Re: Growing plants in pots???

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Posted by Newt on November 05, 2002 at 23:11:13:

In Reply to: Growing plants in pots??? posted by Kavi on October 30, 2002 at 19:58:11:

: I wanted to start growing plants in my Balcony. I went to Home Depot Nursery & found potted plants. Plants in Home Depot are in plastic pots. So I wanted to know if those plants can grow as such or should I repot them. I am totally new to gardening. If someone could help it would be great.


Hi Kavi,

Since you are new to gardening, I would suggest you go to the library and get some books on container gardening. You could also look in a good bookstore like Borders for a book that will show how to care for your plants.

I am assuming that you live in an area that doesn't get any frost since you are putting them on your balcony now.

Things to keep in mind. Plastic pots hold more moisture than clay or porcelain ones, so if you think you will water them too much, you might want to transplant them to clay pots.

To tell if they need to be repotted, look at the holes in the bottom to see if there are roots there. If so, then it's time to repot. You could also GENTLY remove the plants from their pots to see if the entire soil is filled with roots. If so, then it's time to repot. Also, when leaves start to turn yellow and drop, it SOMETIMES means that the plant is root bound (the pot is full of roots) and you will need to repot. For pots 6" or smaller, repot in a pot that is 1" larger. For pots over 6", repot in a pot that is 2" larger. To determine the size of the pot, measure from the bottom to the top of the rim.

Don't let water sit in the saucer for more than an hour. Water when the top inch of the soil is dry, or it's dry up to your first knuckle when you insert your finger into the soil.

If you repot, buy a good quality potting soil that isn't too heavy so the soil won't get packed down. It should contain small white bits of perlite to help keep it aerated.

Always save the labels so you can remember the names of the plants you have. It can be important later on if you have problems and need further information.

Here's a couple of sites that should be helpful.
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/contain/
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/balcony/

Have fun with your new venture!

Hope this helped,
Newt

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