Plants need the right sized pots like we need the right sized shoes!
However, head to the garden center store and chances are new gardeners, especially your kids, will have no idea what size pot to buy for a new plant. After trying to figure out how to explain it my kids, I decided it’s a lot like buying a new pair of shoes – so I helped them pick out a pot that was just a bit larger than the plant already so the roots would have “room to grow!” – just like we do when we buy a new pair of shoes!
If the pot is too big, just like if you buy shoes that are way too big, the plant could slide around too much. Just like your feet flopping out of shoes that are way too big for you.
If the pot is too small, the roots will stick out of the bottom and they won’t be happy. Just like if you bought a shoe that was way too small for your growing feet.
So when you go pot shopping pretend the roots are like your toes and try to find just the right size!
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