|| Use potting mix, not garden soil, for containers.
|| Assemble everything you need -plants, containers, potting mix, fertilizer, trowel–and work close to an outdoor faucet.
|| Before you fill your pots, place a piece of broken pottery or a small stone over drainage holes to prevent potting mix from leaking out. In large deep containers, set a plastic nursery pot upside down on the bottom to reduce volume and save on potting mix.
|| Fill each container three-quarters full with moist potting mix, keeping the mix fluffy.
|| Remove plants from nursery pots, making sure theyÃ¢â¬â¢ve been well watered. Gently tease roots apart if matted and place inside container. Fill gaps between plants, gently firming potting mix. Avoid packing potting mix to container rim; leave five centimetres of space as reservoir for easier watering.
|| Leave room for growth. A pot 30 to 38 centimetres in diameter supports one to three plants, depending on eventual size; a container double that size can hold five or seven plants.
|| Mix slow-release fertilizer pellets following package directions into top layer of potting mix. As you water, controlled amounts of fertilizer are released each time.
|| Water plants generously and check pots daily to ensure the potting mix is moist.
|| Pots that are not frost-proof should be emptied of their potting mix and stored in a basement or garage over winter.