January 20, 2021

Planter grown plants can be a fantastic addition to any landscape or garden all by themselves.  By utilizing a Modern Planter or Classic Rolled Rim, you'll be adding aesthetic interest and curb appeal to your home and yard.    

Choosing the Right Planter

As you're probably well aware, there are many planters on the market - but which one is the best choice for you?  The first step is to find your style - do you prefer something classicItalian inspired? How about something with a modern or colonial twist?  Whatever your style may be, Tusco Products has you covered with numerous styles and sizes - and on top of that, all of our planters have UV protection built in, have all season usage, can be used indoors or outdoors and are made with 100% high grade polyethylene. 

Drainage, Drainage, Drainage

Did we mention drainage?  While this might not be the first thing you think about when gearing up to plant in a planter - it may be one of the more important steps to having a flourishing plant or flower.  When there isn't a big enough hole or holes for water to get out of your pot, your soil will become too wet and the roots of your plants can rot which will cause your plants to die - putting all of your hard work to waste.  We recommend drilling 2-4 holes in the bottom of our planters as well as filling the base with 2" of gravel to ensure the proper amount of drainage.

Choosing the Right Plants

Trips to the garden nursery can be very overwhelming - we've all been there.  There are hundreds of options to choose from so where do you even start?  The biggest thing you want to think about when choosing your plants/flowers is how much sunlight hits the area where the planter will be going.  All plants require sunlight to grow, but differ in the amount and intensity of light needed to prosper. Plant labels identify the amount of sun a plant requires as full sun, part sun, part shade or full shade as defined:

  • Full sun – Plants need at least 6 hours of direct sun daily
  • Part sun – Plants thrive with between 3 and 6 hours of direct sun per day
  • Part shade – Plants require between 3 and 6 hours of sun per day, but need protection from intense mid-day sun
  • Full shade – Plants require less than 3 hours of direct sun per day

You will also want to take into account the spacing and mature size of the plants.  Find out how big your plants will be when mature and make sure your container can accommodate that. Dwarf varieties usually do well in containers since they are small by nature.

Potting Soil

When planting in a container, plants/flowers do best with a potting mix rather than with garden soil which can compact easily.  Often times, garden soil will contain pests and weed seeds which you do not want in your planter.  You will want to look for a potting mix that is light and fluffy while also draining well.  You can also go the route of making your own potting soil with just a few key ingredients   

Feeding Your Plants 

The vast majority of plants will need fertilizer added to your soil, in order to thrive. You can mix in a slow release fertilizer into a potting mix.  When you're initially planting your pot, you will want to mix the fertilizer in with your potting soil.  After that, you can fertilize every 1-2 weeks with a liquid fertilizer.  One thing to note is that if you start with a synthetic fertilizer, you will need to stick with a synthetic fertilizer.  This is because synthetic fertilizers will kill the beneficial organisms that exist in the soil.  

Watering Your Plants

Watering plants in containers is different than watering plants directly in the soil. Potting soil is often less dense than garden soil and thus holds less water. And because the pots are above ground, they don’t have all that mass around them to keep cool. Too much or too little water can kill your plants. The idea is to keep the soil moist throughout, but not wet.  On an overly hot day, you may need to water your potted plant 2 times to avoid the potting soil from becoming dry. 

Don't have time to contently monitor the soil moisture?  Then a self watering planter is for you!  The Tusco Products Modern Colonial Planter features a built-in water reservoir encourages healthy plant growth by allowing plants to practically water themselves