The Flod Blog: Plant Care Guide Part 1
Here at Flod, we are crazy about plants and we would like to share our approaches and useful tips when it comes to taking care of your plants and ensuring they have a long and happy life! This guide is mainly for those who want to know how to plant in indoor pots, but the techniques and methods are transferable to any size or shape planter you need.
The first point to consider when thinking about growing potted plants is to ensure that you get the size of your plant pot right so that the plant fits comfortably with space for the roots to grow. The amount of space you should leave around your plant varies depending on the size of the pot but a good general rule to follow is for medium sized to large plant pots you can leave up to 2-4 inches but in smaller pots you should aim for around half an inch of space between the pot and the roots. Remember to fill in all this space with more soil and make sure that you are leaving ‘headspace’: a gap between the top of the soil and the top of the pot – this amount should be the same as the values stated before.
Now, ensuring the correct planter size is the first step and this must be appropriate to the size of your plant. When choosing your planter size, tools like size charts, like the one here, are really useful and the planter pots you buy all come in these universal sizes. The Flod pot is 12.5cm by 12.5cm has a dimeter of 9cm, making it the smallest size of indoor planters – production on larger size pot will begin in 2022 so make sure you stick around if you are wanting to use our product for larger plant projects.
Planter size for tomatoes – 28cm pot (12 inches)
Planter size for peppers – 28 cm pot (12 inches)
Planter size for cacti – 9cm pot (3.5 inches)
Planter size for Aloe vera – 9cm (3.5 Inches, can be larger depending on plant).
It's worth noting that the smaller sizes of planter will need watering more regularly as there is less soil to hold onto water so in terms of easiness, larger planters are the way to go but this will mean having to spend more on soil so that you can completely fill the pot. Remember, a plant with lots of roots is a happy plant!
The next thing to ensure is that the planter has proper drainage, this is so that excess water doesn’t stay inside the pot which will lead to root rot, damaging your plant. Most plastic planters already come with drainage holes but if you want to buy a stylish indoor planter to house the plant, you must ensure proper drainage can be achieved. The simplest way to do this is to water your plant over a sink or outside but this can become a long process if you have to do it every time. A great way to get around this is to buy a planter that comes with a drip tray that can store water away from the roots and soil. With its drip tray made entirely out of recycled plastic and effective drainage holes at the bottom of the planter, the Flod pot is ideal for storing excess water that can either be easily chucked away or we recommend that you keep the water in there until it's time again to water the plant.
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