10 Container Gardening Tips for Growing

  • Choose the Right Planter

Holes should be at least 1/2 inch wide; smaller holes might clog with soil and prevent the water from draining.

  • Choose the Right Soil

Fill our containers with quality commercial potting soil.

  • Pick Healthy Plants

Most people prefer to grow flowers, vegetables, or herbs for their patio, porch, deck, or terrace.

  • Match Light Conditions

Don’t mix sun- and shade-loving flowers in the same pot.

  • Plant in Layers

For a gorgeous layered look, be sure to include a tall, showy plant, a bushy medium-sized plant, and a trailing blooming plant in your containers.

  • Water Frequently

Container plants require more frequent watering than those growing directly in the garden. Water whenever the soil surface feels dry to the touch. During hot, sunny periods we’ll probably have to irrigate every day. This is especially important for hanging baskets that dry out faster because they are buffeted by the wind. We can use a watering can, or garden hose, or install a drip irrigation system with a timer that waters your plants automatically every day. INKBIRD Irrigation Controllers will be our good choices.

  • Fertilize Regularly

To keep flowers and vegetables in top form all summer, we’ll need to fertilize them.

  • Remove Faded Blooms

Annual and perennial flowers will look better when their old, faded blooms are removed.

  • Renew and Replace

Even with excellent care, some annuals and perennials will begin to look tired by late summer. Instead of trying to revive them, carefully remove the plants from the pot and pop in one or two replacements to give our container a second life.

  • Clean Up Before Winter

A hard frost marks the end of the gardening season across much of the country. Once our annuals and vegetables have died, toss them on our compost pile and empty our containers.