How to Avoid Common Problems Growing Vegetables in Containers

There are a number of problems that commonly arise when gardening in containers. One is not using a large enough container to hold the mature plant. Another is selecting the wrong type of container. Terra cotta is fine, but causes soil to dry out quicker, while black or metal containers get too hot. Watering too little is common – container plants need more water – but over-watering can be a problem as well. It’s also a mistake to use a nitrogen-rich soil that isn’t suited for fruit production. Frequent use of a fertilizer with phosphorus encourages fruit production. Finally, place each plant in an area that delivers the right amount of sunlight.

Key Takeaways:

  • One of the biggest mistakes is choosing a container that is too small for the mature plant.
  • In containers, soil doesn’t hold as much moisture, so the plants need to be watered more often.
  • A nitrogen-rich soil encourages stem and leaf production, while a more balanced soil encourages fruit production.

“Plastic pots retain water much better; however, are not very forgiving when plants are overwatered.”

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