Hello, Garden enthusiasts! 🌿
1. Choose the right pot
Before buying a pot, it is important to pay attention to three things:
- Pot size. Choose the size of the pot according to the root system of the plant you have. This means that when transplanting the plant, its roots will fit and still have some space left. If you have an old pot, you can measure it and choose a pot two fingers taller and wider.
- What materials is it made of? Pots are usually clay, plastic or metal. Plastic ones are good because they are light, so I would plant larger plants in them. Clay ones are heavier, but they can absorb moisture, which they will later give to the plant. I plant those plants in them that I can easily carry. In addition, clay can look more beautiful in the interior. Metal ones can get very hot on a hot day and quickly dry out the ground, so I don’t choose them at all.
- Does it have a hole with a plate. Well, this must be taken into account, especially for those who often overwater the plants. This will help you regulate watering and excess moisture will drain into the saucer. Granted, many clay pots don’t have holes, so that’s a problem, but it can be solved with a drainage layer, which I’ll talk about below.
2. Add drainage
3. Substrate preparation with magical ingredients
As for the substrate, I used to buy substrates suitable for specific plants. However, as the number of plants increased, it didn’t pay off financially, and anyway I discovered the recipe for the perfect substrate:
1. You need a universal substrate that contains not only peat, but also compost soil.
2. If the purchased substrate does not contain agroperlite, it should be mixed in.
3. Since the plants on the windowsill dry out very quickly in the summer, I add water crystals to the substrate, which absorb moisture and release it later.
4. For longer plant feeding, I add “Osmocote” fertilizer, which works for at least 3 months.
I choose the quantities at my own discretion, but for the first time I recommend reading what the manufacturers recommend on the package.
4. Use of bacteria
5. Decorate with drainage
Did you know that you can use the same drainage you use on the bottom of the pot on the top of the pot? What is the benefit of this?
- It looks much nicer.
- Watering does not splash the ground.
- Drainage absorbs more moisture and releases it to the ground when dry.
The only downside I see is that it is difficult to see if the soil is dry through it, but here the tip of my wooden stick will help. Read more about that here.
That’s all. If you have any questions, feel free to write on Instagram, where I also share my experiences. Well, if you want this plant journey to be more comfortable and pleasant, I will always be waiting for you at the “Garden Mood” store. Well, of course, don’t forget to read the Blog, where you will discover new topics from my agronomic experience every month.
Happy gardening! 🌿
Meda founder of “Garden Mood” 🌼