Top How 2’s For: Container Plants

Top How 2's for caontainer plants

Summer is almost here, and I am itching to get out there and plant all my flowers. I do have a pretty good size flower bed that I grow quite a few flowers and plants in. Even though I have that I still like to do some hanging plants and flowers in pots to spruce up for front porch. However, I don’t always have the greenest thumb out there. I have some of my pots and hanging baskets that just don’t do well. Every year for Mother’s day my husband and I get our mom’s hanging flowers, so I thought what a great time to write this post. I hope that these tips are helpful for your container plants this summer season. If you have any tips that you would like to share I would love to hear from you. Leave you comments below in the comment area. Happy gardening!

Here are some of my hanging plants from a couple years ago. I was super proud of these ones that year. They turned out so big and pretty


1: Picking plants & pots

When picking your pots be sure to pick pots that have holes in the bottom for drainage. Also I like my pots to match sorta of. That way you have a color scheme going on. When picking what kind of flowers to plant in your pots be sure to pair your plants correctly that are going to go in the same pot. This means colors and exposure. You cant put one flower in a pot that needs lots of sun and one that needs shade together.

2: Soil

Be sure to use good potting soil. I have never used just plain dirt in my pots. The potting soil has great nutrients that the container plants need. I like to use Miracle Grow Potting Soil. It has worked for me beautifully.

3: Planting

When you go to plant your flowers be sure you don’t plant them too deep. I like to fill the pot about 1/3 of the way full with soil, then loosen up the roots of your flower. Place the plant in the pot and cover with more soil. Water to settle the soil.

4: Weather Conditions

If you live where it snows: watch for late freezes. I live in northern Wyoming and it’s not uncommon to have snow in May here. If it does freeze once you have planted your pots be sure to bring your plants inside before hand.

5: Watering

Always water at the roots, and only when needed. Over watering will kill your potted plants. It’s nice to use pots that have drainage holes in the bottom. I will water my plants until there is water dripping out the bottom. This way you know they are soaked clear through.

6: Fertilizer

Your plants need to be fertilized through out the season. I like to put a little miracle grow on my plants every so often to give them a little extra nutrients. Also I have hear that Osmocote Flower and Vegetable fertilizer is a great fertilizer to use as well. Also be sure to discard of the dead flowers that are in your pots. This way new ones can produce and grow.





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  • Great tips for putting together a container garden! Thanks for linking up at #welcomehomewednesdays

    • Charlene Bullinger Asay

      Thanks for stopping by Rebecca. Have a great week!

  • Sinea

    Charlene, I love this! My favorite way of “gardening” is by using planters. These tips will help me a lot! Thanks … BTW I have selected this post to be one of my Editor’s Picks features on Ducks ‘n a Row this coming week for Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. We go live Tues eve 7pm ET! Hope to see you there πŸ™‚ Sineaβ™₯

    • Charlene Bullinger Asay

      Sinea, so glad you stopped by. Thanks for choosing me as one the features. I will be there next Wednesday for sure.

  • Raising Samuels

    Hi, Charlene! Thanks for sharing these great tips with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week πŸ™‚

  • lovely flowers! i either over or under water! meet me in the middle! next to you at pat’s

    • Charlene Bullinger Asay

      Thanks Sue! It’s so hard to water pants and not over water them. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Thank you! I’m looking to get started in this area, and this is a great start!

  • Some great tips thanks! My container plants are just about ready to graduate to the garden πŸ™‚

    • CBAsay

      That’s amazing Donna. You must have a lot longer growing season then I do here in Wyoming! πŸ™‚

  • Great post! I live in an apt and love having fresh flowers around but don’t really have outdoor space… What are your thoughts for growing flowers in an apartment, is it possible? Thanks! πŸ™‚

    • CBAsay

      I think that it is absolutely possible. Do you window seals you could put small pots on? We lived in apartments up until about a year ago. I would put pots just outside my front door or hang them out my back door. We always had a little slap of concrete out the back of our apartments so that made it nice. Let me know how it goes, but I totally think you can plants flowers while living in an apartment! I would love to see pics of what you come up with.

  • Great tips! Those hanging pots in the picture are BIG! Great job! I have to go shopping to get some.

    • CBAsay

      Thanks. Those were at the beginning of the summer too. At the end they were even bigger. I loved it. Hope you are successful with yours this year.

  • Great tips! I’m just starting to try to overcome my black thumb. We’re starting with containers on the patio before I try to tackle anything bigger. I will definitely keep these things in mind. So glad I found you on the Mom Blog Party at!

    • CBAsay

      (un)Balance Mom,
      I am so glad that you were able to stop by. I sure hope these are helpful tips. I think anyone can have a green thumb with the right resources and tips.