If you are planning to start your own garden, then you should know that it would be impossible to do so without a great set of planters. However, the problem is that there is a sea of choices out there. This makes the task of selecting the right planter significantly harder. We are not exaggerating when we say that selecting the wrong planter essentially means throwing away the money, time and effort you have put into the garden. To top it all off, you may even end up damaging or killing your plants.
This article seeks to prevent this problem altogether. It provides prospective buyers with a guide to the things that need to be taken into consideration when shopping for planters.
The weight of the planter is certainly a major factor that must be taken into consideration as it greatly affects mobility and your ability to change the look of the garden. As you probably know, when the soil gets moist or wet, it will inevitably get heavier and denser. This little detail becomes doubly important if you are doing your gardening on your deck or balcony.
That being said, it is vital that you always consider not only the weight of the planter itself. You will also need to take into account the soil, the plant, and the water and how they will affect the weight of the container.
Keep in mind that the material used for the planter is of great importance here. Try making use pots made from lightweight materials to offset the effects of the additional weight. Of course, if you are working with tall or top-heavy plants, then a hen a heavy container may be the thing for you as it can provide additional stability in the face of strong winds.
In order to ensure that plants are able to grow strong and healthy, you need to ensure that they have access to adequate oxygen for their roots. The important thing is to choose a planter made from porous materials. This includes everything from clay to unglazed terracotta, paper pulp, and timber just to name a few.
These materials make it possible for your plant to breathe as their pores help air circulate around your plant’s roots. At the same time, the porosity of the planter makes it easier for the moisture to evaporate out the sides which helps cool down the soil. In addition to this, you want to ensure that the pot has enough holes to help the excess water drain away. After all, you would not want your plants to start rotting away from the inside.
Maintenance and Durability
Most people want low maintenance pots. If that is the case then you need to make sure that you pick a container made from durable materials. Clay and terracotta pots(1) are probably your best bet in this regard as they require little to no maintenance and they can last for a very long time provided that you do not break them.
This article provides readers with an overview of the things that you need to consider when shopping for planters.
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