Selecting the Best Native Plants for Your Planters

Selecting the Best Native Plants for Your Planters

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Adding a little extra greenery to your home with potted plants can make all the difference between a boring and dull home and one that’s vibrant and full of life. Potted plants can add a pop of color to your environment, improve the quality of air, and even help lift moods. In many cases, they can be a very affordable investment, too, making it a smart decision all around.

However, trying to find the right plants can definitely be tricky, especially if you don’t know where to start. If you’ve been trying to figure out how to choose the best native plants for your planters, but you’re not sure which ones are best, then these tips can help make your decision-making process a breeze.

Make Sure It’s Really Native

First and foremost, before you try to choose a native plant for your planters, you first need to make sure that it’s really a native plant to your region. In many cases, several type of so-called native plants can actually be a type of invasive species, which means it may not flourish in your local climate.

Furthermore, if it is an invasive species, there may be local ordinances preventing you from actually choosing that plant. To be sure if the plant you’ve fallen in love with is truly a native species, you’ll want to do a bit of research first. Once you know for sure it grew in your location without any human intervention, then you can move forward with planting it.

Check Your Local Conditions

Many people mistakenly believe if they’re going to be planting their native plant in a planter, then they don’t have to worry about the local conditions in the environment. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Not taking the time to educate yourself about the local conditions of your city and state can be a serious mistake and can even spell out a death sentence for your poor plants.

Two of the main considerations you’ll want to look into are the amount of sunshine your region gets and the type of soil native to your community. For instance, some plants thrive in bright, dazzling sunshine, whereas others can actually start to wilt if they’re exposed to too much light. 

The same can be said for soil, too. While it may seem as though black, loamy soil is best for all types of plants, some can be very vulnerable to root rot if they get too wet. Conversely, other types of native plants need ample moisture, and not giving them enough water can spell disaster for your potted plants.

Focus On the Planter Itself

Finally, one major consideration that many novice green thumbs overlook is the type of planter they choose for their native plant. Believe it or not, this can make all the difference between a flourishing plant and one that starts to get droopy and wilted in a few days. Some types of native plants may require a larger planter, whereas others will thrive in tighter conditions.

In addition to the size of the planter, you’ll also want to consider drainage and materials. Having proper drainage will help make sure the roots don’t get overly saturated and start to decay. Materials matter, too, when trying to choose the right type of planter. TerraCast resin planters are great for nearly all types of plants, can be used indoors and outdoors, and promise to be maintenance free and nearly indestructible.

If you’ve been thinking about getting plants, you definitely want to make sure you do your research and choose the right types of planters. This can make all the difference between a gorgeous environment and wilted, dead plants. To learn more about how we here at TerraCast can help you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us today!