How to Grow a Potted Garden
Container or potted gardening means mobility! Container gardening makes it possible to position plants in areas where they can receive the best possible growing conditions depending on the varieties grown.
To ensure that your plants are off to the best possible start, use Australian Standards Richgro PRO-MIX Seasol Potting Mixture or chooses from Richgro’s premium range of potting mixes for your specific plants’ needs. Thereafter feed regularly with a good quality controlled release fertiliser. Controlled release fertilisers are designed specifically to work with potting mixes: a small amount of fertiliser is released each day by temperature and moisture, assisting good consistent growth.
Why not use garden soil? Garden soils do not contain nutrients and are generally fine in texture, which means that drainage is poor and will result in plants “rotting off” and dying.
1. Get the right potting mix
Healthy potted plants begin with the right potting mix. The Australian Standards logo for potting mixes applies to potting mixes that have been independently tested and certified to contain an appropriate mix of nutrients, in a suitable base material, to meet the needs of potted plants. Both grades – black (regular grade) and red (premium grade) are your assurance of consistent quality with the “premium grade” having superior nutrient levels and greater water holding capacity.
2. Use a controlled release fertiliser
Controlled release fertilisers are designed specifically to work with potting mixes: a small amount of fertiliser is released each day by temperature and moisture, assisting good Consistent growth.
3. Water according to plants and their location
Use larger pots if possible – the more soil around the root system the less chance of the plant drying out. Watering pot plants can be difficult, as the water often runs over the edge of the pot and down between the container and soil, not getting into the plants’ roots. Add Richgro EZI-WET® soil wetter to improve water penetration and allow the water to soak through.
4. Prevent diseases – Buy disease free plants, use a quality potting mix and clean pots It is also important to keep a regular fertilising and watering program to ensure indoor and outdoor potted plants stay healthy.