Plants are grown in pots for all sorts of reasons and they can look really beautiful, but they do need more attention than plants growing in the ground, especially when it comes to water and nutrient requirements. Many gardeners forget to fertilize their pot plants, however, there’s no better or easier way to ensure vigorous, productive and healthy plants. Bittern Garden Supplies is the leading place to buy mulch and organic compost on the Mornington Peninsula. Here’s our guide to caring for your pot plants.
3 Reasons Why Pot Plants Need Extra Help
There are a few ways pot plants are different from plants growing in the garden.
- They have confined roots. In the garden, plant roots can venture out several feet in search of water and nutrients. Plants in pots, on the other hand, have their roots confined. They are unable to reach out into the surrounding soil search of nutrients so they depend on you to provide the water and food they need to survive and thrive.
- They often have soilless planting mixes – many pot soil mixes actually contain no soil, they might be made with peat, coir and/or perlite. While the benefit of this type of soil mix is excellent drainage, it contains few, if any, nutrients. That means that you must supply all the nutrients the plants need in the form of fertilizer such as organic compost.
- No beneficial microbes – many pot plants lack the beneficial microbes that are found abundantly in gardens. Some types of fertilizers rely on soil microbes to break them down into forms plants can use. This is ok in garden soil, but in pots without any soil microbes, the nutrients must be in a form that’s readily available to plants.
The Best Way to Feed Pot Plants
Start with an organic plant food. Organic compost is perfect for frequent fertilizing. If using a synthetic fertilizer, you’ll need to follow the instructions on the package carefully as it is easy to burn your plants by applying too much chemical fertilizer. Organic compost is easy to use and very effective. Fertilize your pot plants twice a week. Feed the plants in your garden every two to three weeks. Fertilize your landscape plants once a month. You will start to see a big difference, plants will be larger and will produce more flowers and fruit. They’ll also be better able to fend off pests and disease, and will have better resistance to drought and other weather stress.
Use Various Fertilizers
It is important to vary the fertilizers you use on your potted plants. Slow release fertilizer will keep the nutrients up to your plant during the warmer months. In winter, organic compost will add organic matter to the potting mix and a liquid feed will give plants extra help any time of the year. Applying a liquid fertilizer is not a substitute for adding organic compost and granular organic nutrients to your soil, both should be used on a regular basis. Organic compost feeds your soil as well as your plants and should be added at the beginning of the growing season as you’re preparing your pots. For best results, apply it again at the end of the season to replace lost nutrients and organic matter. When spring rolls around, your soil will have plenty of reserves to feed your best pot plants ever.
There’s no easier way to improve plant health, pest and disease-resistance, flower and fruit production and overall beauty than with the right soil additives. For the best mulch and organic compost Mornington Peninsula locals trust for their plants, contact Bittern Garden Supplies today. Our team can provide the right advice and the very best prices on your garden care needs.