Welcome to our beginners guide for planting flower pots! I will be sharing important tips for planting big and full flower pots.
Flower pots can have a huge impact to your yard if you plant them correctly. I am going to show you a few easy tricks to get your pots to look nice and full. This was my front porch last fall, I was so happy with how these pots turned out. They were nice and full and lasted until the frost killed them.
In this beginners guide for planting flower pots I will teach you how to get your pots looking just like this!!
Important Tips for Planting Big and Full Flower Pots
First, your pots must have good drainage. If your pots are not draining well enough you will end up with root rot and/or drowning your plants.
Start by drilling 4 to 5 holes in the bottom of your pot. (get this pot here)
Once you have your holes drilled fill the bottom of your pots with pop cans before adding your dirt.
Pop cans have always worked the best for me, but you can use gravel or other items to help the water drain.
Once you have your pop cans in place you can begin to add your soil. I like to use potting soil with fertilizer in it. The fertilizer helps to feed your plants all summer long.
After you fill your pots with dirt it is time to start planting.
Sun or Shade Plants
All of my pots get full sun so I plant full sun flowers in them. Make sure to determine how much sun your pots will get. A full sun flower needs 6 hours of sun a day. A part sun flower needs 4 to 6 hours of sun and a full shade flower needs less then 4 hours of sun a day. When picking out your flowers make sure you read the tags, they will tell you what they are!
Filler, Thriller and Spillers
When I plan out my pots I like to use something tall in the middle, like these spikes. I also use geraniums. Once I have something tall in the center I add other flower around it. I like to use a mixture of trailing flowers/vines and bushing flowers.
In this pot for my trailing flowers/vines I used a potato vine, the green leafy plant, a Calibrachoa, and 2 verbena's, the pink and red flowers. All of these will trail out of the side of my pot. I also added orange zinnia's to either side for my bushing flowers. The spikes and zinnia's will keep the top looking full.
In this pot I planted a Geranium in the center for my height. Geraniums do great in pots, they will get really big and full. I added a potato vine and verbena for my trailing flowers in this pot.
In this pot I planted orange Calibrachoa and red verbena for my trailing flowers and 2 orange zinnias for my bushing flowers and height
In this pot I planted a geranium in the middle for height and bushing and for my trailing flowers I planted blue Lobelia, and yellow wave petunias.
This is my full shade pot. It sits up against my house and doesn't see the sun much. For this pot I planted a hosta in the center and impatience around the edges. This pot does not have any trailing flowers in it as I wanted it to be big and full. (shop this pot here)
Feed Your Plants
Now that you have your pots planted continual care is very important. I wanted my pots by hand EVERY night, and sometimes twice a day, if it is above 100 degrees.
Plants need to be fed. I like to use Miracle grow once a week when I water. This will feed your plants and you will get bigger plants with more flowers!
I hope this beginners guide for planting flower pots will help you get your pots going!!
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