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59. Learning about Water
Both in your greenhouse and in your home there are many considerations for containers plants, not all container plants are going to be placed outside so learning what they specifically need should be one of your top priorities. I have about twenty different plants in my home, with close to fifty so far, in my greenhouse at this time. I am still learning about some of my houseplants, which my friends have been giving me without telling me what the plants preferences are.
Two of the major considerations for any containers, house or greenhouse plant – is for sun and light. While not many plants have the same exact needs, depending on the types of your plants you will need to make adjustments. All plants will need some amount of sunlight in order to complete the photosynthesis process and to develop fully.
Moisture levels – most houseplants will require a weekly watering where the plant will need to be a little moist throughout its life in your home. With container plants outdoors, you will only need to water as the soil dries out. When the soil is not moist you will know it is time to water again. In the greenhouse, with a variety of plants, vegetables and flowers, you may need to have different sections of your greenhouse on different watering schedules because some will only need watered when the soil is dry where others may need watered weekly.
The container – you will find that you will have to water plants that are in terracotta pots or that are in clay pots more often. Clay pots and Terracotta pots will allow the soil to breathe a little more, which will dry out the soil faster. As your plants are getting larger and you are transplanting them into larger pots you will need to water them more because they will have more roots.
Soil – if you have many types of soil used in your container plants you soon will realize that plants that you have used sand in the soil will drain more quickly while if you are using peat moss or bark in your soil your soil will remain moister.
The air – if your home is humid, or if your greenhouse is humid your plants will not dry out as fast but if your home is very dry, or if you place your plants outside you will find that they will dry out faster because of the air and the wind.
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