Availability and Range of Plastic Planting Pots
Plastic pots are among the containers suitable for houseplants and for gardeners with limited yard space. And they are available in wide variety in sizes, colors, shapes and plastic materials. Pots made from polypropylene are perfect for ornamental tubs and bigger troughs.
There are also the self-watering plant pots which are the latest addition. These pots are equipped with a built-in reservoir at their base so that watering may not be frequent like in most regular pots.
For indoor gardening, the terracotta plastic planting pots are perfect. They are also the traditional pots commonly used by garden enthusiasts. Terracotta pots are porous, and thus, shove off some of the drawbacks associated with plastic pots. However, plants contained in terracotta may require regular watering because it absorbs the excess moisture from its soil. To solve this concern, maintaining drainage holes are a must. For indoor use, select the plants that have the least watering needs such as cactus and aloe vera.
Thermoformed square plastic pots are generally standard duty and lightweight. Among the sizes available commercially are a 2.25 inch square, 3.5 inch square, and 4.5 inch square pots.
For heavy duty plastic pots, the plastic injection molded pots are available in nurseries. However, these types of pots, which are excellent for plants often moved or transported, are rarely for sale. Plastic injection molded plastic pots are available in sizes ranging from 4 dry quart, 6, 12, 20, 28 and 80. Plastic planting pots are lighter and cost-efficient than most plant containers. Available in different colors, these pots are safer when there are children around.
For best results, choose the plastic that is thick and heavy duty. They are longer lasting and do not make plants brittle because of too much heat. Also, consider the type of plants that should be cultivated with plastic pots. Ensure that they are compatible.
Potting a Plant
Here are some steps you can follow to properly plot your plants. Knowing how to pot your plant is very important to avoid damaging your plants.
Clean your Pots:
Make sure that the plant pots are clean before transferring you plants. Metal scouring pads will easily get rid of hard-to remove dirt on the pot. Cleaning the pots will also get rid of harmful organisms that may causes certain diseases on your plants. Place your pot under a faucet and run hot water for a few minutes. For plastic and clay pots, you can use a solution of water and vinegar for cleaning.
1. Place the plant in the pot. Spread the roots and make sure to do it evenly.
2. Put soil in the pot. Be sure that the soil is placed firmly in the pot. Avoid packing.
3. To determine the level of the soil that you have to put in, keep in mind that at least ¾ of the inside of the plant pot should be covered by soil.
4. You may opt to use your own organic soil if you want to.
Using plastic plant pots is very convenient, especially when you want to place your plants inside your home. Whatever kind of plant pot you decide to use keep in mind that getting the proper size will help your plants grow healthy.