So you've got your Slugg pots. You've got your beautiful plants. Now it's time to pot those babies up! Here's our ultimate guide on how to pot up your plants!
The single thing most critical to ensuring your plants thrive is drainage. Most plants hate wet feet, especially in garden pots. It causes rotting, invites pests and can lead to diseases. There are three components of good drainage:
- Pot Feet - Make sure your pot is elevated off the ground using pot feet. We recommend using 10mm plastic window packers, which you can find at most hardware stores. Elevating the pot off the ground ensures excess water can freely drain away. It'll also help reduce staining on the floor.
- Drainage Screen - You'll need to cover the two drainage holes in the bottom of the pot to stop the soil from falling through the drainage holes. At the same time, you need excess water to pass through freely. We recommend using a single layer of fibreglass fly-screen which you can buy from most hardware stores.
- The Potting Mix - It's essential to use soil specifically suited for garden pots. A good quality potting mix is free draining, lightweight and packed full of fertilisers & nutrients. You do not need to place a layer of pebble or aggregate on top of the fibreglass. Just fill the entire pot with potting mix. It's good to rinse the soil once you've placed it in the garden pot, limiting compaction later on.
Potting up your plants
Now the fun begins! Be careful when removing the plant from its nursery pot to avoid bare rooting the plant. If you have difficulty removing the plant from the pot, you may need to cut the nursery pot open using secateurs.
Fill your Slugg pot with enough potting mix so the plant's stem/crown is not covered. Positioning the plant too low can cause stem rot, killing the plant. Then, fill around the root ball, ensuring you compact the soil as you go.
Finally, give your plant a good soaking; this will tell if you need more soil around the root ball due to compaction. Depending on the type of plants, you may also want to spread some slow-release fertiliser.