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Spring 2011 Newsletter: Planting Instructions
Seibert & Rice terra cotta is the most durable terra cotta in the world. With proper care these pots can be left outdoors year round in even the harshest climates and will last for generations.
When planting your pots make sure the drainage holes are clear and that the pots drain well. The best thing you can do is to purchase a piece of nylon window screening at your local hardware store and cut a small square of screen to place over the drainage hole. If that’s just too much trouble, at least place a large curved pot shard or stone over the hole.
Place a layer of gravel at the bottom of the pot over the screen or pot shard. If you are filling a large planter that holds more soil than you need, you can add a filler to take up some space before you add the soil. Packing peanuts stuffed in pantyhose work well. (If you use the peanuts without the pantyhose you’ll have a mess when you empty your pots.) The pantyhose keep it together and let the water run through. Make sure you don’t use the kind of peanuts that dissolve in water!
You may want to place your pot on pot feet now before you fill it with soil and it gets heavy. It’s important to lift the pot an inch or more off the ground, so that the drainage hole does not get clogged. This is essential if you plan on leaving your pot out for the winter. You can use our pot feet or wedges or simply place bricks or wooden blocks under the pot.
Use the best quality potting soil you can find -- one that contains composted bark or coconut fiber would be your best choice. A free draining potting soil will help your pots last and your plants will grow better. Avoid planting mixtures that are high in peat.
Fill the pot with soil to the level where the bottom of your largest root ball will sit. Arrange your plants in the pot and then fill with soil. Ultimately, you want the level of the soil to be at the top of the plant’s root ball and about 1 inch below the rim of the pot. That will allow a reservoir for water when you water your plants and also leave room if you wish to mulch your plants.
Don’t forget to water and feed your plants. Now you’ll have beautiful plants and beautiful pots!
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