Container Planting Basics

1-2 hours

Here's how to prepare the perfect foundation for plants and flowers to thrive in any space

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Containers add color and greenery to areas like porches, decks and patios. Container plants and flowers can even transform the front entrance of your home by adding a burst of rich color for an added dash of curb appeal.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

1
CHOOSE POTTING SOIL
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Start with potting soil to ensure the best moisture content to stimulate growth of your plants.

2
SELECT AND PREPARE CONTAINERS
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• Clean containers by washing them in soapy water and thoroughly rinsing them before planting.
• If using a new clay pot, soak it in a bucket of water for 15 minutes to prevent the clay from wicking water away from the potting soil.

3
ADD PLANT
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• Put a plant in your container.
• Add top-quality potting soil and allow at least ½ to 1 inches below the top of the container for water to puddle when watering.
• Thoroughly water the plant and place it in a shady or sheltered place for a day or two to avoid stressing the plant.
• Consider setting a container inside a larger one (double potting) and using soil, moss or mulch to insulate the smaller container from heat and cold.