How to Properly Plant Your Garden in Plastic Plant Containers

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Many gardeners, especially those in the warmer parts of the country, use garden pots from the garden store to cover their plants in the spring and summer months rather than buying large plastic containers in the spring and summertime. Some experts advise against using large plastic containers for garden pots in the spring and summertime.

Nursery pots are typically white, and so you can save money and reduce plastic waste by using them throughout the year. But in this article we’ll look at why you should use pots made of plastic instead of glass for your plants in the fall and winter months and some useful tips for planting pots this way.

Many gardeners use large plastic pots in the spring and summer months, but many are disappointed by the results of using pots made out of glass in the fall and winter months. Glass pots often have an airy appearance, which makes them a poor choice for covering a small area. In addition, glass tends to rot, crack or break, causing the roots of your plants to be exposed to the elements.

Mind These Things

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You’ll need to remove your plant from the pot when it starts to wilt in the fall and winter months. You’ll find that your plants don’t need to be removed completely from the pots, but do want to remove the plant roots that could rot if you don’t keep the roots well watered. After removing the roots you should water the soil with a good drainage solution, using a spray bottle that is designed for use in pots.

You’ll also need to use a good drainage system in order to keep the soil well drained when planting your plants in pots this fall and winter. Using a hole punch to punch a hole in your soil at least half an inch deep, and then using a garden fork or spade to push soil into the hole can be very helpful, but you’ll also need a garden hose to help clear away any build-up of soil that may accumulate after removing the roots.

Plant the seeds directly into the holes in the soil using seed beads or seeds mixed with potting mix. Use your seed seeds in containers with their stems pointing down into the holes in the soil.

Plastic Pots

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Plastic pots are a terrific way to prevent having to haul around a huge container when it’s time to replant your lawn or garden in the fall and winter. When buying pots make sure they are the correct size to suit your plantings. For example, if you have several varieties of flowers in a bed, you may want to buy pots that are slightly larger than your average containers.

Plastic pots are very popular for covering small areas of your garden, especially in spring and summer, but don’t let this discourage you from using them in the fall and winter. The biggest disadvantage to using plastic containers is that the soil is often too loose to hold your plant properly, and therefore the plants do not have access to the nutrients they need to grow. If the soil is too loose, water is not easily draining off, and roots die off.

Final Tip

To prevent this, try adding several inches of soil to the container after you remove the plants from the pots and dig them up. This is called ‘setting the pots’ and it helps to hold the soil in place and makes the soil easier to work with.

If you are planting your plants outside, you can actually plant them right into the ground. Simply cover the plants with a plastic sheet. Use a layer of newspaper underneath to protect the soil from the elements. Plant the plants about two feet apart and make sure that you water each plant thoroughly, especially if you are planting outside the winter.


Plastic pots are also a great way to grow exotic flowers or vegetables. Because plastic pots are so lightweight, they are easy to transport and place in a vase without any trouble, and they will also help keep water and nutrients in the soil.

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