Container plants

Description
A wide variety of plants are suitable for growing in containers. The best subjects tolerate constricted roots, tolerate some degree of erratic moisture levels and do not require frequent repotting.

Uses
Container plants add colour and interest to patios and other outdoor areas, especially where space is limited. They can make a striking focal point at times of the year when there is not much colour in the garden.

What to grow 
Visit our plant database for the easiest plants to grow in pots in Auckland. 

How to plant

  • Commercial potting mixes generally provide consistent, healthy growth. Topsoil is not suitable on its own.
  • Always plant at the same depth as in the plants previous container.
  • Ensure there are adequate drainage holes in the container.
  • When repotting a plant into a larger container, ensure that the new container is not too much larger than the previous. Some plants, such as vireya rhododendrons, prefer to have their roots filling most of the container. They can sulk if put into too big a pot.

How to grow

  • Consistent watering is the key to success. However watering too frequently can cause root problems.
  • Watering must be more frequent when temperatures are higher and when plant roots have filled their container.
  • It is best to water thoroughly ensuring the entire root ball is moistened.
  • To maintain healthy growth, apply slow release fertiliser granules or frequent applications of liquid fertiliser.
  • Even slow growing plants benefit from repotting every few years as potting mix breaks down and the container may no longer be large enough.
  • Sometimes when a container plant has gone into decline, the best option is to start again with a new one.

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