Isn’t that pretty?
It’s a lie.
A. That is a pansy in that summer mix. It’s going to die when the temperatures hit 80+.
B. That is a steel container. It’s going to bake the flowers.
C. That crowd has different watering requirements. So.
Yeah. It’s pretty when it’s planted. And it’s going to look terrible inside a month.
The nurseries are filled with this kind of mess. Buying a mixed pot at a nursery is an exercise in futility except in very careful cases.
They generally put in soil that will need constant support with fertilizing in order to maintain an overcrowded planter. That crowd ate all the nutrients in a couple of weeks probably.
They often mix things that look pretty to sell but really can’t maintain life in similar conditions.
They always overcrowd them because they need them to look pretty enough to buy and no one wants to buy a planter that you can still see the soil in.
They often put in a plant that will dominate the others to the point that it will overpower them and the others will meekly retire to a thread of their original glory.
Mixed pots look good when they are bought, sometimes look good for a month. But they rarely look good at the end of the summer unless you know a good deal, and plant carefully and thoughtfully.
DON’T FALL FOR IT.
It’s pretty. I know. But listen to my wisdom. Do NOT fall for it. Be strong.