CONTAINER GARDENS

State Route 256 between

Main Street and Livingston Ave.

In Olde Reynoldsburg

614-861-5700

fishersgardens.com

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Fisher’s

Gardens

  1. Flowering Annuals

  2. Flowering Baskets

  3. Geraniums

  4. Container Gardening

  5. Tropical Plants

  6. Hanging Baskets

  7. Vegetables

  8. Herbs

  9. Perennials

  10. Trees

  11. Shrubs

  12. Roses

  13. Pansies

  14. Fall Mums

  15. Custom Container Planting

  16. Miniature Gardens

  17. Gardening Information

  18. Flowering Cabbage & Kale

  19. Houseplants

  20. Ground Covers

  21. Chemicals & Fertilizers

  22. Garden Supplies & Tools

  23. Unique Garden Gifts

  24. Pottery

  25. Seasonal Holiday Items

  26. Potting Soil

  27. Classes

  28. Seeds

  29. Garden Art

  30. Grave Blankets

    Lots of people like to garden but don’t have the space for flower beds or rows of vegetables.  Others don’t have the time or energy but still would love to enjoy fresh flowers and plants.  Container gardening is a way to enjoy gardens without all the work.  There are no beds to dig and hardly any weeding.  It’s a perfect solution for apartment dwellers, seniors, condo owners, or people on the go. 

    Follow the advice below and you will have success with your containers.

   Always start with a clean container that has a good-sized drainage hole.  Clean out all soil from last year, using a stiff bristled brush to remove any stubborn pieces, and rinse clean with water.  (Note: If planting in a wicker or grapevine basket, line the basket with plastic, using scissors or a knife to vent the plastic in several places.)

    To mimic the natural drainage of the earth, fill the bottom 10% of the container with cleaned and crushed soda cans, styrofoam peanuts, small gravel or cleaned and crushed plastic paks (the ones from flats of flowers).

    Always use a good quality potting soil, one that is mixed with perlite or other substance that provides “air space” in the soil and prevents clumping.

    After planting your container, water thoroughly, then wait approximately 10-15 minutes, and water again.  Water regularly, following any special instructions on your plant tags (e.g., some plants may require more or less watering than others, so always read your plant information.)  If the soil you use contains its own fertilizer, follow the instructions in the next paragraph.  If it does not contain fertilizer you will want to apply a light application of a fertilizer high in phosphorus to encourage blooms (e.g., Jack’s Blossom Booster).  Always follow the directions on the fertilizer package for the amount of fertilizer to apply.  More is not always better!

    Because watering plants eventually leaches the fertilizer from the soil, fertilizing regularly is vital to the continuous blooming of your plants.  Fertilize every 2-3 weeks as indicated in the paragraph above and according to package directions.

    In addition to fertilizing, some plants need to be dead-headed to encourage blooming.  Dead heading is simply removing spent or faded blooms and, in addition to encouraging blooms, maintains the beauty of your container.  Some plants may also need to be “pinched back” or given a “haircut” (example: Petunias, etc.)

    Containers and the plants you use are only limited by your imagination, remembering that you must allow for drainage so that your plants don’t have “wet feet”.  Use any combination of colors and textures you like, however, remember to group like plants in containers, e.g., sun loving plants together, shade loving plants together, etc.  As in regular gardening, the tallest plants should go in back or in the middle, with shorter and draping plants around the outer edge.

    To add a professional, finished look to your containers, and to also help them retain moisture, add a “top dressing” of Spanish or sphagnum moss, placing it carefully around the edges of the container and in between plants.