((music)) Hi, my name is Byron Martin and here at Logees greenhouses today we’re going to be talking about plant containers. And so, a container is a vessel that contains the plant’s root system in a potting media. So, one of the changes that happened in the 20th century was the addition of.
Plastic to the container or the pot in horticulture. And plastic has many advantages over our previous clay pots in that it’s lightweight and it comes in many different forms and shapes these are some other containers that we use here at Logee’s. The advantage to plastic of course is that it’s relatively inexpensive,.
Its lightweight, it doesn’t degrade or break very quickly, although you can have that over time and there is plenty of drainage holes that have been manufactured into them. So, that really is the container that dominates the industry. However, there are some issues with growing in plastic pots. And the greatest one being that the.
Root system moisture levels can be kept too wet for to long a period time for certain plants. And, we find that in ornamental horticulture there often is a problem with root diseases, and root diseases actually, in most species, wherever they’re susceptible, can be prevented by proper watering or proper soil moisture.
Level and that’s the dryness to wetness. The dryness,then the change, how quickly that changes. Another container that has been used for a long time in horticulture is the clay pot and we mentioned that before. And it has advantages. The advantages being that it transpires water very easily or releases moisture very easily.
There is a quicker dry down between a totally saturated media and a dryer media at the root system, which helps in controlling root diseases. And this is really about air exchange between the soil and the air and that happens very quickly. Where in a plastic pot it’s not as.
Easy to get a plant dried down quickly. the disadvantages to the clay pot is that it breaks. And, of course, there is a weight issue with clay pots. And this is a 7inch clay pot when you go up to a 1214 inch, 16inch clay pot and you have specimens in that and you’re having to move them out in the spring and in, in the fall.
It can be quite a challenge so that is one of the disadvantages, but going back to the advantage of having a plant that is struggling under root diseases and then, when it’s grown in clay, it responses and comes back without having to add fungicides or other pesticides to try to control it is an advantage.
The choices you have in containers are just limitless. there is everything imaginable based upon your gardening style, your color scheme and what you would like to include in the garden. There are some things, however, to consider when you’re looking at buying a container. Obviously the container construction: we have everything from wooden containers, to metal containers,.
To unglazed clay containers, plastic and glazed containers. All of these have their pluses and minuses, but I think the main thing one should think about is a container has to do two things: it has to hold soil and it needs some way to drain excess water. So always look for the fact that you.
Have a container that at least has a drainage hole in it for drainage. The other thing to consider is that some containers tend to be more gardener friendly. For those of you that like to tend to overwater a bit or would like to grow maybe things like succulents and herb things.
Unglazed clay offers you the ability for this pot to drain well as well as lose moisture out the sides, thus avoiding perhaps some overwatering scenarios. If you move over here to the glazed containers, while they look nice they’ve now lost their ability to lose excess moisture and these might be containers that you might want to put some foliages in or plants that might like a little moister soil.
Plastics obviously are great, because they are very, very lightweight easy to move around. Containers like the concretes even though this looks heavy it’s been manufactured to be very light and then containers like this one right here, which is an extremely attractive container, glazed container, has no drainage hole at all,.
So this container could do two things for you. it could become a patio water garden or what you can do is take a very, very common nursery container and if you want to maintain your plant in the nursery container, but hide the ugly look,.
Slip it inside this fancy container. This container allows you to water properly, because it has drainage holes, hides the container and you have fancy inside of a very, very plain container. So again choice is unlimited. Use your imagination.