Tools of the trade for pot plants

Garden Life
Without the correct equipment, the cultivation and later care of pot plants becomes difficult or completely impossible. Therefore, here is a list of which equipment you will need. In order to sow pot plants or to take cuttings from them, you require so-called cultivation pots such as Jiffy pots or peat pots. Alternative: You can also sow and plant cuttings into 9 cm flower pots, in cultivation soil. A heatable mini-greenhouse for the windowsill provides the correct germination and rooting temperatures – this is also known as a cultivation station. Once the young plants are well-rooted in their “baby bed”, they can be replanted into larger plant pots (12 or 13 cm diameter) with quality potting soil so that they can achieve their full splendour.

GARDENA hand tools for cultivation

Using a trowel, fill cultivation soil into cultivation pots, and, with the aid of a dibber, insert the seedlings into the soil. You require a sharp cuttings knife in order to take cuttings. Secateurs are useful for cutting back seedlings or rooted cuttings after they produce the first shoots, in order to promote the growth of branching shoots.
At the beginning, seedlings and cuttings are very delicate and should therefore be watered very carefully with a soft spray. Once the young plants have grown roots, it is best to water them “from below” using a saucer.
Here is a useful checklist so that you always have the right equipment to hand during each growth phase of your cultivated plants: Cuttings knife, cultivation station, cultivation pots, secateurs, gardening gloves, dibber, trowel, flower fork, watering can with sprayer, saucers, 9 cm pots and 12 or 13 cm pots.

GARDENA hand tools for during plant growth

During the growth phase, a seedling or cutting becomes a sapling or young plant. These are already ready to move into a larger pot.
During this intensive growth phase of the young plants, ensure that they are not affected by weeds or pests.
Using a hand hoe, loosen up the soil surface occasionally; this ventilates the roots. If greenfly & co. move in, it is recommended that you have a pump sprayer ready in order to counter these parasites with the aid of environmentally-compatible plant protection.
During growth, the first pruning with secateurs may already become necessary as soon as the young shoots have grown approximately three to five leaves long. Then remove the shoot tips in order to promote the production of branching shoots. Pruning may also mean training the plant using a bamboo stick of the correct size to keep it straight. The plant is fixed to the stick with the aid of raffia ties. 

Products used: Gardening gloves, spray bottle, bamboo stick, raffia ties, hand trowel, secateurs, hand hoe.

GARDENA hand tools for during the rest period

In autumn and winter, plants enter their rest period. Protect them using insulating materials such as jute and non-woven fabric, or even a heating coil for plants in planters. Those who do not want their plants to stand outside over the winter will require a transportation aid to move the heavy pot plants into winter quarters in a garage or cellar. Here the GARDENA Mobile Garden Cart, which can be modified for plant transportation, is an excellent choice. During the winter months, the winter quarters of frost-sensitive plants must be checked regularly. When visiting them, don’t forget to take appropriate garden tools with you. You may require secateurs for the removal of dead plant sections. Pests may also have infested your favourite pot plants. It is best to separate such plants off from the others in order to treat the infestation. Check all your plants in their winter quarters regularly for signs of dryness. If necessary, water them – but only minimally, so that you preserve them from drying out. Using a water tap adapter, you can also use the tried and tested GARDENA Watering Systems inside your home.

Products used: Transportation aids (GARDENA Mobile Garden Cart), secateurs, spray bottle, water tap adapter, watering system.

GARDENA products for repotting pot plants

Once per year, those pot plants which are already excessively strongly rooted in their plant pots should receive a little extra space. Remove approximately a third of the old root ball, and place the plant into fresh quality potting soil.
Clean previously-used pots prior to use thoroughly with a garden hose and brush head. This removes any fungi spores and parasite eggs which may still be sticking to them. You can remove limescale deposits on terracotta pots using descaling agent (e.g. vinegar) and a coarse brush. Don’t forget to rinse out the pots thoroughly after using descaling agent! In this way, you remove the residues which may have been adsorbed by the terracotta pot, and which may subsequently be passed on to the potting soil and into the plant roots. It is sufficient to submerge it in water twice for a time period of two hours.

Products used: Trowel, hose incl. brush head, descaling agent (e.g. vinegar), large container for watering.