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How to Put Potted Plants in the Ground With the Pots

By Katherine Kally ; Updated September 21, 2017
Mint can be planted in pots into the ground.
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Container gardening adds decoration to a patio and allows flowers, vegetables and herbs to be cultivated without using ground space. One method of container gardening involves inserting plants into the ground while they are still in their pots. This is not recommended for all types of plants but can be helpful if you are moving soon and plan to take the plants with you when you go. Potted plants in the ground help keep invasive plants from taking over the garden.

Check the base of the growth pot to ensure that the plant will have proper drainage when it's planted in the ground. Puncture holes around the base of the pot with an awl or some other sharp object to add holes.

Measure the height of the pot growing the plants. Don't plant pots smaller than 1 gallon, as the roots won't have room to spread and grow. Measure the width of the widest section of the growth pot.

Dig a hole as deep as the height of the growth pot and as wide as the widest point of the growth pot. Place the growth pot in the hole so its top is level with the ground.

Fill in around the growth pot with soil excavated from the hole.

Remove the potted plant from the ground once a month during the growth season. Trim away any roots that are protruding through the drainage holes. Replant the potted plant into the ground.


Things You Will Need

  • Potted plants
  • Awl
  • Measuring stick
  • Shovel
  • Scissors


  • Any variety of mint or herb will grow well in planters in the ground as they have a shallow root system. Most vegetables, especially cucumbers and squash, do not grow well if their roots are restricted.


  • If the potted plants in the ground do not have proper drainage, the roots will rot and the plant will die.

About the Author


Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.