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A proper start helps potted plants thrive

By: KRISTEN BURNSIDE, HARDING NURSERY
May 15, 2017 Updated: May 15, 2017 at 3:18 pm
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Harding Nursery has everything you need to create beautiful pots for your landscape. Before getting started, keep these tips in mind to make sure your potted plants flourish.

Choosing a container: When selecting the right pot, look for one with suitable drainage. If it’s a large pot, filling the bottom with packing peanuts before adding potting soil will help.

Fertilizer & Potting soil: Choose a fertilizer that is time released and contains a growth supplement. We carry a wide range of potting soils that help with water retention.

Plants: Consider whether the pot will be in the sun or shade. Impatiens, begonias and coleus love the shade while pansies, marigolds and snap dragons thrive in the sun. Also keep in mind that most annuals bloom all summer while some perennials have a specific bloom time.

Design: It’s a good idea to use one color for impact or several different plants to add texture, color and depth, white flowers really tend to draw the eye. Set the plants in the pot to see how it looks before you start planting. Taller plants, such as large geraniums or tall zinnias, should be placed in the center of the pot, medium height plants like petunias in the middle, then finish the edge with vines such as vinca vine or sweet potato vine.

Make sure to use plants that prefer a similar environment and use different sized pots to add contrast and texture. Once you’ve finished, give the plants a good watering then sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

To learn more, visit with our expert gardening staff at Harding Nursery, 721 N. Powers Blvd, Colorado Springs.

 

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