Have you been considering purchasing a container garden or starting your own organic garden? If so, you are probably wondering what the different kinds of hazards to plants grown in containers. Containers are a very convenient way to grow a wide variety of crops because the plant will be kept small and contained. Plants in a container are also easier to control the soil so if there are any problems with the soil the problem is easily corrected. However, there are still some risks to consider when it comes to plants that are grown in containers.
One of the biggest hazards to plants grown in containers is root damage. Plants that are grown in containers can easily lose their roots because the pots cannot provide adequate support to keep the roots strong. If the roots are damaged by heavy rain, the plant can easily drown under the water. The roots can also be damaged by freezing during winter. This means that the plant will not be able to grow like it should and could ultimately die.
Damage by Insects
Another hazard to plants is insects. Containers are perfect places for insects to breed. Mosquitoes love the cool dampness of containers, making it an ideal habitat for the planting of hundreds of harmless mosquitoes. While some plants may have insect problems, most container grown plants can be protected by using mosquito mist around the outside of the container. You can place the mist in late evening to prevent the mosquitoes from breeding at night.
Factors Causing Internal Problems
Your plants can be eaten by some types of insects, such as aphids. While the plants may look healthy, they could have severe internal problems that can be fatal to them. For this reason, it is important to only purchase flowers and vegetables that come certified organic. You can also do your part by having your plants planted on a raised bed, so that predators cannot access them.
Effect of Storms or High Winds
It is also important to consider how a plant will be affected if there is a serious storm. Most plants grown in containers need to be carefully moved to prevent them from being damaged by high winds. If you decide to move your plants during a storm, make sure that you keep them well watered during the move. Watering your plants well before a storm will help them remain strong enough to withstand the wind and heavy rain.
Safety of Plants by Well-designed Landscaping
Landscaping your garden around your plants is another way to keep them safe. A well designed landscaping project can greatly improve the appearance of your garden and keep your plants healthy. However, most people who grow plants in containers often do not have the experience or know how to properly design a proper landscape.
Keep the Soil Moist
You can protect your plants by using mulch. Mulch will help keep your soil moist and will also keep weeds from growing. However, it is important to choose an appropriate mulch for your container garden. Using mulch with clay soil should be avoided, as it can actually compact the soil and make it difficult for the roots to get the nutrients they need.
Learning Effect of Improper Growing Techniques
If you are a new to container gardening, learning the hazards to plants from improper potting and growing techniques are a good place to start. By following a few simple guidelines, you can keep your plants healthy and ensure their longevity. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to watering and planting. Most plant diseases can be avoided by following manufacturer’s instructions.
Conditions needed by Plant to Thrive
Many plants require a certain temperature in order to grow and thrive. Plants that are grown in containers that have been used repeatedly throughout the year may not have a problem adjusting to these temperatures. However, if the plants are being grown in containers that have only been used once, it may take some time for them to acclimate to the conditions. Before you plant your first plant, try out the area you are planning to plant your seeds.
When it comes to soil preparation, there are two main options. The first is to purchase soil that has already been tilled and sifted prior to planting, which is a very convenient method that produces a very fine type of soil suited for container gardens. The second option is to prepare the soil yourself by mixing in loose, organic soil.
Prevent Root Raking
One other common hazard to plants grown in containers is root rot. This occurs when the roots of the plants become damaged or distorted. Root raking is a common problem in container gardening. To avoid this, ensure that any plants you plan on growing in containers have been established in well cared for conditions prior to planting them. If you have established a plant, make sure it gets enough food and water and is protected from extreme cold or heat.