Introducing garden pots to your outdoor spaceis a satisfying and flexible approach to gardening. They are placed at a certain distance from each other, should be sturdy and have appropriate sizes. Garden pots placed pairwise can become decorative objects for entrance areas, stairs and pathways. Pots of light colors spectrum are great options for those garden areas which receive little sunlight, drawing the eye to the planted plants. Flower pots are not only beautiful, they are practical and mobile, allowing for rearrangement. They can remain in the garden even in winter, with plants with standing sub-zero conditions. Flower pots can highlight desired garden features and are perfect finishing touch for any garden.
There is a great range of different garden pots, made of natural or artificial materials: wood, metal (zinc is the most common option here), ceramics, burnt clay (terracotta) and plastic.
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Numerous options are also available in terms of pot forms and colors. There is only one main requirement: choosing a plant pot that is the right size for your plants will help ensure container gardening success. A pot that is too large means that you will have more potting soil than is necessary and it might go sour. Flower blooming might disappear at all. If the plant pot is too small, it may lead to soil depletion and lack of minerals. It is reasonable to choose large garden pots for big outdoor spaces. They work great for such plants as thuja, boxwood, rhododendron and azalea.
Flower pots support plants root system and maintain soil lumps shape. Plants are replanted to larger containers as they grow bigger. Flower pots must have holes at the bottom (at least four). It provides for good ventilation and helps to get rid of water excesses.
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Certain forms of pots work for different types of plants. For instance, rubber plants feel and look great in classic deep containers. Flower pot with diameter bigger than their height work for tuberous plants. Pots where the diameter is almost the same with pots height work for most planting types.
Terracotta pots are often used in landscaping due to their interesting texture ( coarse or fine-grained), natural materials and colors (from ochre to carmine red). They are made of burnt clay and have special porous texture which supplies plants with more air, prevents water stagnation and further roots rotting. Clay is a moldable material and allows to create both small and large terracotta pots of different sizes. These types of pots have dampproofing qualities to them and function as a heat controller. For this reason plants feel really well in terracotta potsboth in summer and winter. Speaking of clay pots disadvantages, possibility of root coalescing with porous pot walls and their fragility should be mentioned. Plants might get moldy or covered by algae, irregularly developing root system.
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Ceramic pots are made of clay, covered with glaze of different types and density. Glaze texture can be either glossy or rough-surfaced, but there are numerous possibilities in terms of colors available. If both inner or outer pot sides are glazed, it prevents the plants from getting enough air supply. Pots also become waterproof, that’s why in situations when good drainage can’t be provided, certain plants are not recommended to be planted in these types of pots. Being decorative objects in their own right, ceramic plant pots are usually used as outer container pots.
Best solution for inner pots are clay or plastic containers. Ceramic pots can only be used in summer: ceramic glaze applied to the surface of the pottery can not withstand temperature drops.