Matching herbs to different sized pots

FauxliviaMarch 2, 2014


Beginner gardener here, just waiting for spring weather to start so I can plant some herbs to grow in containers on my porch!

I plan to grow basil, mint, lemon balm, lavender, thyme, and sage from seed. I have a bunch of small pots of slightly different sizes, so I wanted to ask for some advice on which herbs to grow in which pot. These are the sizes:

6.75" diameter, 4.5" deep
6" diameter, 4.5" deep
6" diameter at top, 3" diameter at bottom, 5" deep
5" diameter, 4" deep
5" diameter, 3" deep
4.5" diameter, 4" deep

Any advice is much appreciated!

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Limit your soil selection to a soil you can water to beyond saturation - so at least 15-20% of the total volume of water you applied exits the drain, carrying accumulating salts with it, and you can use any size pot you like - the bigger the better. The larger the pot, the better the potential growth. It's not plant size or how large the root mass is that determines what size pot is appropriate, it's your choice of soils.

Let us know if that makes sense and want to learn more.


    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 6:32PM
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Oxboy555(Las Vegas)

The more important question is what type of 'soil' or mix are you using for the initial seeds, as well as for the seedlings as they grow and begin to leaf out? Keep in mind that once the thyme, lavender and sage get going, you ought to transplant them into Gritty mix (research it in this forum) and ensure plenty of sun. These three herbs like their soil on the fast draining/dry side so they won't thrive at all in anything overly wet/peaty/composty.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 6:35PM
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