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Hello everyone, I am now trying to plant container plants. The problem is that these are not the kind of plants that usually have many trunks (most species) and when planted in a container, those plants become weak and the trunk doesn't develop, like a tree. What should I do? When I need to repot the plant, I notice that the branches get trapped inside the pot and it becomes hard to extract them. The best thing is to leave them in the pot and repot them after a month. But sometimes I need to cut a branch with a few leaves and place them on the ground, but I don't know how to do it. Please, can you help me to find out what I should do with such plants?
Hello Everyone, I am now trying to plant container plants. The problem is that these are not the kind of plants that usually have many trunks (most species) and when planted in a container, those plants become weak and the trunk doesn't develop, like a tree. What should I do? When I need to repot the plant, I notice that the branches get trapped inside the pot and it becomes hard to extract them. The best thing is to leave them in the pot and repot them after a month. But sometimes I need to cut a branch with a few leaves and place them on the ground, but I don't know how to do it. Please, can you help me to find out what I should do with such plants?
I don't know about the sort of plants you refer to, but I have been successfully 'container planting' ever since I first came across such a plant!
I use this method: (not an original idea mind, but has worked for me) I make a'straw bag' with some fabric over it, as big as the pot. I put inside the pot, then add in some potting soil mixed with a few drops of lube and add the plant.
It doesn't take long to soak the potting mix, but for small pots (small in depth) some weeks might be required.
Re the trapped branches, try a stick of bamboo/palm stick/cane and extract them, this will ensure you have less chance of having them stuck in your pot when re-potting. If still have problems, there are some specially made extractors from eBay, although you will need to invest some time in extracting them and in knowing exactly where to apply them for the best results.
I have used this method and do have some pretty big fruits - watermelons and apples.
If you keep you leaves/twigs small (e.g. branch about 12-18cm long) you don't risk being stuck in the pot.
As for the repotting, you do just need to be careful not to push the roots too deep and move them closer to the surface. In this case, you may need to increase the quantity of soil. If it's been watered a bit, make sure to drain a bit of it before repotting.
I do agree with earlier comments that plant container without much root is not best. It is for this reason that I avoid the term " container plant."
If you are simply replanting a dormant plant, the standard advice is to keep it in the pot for a year (longer if it is a tropical plant). This should allow you to keep the plant out of a transplant coma, ensure the plant has enough time to heal and grow roots again.
A plant in a container will develop with time, and root itself into the pot as you read. However if the roots grow slowly, the new shoots will be stunted by being forced to grow at an unnatural angle. A plant in a container is always a time suck.
With any fruiting or flowering plant, you need to think carefully about the type of container you use. It should be able to contain water on a daily basis - just enough to keep the root ball hydrated and not more than that. Heavy containers, like a mini-barbecue or growing bin, are not ideal for fruit trees. They don't hold enough water and don't allow enough root space. The same goes for people's kitchens or even a window sill.
The next thing to consider is the size of the pot you choose to plant in. If you are buying a small container with a plant in, you need to think carefully about the water holding capacity of the pot. A large pot will hold a lot of water, but it will also hold a lot of dead leaves. A pot that is too big will also hold a lot of "rootbound" material - some of this is actually very good root matter.
If you repot in a large pot, you'll never develop a root system that is large enough to take full advantage of the soil. If you repot in a small pot, you'll end up spending a lot of time trimming down the branches and then encouraging your plant to grow new shoots. Both of these methods are time consuming and somewhat tedious - which isn't really an attractive way to spend your time on a hot summer's day.
I have tried growing fruits in containers in hot climates. It is difficult to keep the roots wet and keep the temperature regulated. The results are that the plants will be weak and fruit is less likely to set. I now grow fruits in the ground, only watering them once a week. The results are excellent and better.
I would strongly recommend that you make sure that your plant is completely rooted before you put it in a container. Even if you follow the above advice, you still have to wait at least 4-6 weeks before you put your plant in a container.
The idea behind this is that the root ball will rot out under the weight of soil. If it rot's out too fast, the roots won't have time to form a healthy root system. You can also use this technique to restrict the growth of a plant to keep it from outgrowing its container. This is useful if you want to grow a small plant in a large pot.
Hi Karthik, firstly