Growing shrubs in container gives both variety and unique design to your garden. One of the major advantages of growing shrubs in container is that these can be used for accentuating, both the outdoors and indoors of your home. Container shrubs are the best option to adorn the patio or terrace. Also, the number of shrub options available is endless - aucuba, camellia, clematis, deutzia, euonymus, fire thorn, flowering currant, forsythia, honeysuckle, hypericum, kerria, Oregon grape, prunus, spirea, tamarix, weigela and wisteria make excellent choices. To know more about how to grow shrubs in container, read through the following lines.
Steps For Growing Shrubs In Container
The first step towards growing shrubs in container would be to choose a
container. The market is virtually flooded with options, depending on
the size, color, shape and material of the container. Before getting a
container, make sure that it gels with the style and basic outlook of
your garden. Also, it should be large enough to allow the roots of your
plant to grow.
The container you choose should be a stable one, in order to balance the
top-heavy growth. If you intend to leave the shrub outside all year
round, make sure the container is fully frost-proof. Wooden half-barrels
containers are the ideal option for large shrubs, but make sure that the
wood is of good quality, else it would fall apart, eventually breaking
Peat based multipurpose compost are not suitable for the growth of
shrubs. Instead, go for loam-based compost, as they are more capable of
taking care of the nutrients. Acid loving plants, such as rhododendrons,
azaleas and camellias need special ericaceous compost.
Make sure that the pot has several draining holes. For proper drainage,
layer 3 inches of broken terracotta pieces or polystyrene plant trays at
the base of the container before filling it with compost. Polystyrene
plant trays pieces decrease the weight of the pots, preventing clogging
of drainage holes. Well-drained soil helps in the development of the
roots. To make the drainage more effective, make the pot stand on the
terracotta stand or on wooden pieces
Regular watering is a must, for growing shrubs in containers. This is
because bushes have large root systems that take up a lot of water. Even
after a heavy rainfall, do not forget to water the container. In case of
extreme hot and dry climate, watering once or twice a day is essential.
At the time of putting the shrub in the container, combine a handful of
controlled release fertilizer granules. This would provide the plant its
fodder for several months. Thereafter, give the plant a liquid feed,
added to the watering can. In case of you are growing acid loving plants
in ericaceous compost; provide them with special fertilizers that are
At times, it is seen that the shrubs outgrow their containers. It is
then that you need to repot the shrub. In case of repotting, add fresh
compost that has been mixed with a few controlled release fertilizer
granules in the new container. Now, applying slight pressure, pull out
the roots of the shrub and repot it.
Protecting over winter
Container plants are more vulnerable to damage than those growing
outside. For protecting them from harsh winters, move them to a
sheltered place, such as a porch or cold greenhouse. For plants with
fleshy roots, the best bet would be to wrap the pots with bubble wrap.