Bringing in living things to increase your mobile home’s curb appeal is always a welcome sight. But if you want to really leverage the look that potted plants can bring to your porch, it’s time to plan it out.
For best results, there are design rules and maintenance tips that set you up for success. Green thumb or no green thumb, there are plants out there suitable for all types of homeowners.
Not only can you bring uniqueness through your choice of plants but also through your choice of pots. There are various patterns, widths, and heights to cater to your design needs.
How to make potted plants look beautiful on your mobile home porch
If you’re intimidated by the idea of taking on such a project, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to give you a basic run through on how to leverage potted plants for a beautiful mobile home porch.
As you’ll soon see, this project can be as simple or as detailed as you want. It’s up to you.
Don’t overcomplicate it
If you’re not the sort of person who’s prone to being detailed and attentive, you may do better with low maintenance plants. Don’t make things unnecessarily hard for yourself by taking on plants that are high maintenance and super delicate.
For those on a tight budget, everything doesn’t need to be bought overnight. After following the next step, prioritize what you can buy first. You can time your design in such a way that you build on one part at a time.
Look at the big picture and then see how you can break it down for a piece by piece build that looks good regardless of what stage you’re in.
Plan for green success
Now let’s talk about the planning phase. Sketch out your mobile home porch and consider these design tips for potted plants. You’ll find that placing plants in the appropriately sized pot matters. And you’ll learn that your potted plants can be used to frame out areas. Lastly, diversity is a beautiful thing in how you arrange your plants.
Once you’ve firmed up a design direction, give yourself a coffee break. It’s time to think about plant choices. What plants should you use? Well, first of all, consider which plants are low maintenance if you don’t see yourself as having a green thumb. Low maintenance plants are going to ensure your success.
Perennial vs annual
Before you get started, think about whether you want perennial or annual plants. Perennial plants come back year after year. Annual plans need to be replaced each year after they die.
Both can be beautiful. It’s just a matter of what you want.
Buying plants with care
So with your plan in hand, it’s time to hit the local garden centers and hunt for your plants and pots. While you’re there, buy the appropriate planting mix, fertilizer and gardening tools as needed.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re confused. And make sure you read the tags that are with each plant. You don’t want to mistakenly buy the wrong plant. The tag will also explain what’s needed for the care of that plant. Look for healthy plants free of disease and yellowing.
How to plant the plants
Now for the next phase. You have your plants, it’s time to plant them. Grab your beautiful pot and the plant or plant(s) you wish to arrange. If you’re planting more than one plant in a pot, start at the center and then work your way out as you plant your arrangement.
Make sure the soil level in the container is at the same place it was for your plant when it was in the container.
Thoroughly water your plants.
Caring for your plants
Let’s discuss plant care. After that initial watering, you may or may not have to water every other day or even week. It depends on the plant variety and how hot it gets where you live.
It’ll look different for each plant. If you want to go the extra mile in plant care, consider creating your own compost bin. Give your plants the nutrition they deserve.
Get the kids involved
You don’t have to bear the plant care on your shoulders alone — or even the setup. Make it a fun activity for the family and use it as a teaching point for your kids. They’ll love getting their hands in the dirt and learning something new.
How to succeed
Now that you’ve made your mobile home porch beautiful with potted plants, there’s a pressing question to consider. How do you succeed at keeping your plants well-cared for?
Our biggest tip? Keep a calendar and keep track of when you’ve watered or fertilized them. This will help you troubleshoot any problems that may arise.
Make it easy for your plants to be cared for. Keep a water hose neatly rolled up near your porch. Set yourself up for success.
Dream a little dream of green
Bringing some green to the porch can make for a lovely and therapeutic aesthetic. But embracing the green doesn’t have to be for your mobile home alone.
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