Tips for using really big pots
Really big pots, such as our Aztec pots (W95 x H65cm), are an investment. Often people who are renting or thinking of moving house don’t want to commit trees or large shrubs to the ground. They want to watch them grow and take them with them when they move – who wants to start all over again when they already have a beautiful mature tree?
Extra large pots can also be bought to fill a particular spot in the garden. Plant pots on such a large scale really draw the eye and can instantly, and rather dramatically change the garden landscape. They can be set among plants or might be used to break up the monotony of a large, flat wall or empty space – they make a sensational focal point, sometimes all the more impressive without plants.
Really big pots can also be used as to make a water feature. By sealing the drainage holes at the bottom and sealing the inside of the pot, an aquatic oasis for fish, plants and garden wildlife is born. Ramp up the tranquility factor further by adding a water fountain and solar lights.
Whatever you use a really big pot for, here are a few considerations worth taking into account:
Make a firm decision as to where you are going to place the pot
These pots are usually really heavy and no matter how light the pot, once it’s filled with soil and a plant it will be extremely awkward to move. If a really big pot does need to be moved it may have to be emptied of all its contents and you probably want to avoid doing this as much as possible – plants generally don’t like the stress, and neither will you!
Use a good quality potting mix
A good potting mix is one that is fluffy, holds moisture, and gives plant roots the perfect balance of air, moisture and nutrition. Most brands have a finely tuned pH and common ingredients across all brands include peat, composted bark, sand, perlite and recycled mushroom compost. Garden soil isn’t used in potting mix because it is considered too heavy and would compact easily, inhibiting root growth.
Don’t fill the whole pot
If your chosen plant has shallower roots don’t fill the whole pot with soil – use packing peanuts or plastic containers to fill the bottom.
Do fill the whole pot
If you are growing a tree, however, do fill the whole pot with soil. This will ensure stability of the pot and reduces the likelihood of the pot tipping over in high winds. Make sure you choose a plant whose roots will not outgrow the pot.
Make sure plants are well fed
You do not need to change the soil in extra large pots. But, you will need to ensure your plants have adequate nutrition. To do this you simply need to remove the top layer of old soil and replace with new potting mix and slow release fertiliser. Blend this layer with the older soil as much as possible ensuring not to disturb the roots.
Whatever your reason for investing in really big pot you won’t be disappointed – it will look amazing!