April 12, 2013 by Jenn
Now that spring is here, everyone is posting ideas on fun ways to make planters or DIYs for gardening. The problem is that no one really explains the boring part of gardening, the actual specifics of the plants and how to plant them properly. There are certain things that everyone should know in order for your plants to be their best.
1. Pick out your plants.
I picked two different succulents, a tiny fringe palm, and a zee zee plant. I chose these types of plants because they’re all typically indoor plants that don’t require a lot of light or water. The zee zee plant that I’m going to show you how to pot is actually called the eternity plant because they last a long time.
When deciding what plants you should buy think about your living situation. Are you putting the plants indoors or outside? Do you have a busy schedule or do you have the time to cater to finicky plants. Since mine were going to be inside my apartment which is usually pretty warm, I chose plants that thrive on indirect sunlight and warm temperatures. Once you decide which plants you want, there are a few more things you need such as a nice aerated potting soil and planters. Why aerated soil? In nature rocks and bugs and other roots all play a part in aerating the earth’s soil. Since your plant will be inside a pot and not exposed to natural elements, the soil needs to be aerated to insure the plant is absorbing water properly.
2. Prepare the plant for the planter.
I picked the zee zee plant first. In a separate container I mixed my potting soil with a few sticks and small rocks I found outside. The soil was already aerated with bits of materials but I add extra. Once your dirt is ready you’ll want to remove the plant from the container it came home in. Gently. Very gently. Plants are alive and they get stressed out just like people or animals. It’s important to be gentle when moving them around. Twist the plant a little to separate the sides from the pot and then lift it out.
3. Clean the plant.
Once the plant roots are exposed, remove the dirt that is clumped onto them. Expose as much of the roots as you can and very gently separate the roots from one another. You want the roots to go into the new dirt being able to spread out, this’ll help your plant thrive as it grows. The more the roots can expand, the higher your plant will grow. Be sure to make sure there are no tangles in the roots as well.
Now you’re ready to put it into the planter. I added a few inches of soil and set the plant on top. Next I filled in the sides. It’s important to remember: DON’T pack the soil. You want water to be able to reach the roots properly and packing the soil will make your pot like a brick. Make sure all roots are covered and place a little extra soil on top and done!
Most plants come with a little stick inside that tell you the name of the plant and how much water/sunlight it requires. If you’d like to go the distance, take the Latin name of the plant and google it for even more information. Good luck and happy planting!
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