Put them in containers!
Over the weekend, I attended Cherie Czaplicki "Container Gardening" class at the Maricopa Extension http://cals.arizona.edu/maricopa/garden/html/general/hort.htm and learned a lot. The fabulous cascading plant is a Myoporum parvifolium 'Prostratum' used a ground cover here in Phoenix. Cherie has had her Myoporum in this pot for 4 years with a little pruning effort she said it looks this great all year long.
Success with Container Gardening
What do I need for successful container Gardening?
- A container – consider size and material.
- Growing Medium – consider making your own mix.
- Plants – consider annuals, perennials, grasses and bulbs. Exposure – consider amount of sun and/or shade.
- When choosing a container, choose a nice size 12” or larger.
- Use the rule of thumb, drain hole(s) should be about the size of your thumb and preferably on the lower side.
- Clay pots provide excellent movement of moisture and air through the walls of the pot and act as “mini swamp coolers.” In addition, both moisture and air are needed for a healthy root system thus healthy plant.
- One-third high quality commercial potting soil
- One-third pumice (pumice is porous and weighty and will aid in moisture control and help to keep soil molecules from clumping into a mud mess)
- One-third shredded sphagnum peat moss or sifted home-made compost
Succulent and Cacti Mix:
- Two to three part pumice
- One part potting mix
Light weight mix – ideal for hanging baskets
- One-third vermiculite
- One-third perlite
- One-third shredded peat moss or sifted compost.
Putting it all together…
- Place window screen over drain holes in container.
- Fill with growing medium mix.
- Most container gardens include trailing plants, tall spiky plants and mounding plants.
- Tip: to encourage trailing plants to trail, tip root ball a bit onto its side and be sure potting medium will cover adequately.
- Place plants as much in the center as possible. Avoid planting against the sides of container.
- You may consider a mulch of some type to top off your container.
After class, I headed straight for the nursery to pick up pumice and Happy Frog, then straight home to repot all my plants!!! What a wonderful day!