Today, I am going to show you how easy it is to pot plants! Some of you may already know how to do this, others may have no idea. I was one of those that had no idea. I used to watch my parents, family, and friends plant their flowers, weed, prune, and pot plants, but never did it myself. I used to say it just “wasn’t my thing.” I am not sure why I did not want to do it because I would always go to the garden with my Dad and harvest the vegetables and make food :) The summer garden is one of my fondest memories, so now I am trying to recreate it in my own backyard! I am going to show you how put brand new plants in pots and how to separate a plant that has grown too big into two separate pots. So, let’s get started learning the basics on potting plants!
All you need is the plants you want (mine are herbs: mint and basil), pots, potting soil, and some gardening tools.
I bought these pots at the Dollar Tree, you know I am obsessed with that place! You can buy them anywhere really, there are tons of colors and sizes to choose from. See those two little circles on the bottom? I never knew those were there before and I actually killed some plants last year because they could not drain their water, ooops!! Always learning!
I used a phillips head screw driver to poke the holes.
I thought that I could jab the screw driver down and make a hole … well, that ended up cracking the pot (probably because it is a cheaper made pot!) So, I twisted the screw driver like you normally would use it and that worked perfectly.
This is how it will look once you’ve made your holes. If there are no pre-made circles on your pot, just make your own because a potted plant has to drain.
Next, add a few inches of soil into the bottom of your pot.
Remove the plastic container from the outside of your plant. If you bought a plant that has a biodegradable container, you do not have to remove it. At this point, just make sure your plant is centered and add soil up to the base of the plant. And maybe a little more soil for good measure :)
Look at that, you are all done! Isn’t that so simple? And you can easily decorate your house or your porch with beautiful potted plants in no time.
Below you can see how unruly my aloe plant has become. It is not looking very pretty because I have used some of it (which is good, but then it makes the left overs on the plant look bad), it has grown too big for the pot, and I even have some black mold on it, yikes! Dawn dish soap mixed with warm water will take the mold right off!
Do you see how there is another tiny little aloe plant trying to grow underneath the larger plant? Look on the right. I separated the plant by gently digging this part out, making sure to get as many roots out as possible without tearing them off.
I followed the potting steps I shared with you earlier to put this cute little guy into his own pot. He is happy now!
Potting and/or separating plants is super easy, you just need a few tools, a gentle touch, and love for your plants! Don’t forget to water them!! I always use Miracle Grow when I first pot plants and then about once every couple of weeks if they look like they need an extra boost. Now, go get potting!!