Planting herbs in pots has a lot of benefits over traditional herb gardening. Herbs are much easier to grow in containers, they don’t need to be fed as often, and you can move them around more easily. However, there is one drawback to herb pots and that’s how the plant gets contaminated by the soil it is growing in. To make sure your herbs are getting the best growing conditions, follow these simple steps when you plant them in your pots.
When you’re done with your herb gardening, water them well and remove any excess soil. This leaves your plant looking healthy and ready to take on the challenges of the herb garden. But, be careful – watering your plant can also be harmful. Too much water can drown the roots, which can cause your herb plant to break down. If you are planning to water your herb plants, limit your watering to once a week and be very vigilant about the weather.
If your herb plant has buds or flowers, you need to prune them regularly so they are easier for the soil to drain. Pruning removes the need to water your plant. It is also important to keep your potted plants away from sharp things like spines or thorns to prevent any damage. You might also consider covering your potted plants during bad weather so they don’t get damaged. This isn’t necessary but can be very helpful if you want to move your plant to a shaded area of your yard or outdoors. Covering the entire plant is usually a good idea as opposed to partially covering the lower branches and roots that can get damaged.
When you are choosing herb pots, consider how much light the herbs will need. Sunlight is extremely important for most herbs. For plants that enjoy indirect sunlight, you will need to place them in pots with a built-in shade.
There is no rule on how deep to put your herb pots. Some herbs like to have their roots hanging down so they can get a good deal of sunlight when it is not sunny. However, do not keep your herbs too deep or they will rot. A good rule of thumb is to place your plant two to three inches deep. You don’t want your herbs too deep that they drown in the water, but you also don’t want your herbs well above the level of the pot.
There are several different materials to choose from. There are clay pots, metal pots, and plastic pots. For containers made of metal, cast iron, or plastic, the stems should be inserted to prevent splinters from forming. Keep in mind that herb plants do best in containers with a larger opening than the size of the plant itself. For example, a medium size plant should have an opening that is no larger than one to two inches wide for most herbs.
One thing to keep in mind is the type of herbs you will be growing. If you plan on planting mints, then you will want pots with large openings and tall roots. Mint herb plants can actually take over your whole herb garden if they are not contained. On the other hand, chives, Rosemary, and thyme do well in container herb gardens because their short climbing vines will be able to easily take over your entire herb plant. Therefore, herb garden owners should also make sure that their plants are planted in pots bunnings.
When planning your herb garden, keep in mind that herbs do better in containers. If you are going to use herb pots, herb plants will have less of a tendency to spread out and take over your garden. Just remember to always water your herbs thoroughly after they have been planted. Most herbs do great in a moist environment. Pots with lids will help protect your herbs as well because it will be difficult for a weed to get a foothold on your container herb pot.