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A Guide to Potted Plants

October 27th, 2011 Gardening

It may seem like all greenery is created equal when it comes to being located either inside or outside, but that's not really the case. Potted plants require different care than the variety you grow outside because they face different conditions. Here's how to take care of indoor plants, which you can place anywhere for a bit of fresh air and natural decor, according to Real Simple magazine and SavvyGardner.com.

Container and soil
If you don't buy a pre-potted plant and choose to do it yourself, there are some things you need to know about pots and soil. First of all, there should be holes in the bottom of the container you choose. This will prevent water from collecting at the bottom, which could eventually drown the roots and cause your plant to die. Use a tray underneath so liquid doesn't seep onto your floors or any other underlying surface.

As far as soil is concerned, you may be tempted to use some from your garden but that's really not ideal. You could be bringing in bugs, weeds and diseases which could affect your plant. It's better to buy potting soil from your local garden shop. Choose a kind that features time-release fertilizers or water-retaining properties to minimize the amount of maintenance you'll have to do.

Watering and fertilizing
Each plant has different watering requirements, which you should look up before you establish a schedule. Generally, you'll probably only have to water once a week when it's cool and a bit more often when it's hot out. Always water the soil rather than the actual plant, flowers and leaves, as this can lead to diseases and spotting. Continue pouring until you see leakage from the drainage holes so you know it's thoroughly wet.

Only fertilize your plants when they're actively growing. Follow the directions on the label of whichever fertilizer you get. Ensure your plants get as much light as their types recommend, and you should enjoy them for years!