Optimal usage of your tools is one of the key things in creating a yield that is to be desired by any growers. Everything should be taken into consideration so that the tools you are using can be used to its fullest. Let’s talk pots – are you using yours efficiently? Is the size optimal for your plants? Does your pot size allow growth or stun them? If you’re not sure how to answer these questions, then it will be advisable for you to continue reading!Don’t worry, we know that it can be intimidating, especially if you’re a beginner. All of us has gone through this and, trust me, it's better if go through it earlier!
Using containers in gardening is a method that is already well tried and tested. It has several advantages over other certain methods such as being mobile, having the really good drainage system, and having fewer unwanted pests and weeds. Additionally, if you’re a fan of how a plant looks together with a beautiful pot, you’re also afforded that benefit! The size of the pot that you are supposed to use can be determined by three things: the size available, the size of your plants, and the temperature of your space. We’re going to go through them one by one and fully explain each.
- The Space Available
When planning what pot size to use, it’s important to start with the space available to you as the pot will obviously take some space. If you’re growing indoors, space will definitely be an issue. Both how big or wide and how tall your space can provide are the things you need to check. Needless to say, if you have a small and short space, you will need to use small pots and with these small pots, you’re probably going to grow small plants as well. Inversely, if you have a pretty big and tall space, you may opt to use bigger pots which will result in bigger plants.
- The Size of your Plants
This size of your plants that you intend to grow is the next thing that you need to consider. In general, small cuttings and seedlings need small pots (around 4 inches in diameter) because their root structure is still not yet fully developed. As they grow, as do their roots. This means that you will need to transport them elsewhere for them to continue to grow nicely. A pot between 6 inches to 12 inches in diameter will do nicely in giving enough space for the fast growing roots. The final pot that your plants will be in will depend on you – it will depend on how big you want your plants to grow. The growth of the plant is directly affected by the size and health of the roots which means giving the roots some space to grow will let your plants grow big as well. So, in general, if you want to have few but big plants, big pots or containers are the way to go. On the other hand, if you want plenty of small plants with fast turnovers, then small pots are the ideal ones. Just keep in mind that there are a lot of other things at play in the growth of the plant!
- The Temperature of your Space
The temperature is also a factor in determining the pot size that you will have to use. In spaces that are warm (like if you are using HID bulbs or using the sun), water evaporates quite quicker. This means that your plants will require bigger pots because it can hold more water to compensate for the fast evaporation. As stated above, the pot size is also determined by the size of the plant which means that if you want to have small but plenty plants, you will NEED to use smaller pots. With this set-up, you will need to have a drip irrigation system to compensate for the fast evaporation in the hot or warm environment otherwise your plants will dry out pretty fast. However, if the temperature is cold or cool, the opposite is true. Having big pots will make the soil very moist which will affect your plants in a negative manner. Not only can it suffocate your roots, the moist environment will also attract unwanted pests, algae and other destructive things such as fungi in your garden.
Choosing the size of your pot is one of the key things in making sure that your plants are being taken care of at the most optimal level. Knowing the three factors above should help you in determining which size is the best for you and your plants. Just keep in mind that there are a lot more factors and that you should check on all of them if you want a big yield!