Care of plants in containers
To ensure that plants in containers grow better and pleasing you with their vivid colors, have to provide them proper care. Having defined the shape, size and color containers as well as a selection of plants, you can begin the design of the composition.
The first thing to check container availability water drainage holes and place on the bottom layer drainage material. For land-based containers, use gravel or shards of terracotta - they will make the container heavier and help it withstand strong gusts of wind. For hanging baskets are suitable litter of jute and polyethylene, coconut shell, moss and cardboard.
The quality of the soil suitable mixture of peat, leaf humus and sand.
You can use fully prepared garden compost in containers.
It is important to immediately to fertilize the soil. by the way, this has to be done constantly.
Fast growing in containers plants are very soon used the entire supply of nutrients contained in a limited amount of soil. In addition, well-drained soil leached mineral salts, which also contributes to the impoverishment of the soil. To provide plants with the necessary amount of minerals and trace elements during the preparation of the soil before planting, add granules of complex fertilizers.
Plants growing in containers need regular watering even more than those planted in the ground. The soil in plastic containers does not dries as fast as in clay (especially not glazed) pots. But even if you use plastic containers, you have every day – and in dry weather several times a day to water your plants. By the way, in the garden shops you can buy special gels that retain water – when planting them mixed with compost.
A good tool is also mulching - it not only adorns the appearance of the container, but also helps to retain moisture and heat in the ground, prevents the growth of weeds and protects the soil from washing and splashing onto leaves and flowers during watering. For mulching, you can use chips from bark, drainage granules, gravel, stones or live moss.
Lighting it is very important for container plantings. Make sure that the plants they received the necessary amount of sunlight. Try not to plant in a single container plants with different requirements for light, as this will not allow you to create all the optimal conditions. When choosing plants you need to decide where to place the containers and how much sun will be able to plant. Don't worry if you make a mistake with the choice of location – it can always be moved. Besides moving containers you will have in any case – the amount of light varies greatly depending on the time of year.
In order to to prolong the flowering plants. do not forget to remove faded inflorescences. Many modern varieties of annuals do not require this procedure and blossom from spring to frosts. But after all, faded inflorescences give an inaccurate, untidy appearance to the plants themselves, so it is better to remove the faded and fading inflorescences.
If you grow herbs in containers. remember that the plants must be weeded out, and also to keep the containers in optimum moisture. These are the two main rules for the successful cultivation of herbs. Mulching is a very effective and effective way of regulating moisture and protecting the root system of grass from overheating. To create optimal conditions, a layer of mulch around plants should be at least 7 cm.