by johnah on November 18, 2020
Container Growing Lilies Of The Valley: How To Plant Lily Of The Valley In Pots?
How to grow lilies of the valley in containers. You may have heard about it before, but now you are going to learn all about it! So let’s get started with container gardening!
What is a container garden anyway?
A container garden is basically a small area where plants can grow without having to deal with direct sunlight or strong winds. They are usually made from plastic, glass, metal or wood. These types of gardens allow plants to grow in a controlled environment. If you want to grow your own food, then you need to make sure that you choose a container garden over other methods because they do not require much effort and time compared to others.
Why would I want to use containers instead of outdoor growing?
Well, if you’re like me, you don’t have much space in your house. And since most people live alone, there isn’t really room for them to grow their own food. However, if you have a large family or friends that would appreciate your produce then using containers could be beneficial for you. Also, when it comes to growing plants outdoors, they tend to suffer from pests and diseases which are easily avoidable with proper precautions.
So why do I need containers?
If you want to grow plants, you’re going to need containers. Even if you have the space to grow your plants outside, you are still going to need a pot for each one. This is where containers come in handy. You can choose a wide variety of pots for all different purposes and sizes.
If you’re growing your plants indoors, then the best containers to use would be something that lets in plenty of sunlight such as glass or a metal frame with strong plastic covering it. You also need to make sure that there is a hole in the bottom for drainage so that your plants don’t drown.
If you’re growing them outdoors, you can use plastic or wooden containers, but I wouldn’t recommend using glass because of the risk of breakage. And once again, there needs to be a hole in the bottom for drainage.
For flowerpots, you have an even larger variety to choose from. You can get anything from plastic or terra cotta to wooden containers or even abstract shapes. Anything goes really as long as they have that hole in the bottom for drainage.
How do I care for a container garden?
Growing plants in containers is very easy and low maintenance, but you still need to give them something to help them grow. You can use regular soil, but it’s not recommended due to the fact that it becomes hard when it dries out. You can fix this problem by using a soil mixture that is more porous and retains more moisture. You only need to water your plants once every couple of days or so. Also, make sure that you choose a spot that gets plenty of sunlight during the day. This helps the plants grow faster than if they were in the shade.
Containers don’t take up too much room, so they are a good way to start if you have little growing space.
Also, if you have a green house or a sunny window, then you can always get a larger variety of plants to grow.
The soil mixture that you use can be found at most garden centers or even places like Home Depot. You want to look for something with the right consistency and drainage abilities. Also, you’re going to need something to give your plants support such as sticks, bricks or something similar.
If you really want a challenge, then hydroponics is something that you might want to look into. Just make sure that you know what you’re doing before attempting this method.
What kind of containers can I use?
You can use a wide variety of container sizes. You have small ones that can be placed on a windowsill or secured in a larger frame. You can also get large containers that can be placed outdoors. Each size has their benefits and drawbacks, it all depends on how much space you have and what you want to grow.
Containers also come in all different colors, shapes and materials. It just depends on what you prefer to look at. You can even get designs imprinted in the container to give it a more personalized look.
If you’re just getting started with container gardening, then I would stick with the smaller sized ones. It’s much easier to work with as opposed to the larger ones. Larger containers are better for outdoor gardening or if you have a lot of people to feed.
How do I prepare the container?
It depends on what you’re planning on planting in it. If it’s flowers or herbs, then you don’t need to do much to the soil mixture. If it’s a vegetable or something that needs more nutrients then you will need to add more manure and fertilizer to it.
For herb gardens, you can add a few inches of manure and soil to the container and then top it off with your prepared soil mixture. This can be done for smaller pots as well.
For flowers, you can just add the soil mixture directly to the container. This is great if you want to have a pot of daisies or other wildflowers by your front door. It also lets you change out the plants as you please.
Step 2: The Soil Mixture Show All Items
You’re going to need a specialized soil mixture for your container garden.
Sources & references used in this article:
Maianthemum canadense: wild lily-of-the-valley, false lily-of-the-valley, Canada mayflower by K Gould, S Wood, A Smreciu – 2013 – era.library.ualberta.ca
Evaluation of Biological and Chemical Control Methods for Black Vine Weevil, Otiorhynchus sulcatus (Fabricius) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), in Container Grown … by S Gill, J Lutz, P Shrewsbury… – Journal of …, 2001 – meridian.allenpress.com
Lily of the Valley by SS Shea – 2010 – books.google.com
Chemical pinching for roots of container plants by J Nussbaum – California Agriculture, 1969 – calag.ucanr.edu
The Scented Garden: Connecting to Nature, the Inner Self, and the Divine by SM Ross – Holistic nursing practice, 2011 – journals.lww.com