Growing plants in containers has never been more popular. It couldn't be easier, right?
Just put some pebbles in the bottom of the pot, pour in the potting soil, add the plants and you're done, right? Well, that's not exactly how expert gardeners go about it.
Here are a few tips that I and many others practice when dealing with potted plants in their own gardens. Perhaps these techniques will help you be an even better gardener:
Drainage, Drainage, Drainage
If you read two sentences into any plant caresheet, review the cultural information in a reference book or get advice from any expert, the word "drainage" will surely come up. Good drainage simply means that water should move through the soil, from top to bottom and out of the root zone quickly.
It doesn't have anything to do with how often to water, just what should happen to the water once it hits the soil. Tropical plants, succulents, citrus, native plants, camellias and the huge majority of other plants, thirsty or not, want good drainage.