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A container holding a root bound plant will not be able to hold water and nutrients for an extended period of time and may require constant watering.
Hanging baskets, window boxes, metal urns, wooden barrels and more can be used in a large variety of situations with an endless variety of plants and locations. greengate has a large selection of containers for all your gardening needs.
Growing medium
Soil from your garden is not particularly suited for container gardening. Its high clay content and heavy consistency do not allow adequate drainage. The most desirable growing medium is a potting mix. Potting mix comes in two forms, soil-based and soil-less. Both of the forms have their advantages and disadvantages.
Soil-based potting soil
This soil is sterilized to destroy the weeds, disease and pests it could contain. The medium has good drainage, and holds water and nutrients very well. Its heavier consistency makes it ideal for larger plants that need extra support and containers that would benefit from the stability that extra weight would provide. Slow release fertilizer can be added to soil-based mediums.
Soil-less potting soil
Soil-less potting mix is usually peat-based. These mixtures also contain vermiculite and/or perlite. They are very light, so they are good for hanging baskets. They dry out more quickly, and need consistent checking for soil moisture. Soil-less mixes contain little or no fertilizer, so a regular application is necessary, according to the label of the fertilizer.
Maintenance
Plants grown in containers may need regular fertilization and watering due to the lack of soil available to meet its nutrition and moisture retention needs. Withered flowers should be removed (deadheaded) to encourage further flower growth.
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