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Tips on selecting garden pots and planters

Bring in nature to your home and welcome serenity by default. Adorn your outdoors as well as indoor with pots and planters available in various colors and designs. Gardening in small size planters is ideal for little or no garden space.

Garden pots and planters should be chosen keeping the following points in mind:

1)Size: When choosing a pot or a container, keep in mind that it's easier to grow plants in large containers than small ones. It is because large containers hold more soil, which stays moist longer and is less subject to rapid temperature fluctuations. Small hanging baskets are especially prone to drying out, and during hot summer weather, you may have to water them twice a day to keep plants alive. Pots And Planters

2)Plant you want to grow: You need to consider the size and shape of the plant which you want to grow. It can be a perennial, annual or a scrub, and will have different root sizes and different growing patterns. Also consider the weight of the fully grown plant before buying the pots and planters, so that it carries off the weight of the natural plant even if hanged.

3)Material: The next important point to be considered is the material. Pots and containers are available in a wide variety of materials. It can be crafted with clay, metal, wood, plastic or wood.

-Plastic - Plastic and fiberglass pots and planters are lightweight, relatively inexpensive, and are available in many sizes and shapes. Choose sturdy and somewhat flexible containers and avoid thin and stiff ones because they become brittle with cold and time.

-Clay - Pots and planters crafted with clay look attractive but are fragile and delicate. Moreover, they cannot withstand extreme temperate. They are prone to cracking too.

-Metal - Metals containers are strong, but they conduct heat and will expose roots to rapid temperature fluctuations. It will make the soil warm during summers and very cold in winters.

-Wood - Pots and planters crafted with wood save the roots from temperature changes. Wood planters give a natural look to the garden area and look more appealing.

Checkboard Planter 4)Drainage: Which ever pots you choose, make sure it has proper drainage system. Without drainage, soil will become waterlogged and plants will eventually die. The holes need not be large, but there must be enough so that excess water can drain out.

Take a step towards including nature into your living by opting to buy pots and planters that can be easily included in the living room, study room, staircase, balcony or the garden area.