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When should I water my pot plant?
When your plant is in bloom, you can water it every day. Make sure that the root ball never dries out completely. On a warm, summer day, watering your plant twice a day, e.g. once in the morning and once in the evening, won’t do it any harm. Make sure that excess water can drain off from the pot. You can do this by using a pot with a hole in the bottom and by putting broken pieces of pot or a layer of hydro (clay) pebbles in the pot.
Is plant food important for pot plants?
It is just as important for pot plants to have plant food as it is for you to eat. If you don’t eat, you become weak, tired and unable to function properly. That goes for pot plants too. You should also feed your plant once every two weeks during the flowering period. As a result, the plant will continue to produce new leaves and buds and will retain its colour. The result: a pot plant that will keep flowering abundantly all summer long.
What type of potting soil should I use for pot plants?
Use a suitable potting soil containing all the right nutrients. You can also get potting soil to which water-absorbing polymers have been added. If you use this, you will not have to give your plant as much water. Fill up your pot to a few centimetres below the rim so that the water can filter into the soil.
Can I put my pot plant outside on my patio in April?
We advise you to wait until after the Ice Saints’ feast days (mid-May) before putting your pot plant outside. After that time, there will be no more risk of frost.
My pot plant has lost its shape. Can I prune it?
Yes, you can. During its growing season (from April), the pot plant will produce new shoots which will cause it to lose its original shape. Cut back new shoots in order to help your plant retain its shape. Make sure that you don’t touch any old branches. Remove dead branches and faded flowers at the same time in order to stop your pot plant from being attacked by plagues and diseases.
In what form are pot plants cultivated?
There are many different varieties of pot plant with different characteristics, including pure climbing and trailing varieties. The most common forms in which pot plants are cultivated are trees, shrubs, pyramids or in hanging baskets.
Can I leave my pot plant outside during the winter?
No, most patio and balcony plants cannot be left outside during the winter. Many pot plants come from Mediterranean regions which means that they cannot withstand the cold winters that we get in the our country. Take a look under ‘Overwintering’ for more information on this.
Where can I buy pot plants?
In the spring, you will be able to buy a wide variety of pot plants from specialist garden centres or florists. You will also find that some nurseries sell plants. A smaller range of pot plants can also be found at supermarkets and DIY stores.