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How to Pot a Plant - The Ultimate Guide

Welcome to our ultimate guide on potting up your plants! Whether you're using Slugg® pots with a drainage kit or pot trays, we've got you covered.

Drainage Kit or Trays?

Slugg® recommends two methods for potting your plants: the drainage kit for outdoor plants aiming for a permanent spot OR trays for indoor use to prevent messy spills and also ensure your plants can easily be taken out of their Slugg® pot.

How to Use Your Drainage Kit:

The key to thriving plants is proper drainage. Most plants hate wet feet, especially in garden pots. It causes rotting, invites pests and can lead to diseases. There are three components of good drainage:

  • Drainage Screen: Cover the drainage holes with a screen to prevent soil from falling through while allowing water to pass freely.
  • Pot Feet: Elevate the pot using pot feet to ensure excess water drains away and minimizes floor staining.
  • Potting Mix: Use a quality potting mix designed for garden pots, and avoid compaction by rinsing the soil once it's in the pot.

Guidelines to potting up your plant

How to Use a Tray Kit:

Trays are ideal for indoor plants; however, regular maintenance is essential. Here's how:

  • Insert Trays: Match tray sizes with corresponding Slugg® pots and place them inside.
  • Add Plants: Keep your plant in its nursery pot and place it within the Slugg® pot, ensuring it sits neatly on the tray.
  • Maintenance: Regularly clean trays to prevent water build-up, mould, and pests.
How to use your trays

Finishing Touches to Your Plants:

Finally, give your plant a good soaking; this will tell if you need more soil around the root ball due to compaction (if using a drainage kit). We recommend maintaining your plants with good quality fertilizer every 2-4 weeks to boost and restore nutrients to your plant and soil, promoting healthier growth.

Didn't purchase a Tray or Drainage Kit? You can purchase these individual items from most hardware stores to make your own kits.

Check out our resources page for extra tips and tricks!