What Plants Grow Best in Containers?
Tomatoes: As always, the right container size is crucial in growing tomatoes. So is such consideration essential in growing different variants. To grow the smaller variants of tomatoes, containers with around 6-liter capacity at the least are advisable, while for the larger ones, a minimum capacity of 10 liters should be used for one.
A high recommendation is given by experts on growing cherry tomatoes instead of the big ones, as they more easily grow and ripen, giving you the best of what you may need from the crop. Varieties of Vince cherry tomato you might want to include are black cherry, gardener’s delight, Sungold, and sun cherry premium, while some examples of dwarf bush ones are minibar, micro tom, tom thumb, balcony red, and balcony yellow.
When preparing the pot and the soil, remember that the roots of tomato plants need to breathe. To facilitate this, you may add around 15% of perlite in your growing mix. Also, you may create small holes on the sides of the pot so that the roots receive a sufficient supply of air. Aside from holes on the container, support may also be provided for bush tomatoes with the use of stakes or strings. The watering technique is also important.
What to keep in mind is to saturate the entire area of soil you can see; otherwise, you are merely wetting the topmost layer. Other than watering, an important way to keep the tomatoes growing is feeding it with tomato feed. You may dilute the tomato feed with double the amount of the recommended water.
Herbs: Herbs are preferred by many to be grown in containers, not only because they look stunning in those pots, and they are easy to access and move when cooking, but also because they are much easier to manage and to make the most out of when they are grown there. Examples of herb that can be grown in pots or similar containers are Nasturtium, forest green parsley, Genovese basil, lemon balm, and lemon thyme.
Alaska nasturtium: is one of the attractive ones of its kind, not only for its appearance but also for the awesome flavor it adds to food. Its seeds are best sown outdoors when the weather is warm, usually in late spring.
Fertilizing it is hardly encouraged; instead, perlite is incorporated into the plant in order to elicit the growth of its flowers more than leaves. Cutting the plant is as essential as spraying it with a pyrethrum-based organic pesticide in late summer, to get rid of aphids.
Forest green parsley: is one of the herbs that are most frequently used in the kitchen, as it can be incorporated in many recipes. To grow it, you may do so through means of seed germination. Seeds are soaked in warm water for the first two days and left indoor within an average of 11 weeks before the last frost.
Before planting the seeds, they should be rinsed after changing the water once. Cover the seeds with moist, well-drained soil, and keep from sunlight. Parsley plants are cut occasionally and fertilized to keep their robustness throughout the entire season.
Genovese basil: is called the ‘queen of the herb garden’, a herbal plant that is said to be easy to grow. Its seeds are sown indoors at around five weeks before the last frost. Heat leads to the flowering of this type of basil, so if you want to keep them bushy. Furthermore, if you want further leaf production, usually for consumption, it helps if you cutting back stems
Lemon balm: a lemon-scented herb is a fast-growing plant, is best grown in a container, as it could overtake whatever space is reserved for it. In growing this mildly sedative herb, seeds are sown indoors for six weeks before the last frost and are lightly covered with average, full-drained soil. To keep them bushy, you may cut plants during the growing season to provide your kitchen with fresh foliage for different recipes.
Lemon thyme: known for its intense lemon aroma, is best grown in full sun within average-well drain soil. Similarly, with lemon balm, this herb could appear rather messy on the ground, so it is best to be grown inside a nice container, from plants, and not seeds. Lemon thyme must hibernate outdoors, and be trimmed back to its livelier form during spring. You may cut back its stems to trim during the growing season.
Generally, in harvesting herbs, as the rule goes, the more you pick, the more you’ll get. When you keep pinching most of those healthy plants, you help them become bushier, thus prettier.
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