Hanging basket in full bloom
Plant raising and growing in containers - including pots, planters, hanging baskets
The basis of organic growing is a healthy, biologically active, soil, which supplies plants with all their needs. Plants growing in the restricted environment of a pot will always be more reliant on additional feeding and watering, and more prone to pest and disease. Growing directly in the ground is recommended where possible.
- Guidelines on Seeds and other planting material
Best organic practice - the first choice
- Use an organic growing medium
- Guidelines on Growing media
- Use the largest appropriate container size to reduce the need for additional feeding, and the risk of drying out.
- Home made paper pots, wooden trays (link to wood section) and recycled foodstuff and other recycled containers.
- Hanging basket liners made from recycled, biodegradable materials such as moss from your lawn, hay or a pure wool jumper.
Acceptable organic practice
- Reused plastic pots and trays.
- Biodegradable hanging basket liners.
- Our factsheet Hanging basket liners
- Commercially available pots made from papers, plant wastes and other biodegradable materials, excluding peat
- Plant tonics and biostimulants as outlined in these guidelines.
- Composted organic materials and organic fertilisers for additional feeding where necessary
- Organic liquid feeds
- Guidelines on Liquid feeds
Acceptable, but not for regular use
- Pots and trays made from recycled plastic.
Never acceptable in an organic garden
- Tyres as a container for growing food crops, unless lined first.
- Moss gathered from the wild for hanging basket liners.
- Hydroponic systems where there is no natural rooting medium.
- Peat pots.
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