How to plant a plant

By Froots

Know Before You Grow 

When talking to other plant people, the terms “pot” and “planter” will be used interchangeably. Pots are generally smaller, round and are usually meant to contain one plant. Planters are generally meant for outdoors, are an irregular size, and can contain many plants. But here at The Sill, we use both terms to refer to our indoor plant containers.

Do I Have to Repot?

Yes. It’s always a little fun to get dirty and, more importantly, it’s good for your plant. When you purchase a new plant it’s likely that it has already overgrown its plastic grow pot. Overgrown plants look full and fresh from the greenhouse, but without proper repotting, the plant will die back to fit that plastic container you found it in. This can get ugly, fast. Repotting your plant also gives it fresh potting mix to grow in. Not only will your plant be able to sustain its current size, but it will also be able to get larger. Initially, repotting doesn’t always mean going up a pot size. Repotting could mean changing out old potting mix that has degraded in nutrients. But eventually, your plant will need a larger pot.

Does Size Matter?

Yes. When we talk about plants, we often refer to them in size or inches. This does not refer to the plant at all, but refers to the diameter of the pot that it is planted in. For example, a 4” plant, like this Pilea Peperomioides, refers to a plant growing in a 4” diameter pot, regardless of the size of the plant — it comes in a 4” tall x 4” wide pot. We use these terms of measurement to accommodate diversity in height and types of plants. A cactus that fits into a 4” pot may be 1” or 1 ft. tall. When choosing a pot, choose a pot that is 1-2” larger than the current size if the plant is currently in a 10” pot or smaller. If your current pot size is >10”, choose a pot that is 2-3” larger in diameter.

Does My Planter Need Drainage?

Yes. We will always recommend selecting planters and pots with drainage, especially if you are testing the waters in your watering abilities. It’s totally possible to make planters without drainage work with a little finesse. It’s best to remember to pour no more than 1/3 of the container’s size in water. You can also line the bottom of the planter with lava rocks or similar to create crevices for excess water to drain into. These methods will definitely help decrease the chances of root rot. 

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