunshine everyday. Check with your local nursery to find out exactly how many hours of sun your flowers will need or if they can be placed in partial shade. Roses prefer full sun, but orchids will want some shade throughout the day.

Things You'll Need

  • Container
  • Pebbles
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Potting soil


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About this Author

Melanie Hammontree has a master's in business and is working on a master's in journalism from the University of Tennessee. She is a member of the Society for Porfessional Journalists and has been writing for five years. Works include publications with Hall County Crime Examiner, Player's Press and The Gainesville Times.