How can I help my potted plants thrive?

To keep your potted plants looking their best, just follow these simple tips.

Use the right container

A container should provide ample room for soil and roots, provide drainage, and be attractive with the plant it holds.

The container should be in proportion - in size and appearance - to the plants and its setting. Make sure the pot will be large enough once the plant reaches full height; otherwise, the roots will become crowded and the plant will never be vigorous.

Use proper potting soil

Commercial prepared potting soils are designed to best promote root aeration and drainage, and water and nutrient retention. Commercial soils also help avoid insects, disease and weeds.

Select the right plant for your area

Growing a plant in a container does not change its basic light or moisture requirements, so keep sun-loving plants in full sun and others in partial sun.

Water correctly

Containers usually dry out very quickly, especially in full sun. Daily or even twice daily watering may be necessary. Use your fingers to gauge the soil, then apply enough to run through the drainage holes in the bottom of the container, to thoroughly and uniformly wet the soil. Click here for some watering tips.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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