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Should Potted Plants be Mulched?

Mulching Tips | September 5, 2019

Knowing whether or not potted plants should be mulched will help you create healthier, more sustainable plant growth. At Just Mulch, we understand how important it is to properly care for your potted plants. That is why we offer a range of mulch and soil products that are ideal for all kinds of plants.

Why Mulch Potted Plants?

Similar to how mulch is important for outdoor plants, indoor potted plants can also benefit from a layer of mulch. Certain types of mulch, such as those made from materials like grass clippings, sawdust, and pine needles, will decompose and release nutrients into the soil, while also protecting the plant’s roots from sun and promoting water retention.

Adding a layer of mulch to any potted plant can be a simple and easy way to make plants look more aesthetically appealing and to help keep them healthy. Mulching can also be a great way to conserve soil moisture and to encourage new healthy growth in plants with wilting stems.

Types of Mulch for Potted Plants

Unlike mulch used for outside plants, mulches for indoor potted plants can be made from either natural or artificial substances. Potted plants can also benefit from using alternatives to mulch, such as marbles, pecan shells, and pebbles, as these alternatives tend to be heavier and will not blow away if the potted plant is placed by an open window; however, mulches made from natural materials like wood chips and leaves will break down and act as a form of plant food.

How to Water Mulched Potted Plants

Since mulched potted plants can be easier to overwater, it is important to consider moving the mulch aside to expose the soil while watering. Make sure to water potted plants thoroughly. The amount that each potted plant will need to be watered will depend on the size of both the plant and the pot; however, it is important to ensure that you do not let the pot dry out completely.

It is also important to ensure that potted plants have proper drainage. Make sure to use containers with holes in the bottom to prevent water from becoming trapped and causing waterlogged roots.

If you would like to learn more about whether or not potted plants should be mulch, or if you are interested in one of our mulch products, please contact the experts from Just Mulch today by calling 236-98-MULCH or by filling out a contact form on our website.