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How to Overwinter Container Perennials

In cold-winter climate areas, many container-grown perennials, trees, and shrubs can’t be left out in the elements — even if the same plants growing in the ground are perfectly hardy. When you choose perennials [more…]

What to Look for in a Soil Mix for Containers

Because the nature of garden soil changes when you confine it in a pot, it’s important to use a soil mix specifically formulated for containers. If you take a look at the ingredients on a bag of soil mix [more…]

How to Mix Your Own Soil for Container Plantings

To make your own planting mix for container gardening, buy a wholesale mixture of a general peat-based growing mix and then customize it to meet your needs. [more…]

How to Plant Hanging Baskets

Planting wire baskets isn't as easy as planting plastic hanging baskets. But whichever type of basket you are planting, begin by choosing the right type of soil. A successful soil mix for hanging baskets [more…]

How to Plant a Strawberry Pot

Strawberry pots, also called strawberry jars or pocket planters, have holes cut into the sides as well as an open top. The pots come in a range of sizes, but most have between 8 and 15 pockets sized for [more…]

How to Choose Bulbs for Containers

When choosing bulbs to plant in container gardens, planting just one bulb variety per pot ensures that all the bulbs in the pot will bloom at the same time. Mixing varieties in a container, on the other [more…]

Banishing Insects that Prey on Container Plants

Of the thousands of insect species that call your plants home just a handful pose problems for gardeners. By far, most insects you see on your plants are benign, or even beneficial, so carefully identify [more…]

How to Divide and Repot Perennials

Divide and repot perennials to alleviate crowded roots. Because perennials tend to grow larger — in some cases muchlarger — than annuals, you may find your plants outgrowing their pots. [more…]

Choosing Perennials for Containers

Choosing the right perennial for container gardens requires the same considerations as those planted in the ground. Do your perennials need sun or shade? How much water? [more…]

Six Vines that Grow Well in Containers

Growing vines on trellises and other supports is a good way to add height to container plantings. A vine-covered arbor makes a lovely garden entryway, and vines growing on lattice can shield a porch from [more…]

Trees and Shrubs to Grow in Containers

Many hardy trees and shrubs are suitable for container growing. When choosing trees and shrubs to grow in pots, remember that the hardiness zones given are for plants growing in the ground, and that plants [more…]

How to Grow Fruit and Berries in Containers

While growing flowers and vegetables in containers can be a snap, growing fruit trees and berries takes a little more forethought. You need to become familiar with such things as rootstocks, pollination [more…]

How to Select Fruiting Plants for Container Gardening

Certain characteristics make some fruits better than others for growing in containers. But first and foremost, grow what you like to eat! If you love fresh strawberries on your cereal, by all means give [more…]

Fruiting Trees You Can Grow in Containers

Apples, peaches, and other tree fruits are ideal candidates for containers. Beautiful spring flowers followed by luscious fruit — what’s not to love? Fruit trees do require a bit more care than other fruits [more…]

How to Build a Terrarium

For a really self-sufficient indoor garden, try making a terrarium. Closed up in a large jar or aquarium, this kind of garden creates its own atmosphere and moisture. A terrarium needs only a good start [more…]

Low Light Plants for Growing in Containers

Place plants that adapt well to low light in east or north windows, foyers, stair landings — anywhere that receives little or no direct sun. But remember, if it’s too dark for you to read a book, it’s [more…]

Perfect Plants for Medium-Light Container Gardens

Some direct light is fine for plants that prefer medium light, but for the most part, they need bright but indirect light. Place them near a west or southeast window where they receive bright daylight [more…]

Houseplants that Need Lots of Light

To stay in top condition, sun-loving houseplants need to be in a container in a south or west window. These houseplants require and direct light much of the day. If you have the spot for them, give these [more…]

How Much Water Do Your Potted Plants Need?

When you water a container plant, the goal is to moisten the entire root ball and apply just enough water so that some drains out the bottom. Now, if the container is properly planted, a space exists between [more…]

How Often to Water Potted Plants

Potted plants’ water needs vary with the weather and the seasons — plants need less water in cool weather, more in warm weather, and so on. Thus, even an automated system requires adjustment so that it [more…]

Basic Nutrients for Healthy Indoor Plants

Although plants in containers can survive without plant food or fertilizer, making sure you plant have required nutrients will keep them healthy and attractive. Through photosynthesis, plants manufacture [more…]

Choosing a Fertilizer for Your Indoor Plants

When you know what nutrients your plants need and what type of fertilizer you prefer, you can choose the fertilizer that’s best for your houseplants. A fertilizer’s [more…]

How to Repot a Plant

In general, you can follow the same basic techniques for repotting a plant as you do for regular planting. Your biggest challenge may be getting the plant out of its current container. This may be easy [more…]

When Does a Plant Needs Repotting?

When does a plant need repotting? Any time its roots are overcrowded in the container. But don’t wait for outward signs that a plant needs repotting The following clues tell you it’s time to repot: [more…]

How to Sketch a Landscape Plan

Think of your landscape plan as a tool to help you get a handle on the price tag of your project, establish your priorities, and make sure that all the separate parts of your landscape — the barbecue pit [more…]

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