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Choosing The Right Pots

An Apple.

A common problem that people face when trying to grow plants it that they do not know what pots to choose. The right type of pot depends in what you are trying to grow.


Seeds are best planted in plastic seed trays or small biodegradable pots. Biodegradable pots are better suited to larger seeds, and are useful as the roots are not damaged when the plant is potted on.

Cuttings can also be planted in plastic seed trays or plastic cellular trays.  However, they are best planted in biodegradable pots so that their delicate root system is not damaged.

Shrubs are best planted in plastic pots which are strong and allow for some movement if you are careful, as they are heavy.

Larger or more permanent plants should be planted in large plastic  or metal pots, or frost resistant terracotta pots. Terracotta pots are best both aesthetically and practically as they absorb water and often are stable.

Growing fruit trees in pots.

 

A tree with beautiful red stems

 

Sometimes, you may be short of space for trees on the allotment. This is when need to plant things in pots. When planting fruit trees in pots, try to get dwarf varieties as they will survive best. Plant as you would with any other potted plant, making sure you take care if it is heavy. You should also check that you have a large pot.

Once your tree is planted, it still requires care. Make sure it is kept well watered and fed, and if extremely necessary, repot, taking care as it will be heavy.

Also, cut back the tree in around march if it gets too large.

When planting in pots, make sure they are sheltered as pots are fairly likely to blow over. This could cause injury and damage. As well, you should check the tree has good support – e.g a bamboo cane.