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Plant problems: 5 potted plant problems

Good afternoon gardeners! We are going to end this week with a curious topic, which is potted plant problems. Many people sometimes wonder what can be better if they have the plants in a pot or in the field, and the truth is that like everything, this type of cultivation has its advantages and disadvantages.

Potted plant problems

But we are going to talk this time about 5 problems of potted plants compared to a plant that is in a field:

Nutrient supply

As it is often said, “the soil is a living entity”, this means that a great diversity of living beings inhabiting and interacting in it and this naturally means that there are nutrients, salts, oxygen and other elements in the soil. These conditions need to be recreated in our pot or planter.

We also have to take into account that with the irrigation, being in a smaller space, the substrate will be washed much more. Therefore, it will be necessary to be much more aware of the needs of the plant, follow the cultivation calendar and fertilize or compost properly, that is, both with the appropriate amounts.

Root growth

This is perhaps one of the biggest problems; in the land the roots tend to spread especially in dry areas to go in search of water. Depending on the plant, they can expand up to three times its size (that is, the aerial part of the plant, which is what we see).

In potted plants, two main things can happen to them, either that the roots do not develop much, or that they are very limited and begin to roll or spiral, which in both cases will decrease the absorption capacity of nutrients and Water.

For this reason, it is convenient to find out beforehand about the approximate size of an adult plant, which will determine the volume of the pot or planter; you always have to be attentive to both its diameter and depth; since there are roots that expand to the sides, and others develop more vertically.

It is convenient to take into account the space or size of the container both as to whether it is going to be a single plant as at the time of sowing, where you must leave enough space between plants or lines. If this has not been taken into account, it can always be transplanted later.

The weather

We will always have to simulate their natural conditions in terms of climate, since the flowerpots are common to be left inside the house, or in the

windows or terraces; even if it is on the terrace, they are always affected by the climate inside the house. For this, it is necessary to keep in mind the growing cycle of the plant and its needs in each of the stages through which it passes. For example to provide heat to the pot in winter you can put a padding.

Watering potted plants

This is one of the points in which we must pay a lot of attention daily, to irrigation; Especially if we do not have a drip irrigation system, whether automated or not. Since if we have the plants on a covered terrace or indoors, they will never be watered with rainwater. So you have to properly plan the irrigation schedule. One of the first symptoms of lack of irrigation is the loss of turgor of the plant. It is necessary not to go over the watering either for what was commented previously that the substrate is washed and produces losses of salts.

The substrate for the pots

It also has a lot to do with the first point of nutrients, but as for the texture it has to be light, the structure very stable, it has to be well aerated when planting, the pH should be between 6-7.5, the salinity is not very high and, above all, it must have good drainage, avoid flooding in any way, because in most cases they are quite harmful.

Although all the aforementioned are problems of growing potted plants, there is no reason to be alarmed, all of them together present a great advantage and that is that by having to be more attentive to their care, we are providing our plant with just what what do you need.

gardeners, plants, like animals also need to be in their natural habitat, which is where they best develop, but just as we have pets we also have plants with which we are committed to caring for them, so all these plant problems in pots you have to make them minimize, our plants will grow wonderfully and if we do it in an ecological way even better!
In this way we also contribute to caring for the environment. Until next time!

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