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Pike Nurseries: Houseplant Container Gardens

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Out with the old and in with the new! Just as the New Year is getting under way, now is the perfect time to spruce up your home with refreshed container gardens and houseplants. You'll be able to enjoy these ‘mini gardens' all winter-long!

• Drainage

The key to container garden success is drainage.

Make sure your pot or container has a hole in the bottom. If it doesn't, create good drainage by adding a good layer of rock. We also recommend using some charcoal at the bottom of the container to soak up any extra water.

• Soil

Use a good quality potting mix in containers – not a planting mix. Pike Potting and Container Soil is light and nutrient-rich which is essential for container gardens.

• Miniature Gardens/Fairy Gardens

You can create a miniature garden with paths, critters and fairies all within a container garden.

Use 2-inch plants, rocks and other accessories to create these gardens.

• Containers with Houseplants

Use houseplants like orchids in container gardens for a different look.

Enjoy the color all winter and then bring the container outdoors in the summer months since they will thrive in the heat and humidity.

• Decorative Elements

One of the best ways to give your containers personality is by adding decorative elements other than plants.

Incorporate items that reflect your personality.

You can use decorative garden markers or seasonal figurines and fairies.

• Finishing Touches

The difference between rookie container gardens and professional containers is the finishing touches.

Have fun and get creative.

• Moss

Moss adds color, texture and covers up the dirt to give containers a polished look

Try using a Spanish moss and drape it over the side of the pot

• Rocks and Pebbles

Use different rocks and pebbles to cover up the soil

You can use just one type of rock or use a couple to create different designs

Protects containers from a late spring frost

• Final Tips

Container gardens are one of the easiest items to protect from frost or cold damage.

Group container gardens together by your house and cover with frost cloth. Remove the frost cloth in the morning.

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