Feature plants in terracotta pots are a brilliant focal point in anyone's garden, but there are a couple of important things to consider when potting up your plants if you are to achieve the best results.

Terracotta is a porous, clay material and consequently moisture evaporates out through the sides of the pot and the potting mix dries out quicker than would be the case in a plastic pot of the equivalent size. To ensure that your terracotta pots do not dry out rapidly, use a specialized potting mix like Searles® Pots & Tubs Mix. The carefully blended ingredients in this superb mix help retain moisture for a long period, and provide the roots of your plants with a stable growing medium. Unlike some standard potting mixes which shrink away from the sides of the pot, become hard and compacted, and get increasingly water-repellent as they age, Searles® Pots & Tubs Mix has been formulated to maintain its structure and always performs at its best.

Whether you are potting up a new plant or transplanting an old plant into a new pot, select a pot size which will allow good root development for at least a couple of growing seasons. It's also a good idea to check for any pests and diseases and treat any problems before repotting, to avoid contaminating your fresh mix.

How often you will need to water depends on the outside temperature, the wind and the size of your pots, but average-sized pots should only need to be watered once or twice a week in normal weather conditions, saving you time and money, and avoiding unnecessary moisture-stress for your plants.

Another important factor to consider is that plants in terracotta pots need to have a consistent feeding regime and respond well to controlled release fertilisers. The best one to use is Robust® which not only gives plants an instant boost but continues to provide them with all the minerals and trace elements that they will need for the next six months. Just sprinkle it on, water it in and watch as your plants burst into fresh new life in a matter of weeks. What could be simpler? Searles are so confident with the quality of Robust® that we are offering our customers a money back guarantee if, for any reason, you are not fully satisfied with this fantastic new product.
So, remember, for brilliant results with your terracotta potted plants:

• Use Searles® Pots & Tubs Mix for maximum moisture retention in your terracotta pots
• Select a pot size that will allow the plant's roots to expand
• Check for pests and diseases before repotting your plants
• Keep potting mix moist by watering more frequently in hot and windy weather
• Apply Robust® Controlled Release Fertiliser for an instant boost and continual slow-release feeding for up to six months.

Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle family.

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