How many plants for a 30cm pot

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    Hi,

    How many plants would you suggest planting in a 30cm pot. A mixture of fuchsia, geranium, Busy Lizzie, Petunia, Verbena? I don't mean all of them at once though lol.
     
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      Hi clum, welcome to Gardeners Corner:love30::thumbsup: Well, 30 centimeters is around 12 inches so it's a reasonable sized pot but the number of plants you can put into a pot that size is always dependent on the size of the plants going into it.:dunno: But let's say your plants are in 9cm pots that you should get at least 5 or 6 in there, but you have to bear in mind how big those plants will grow during the year. The best person to tell you how many plants to put in is.........yourself. Plant as many plants that please your eye and instincts and you shouldn't go far wrong.......don't forget to water and feed them as necessary.:cat-kittyandsmiley::coffee:
       
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        Hi @ARMANDII Thanks for the welcome, but I've been on here for a few years;) Sometimes I put less or far more and I'm never sure if I'm doing it right, so thanks for the guidance as this will help me.
         
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          Hi, clum, well, it's always nice to be made welcome more than once:heehee:

          It's all a question of using your "eye", clum. I just potted up two shallow clay containers, one about 15 inches in diameter
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          and another around the 24 inch in diameter
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          So both were filled with Alpine plants of different sizes and varieties with an eye on their growing capacity for the coming year and beyond. But it's all about personal taste and ideas that you have for the pot. As an aside for ideas, I didn't like the pots being at such a low level where they don't catch the eye or gain your interest as they should. So I went to a Reclamation Site near me to look for suitable pedestals and they had two that were about 18 inches high but nothing really to look at..........and for those he wanted £300 for the pair.:wallbanging: So, I politely thanked them and said "No, thank you" and drove 400 yards to the nearby Plant Nursery and picked up a large Rhubarb Forcing pot about 24 inches high (£49) and a large clay pot about 30 inches high (£49) and took them back home, placed them on the Patio after turning the large pot upside down and put the Alpine pots on top of them and they look great......plus I saved two hundred pounds:heehee:
           
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            @ARMANDII, The reclamation site won't last long if they ask stupid prices like that lol.

            When planting I like or try to plant in odd numbers, 1, 3, 5, ect, if possible, as I find it eye catching for some reason.
             
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              Hello almost- neighbour! For summer bedding you can cram in even 5 plants if you are willing to water often. That could be a tad wasteful though as 3 plants will fill the container up quickly. A Geranium or Fuchsia central plant and 3-4 petunias trailing around it?
               
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                Hi @Selleri Yeah quite lol. Aye that was what I was thinking as plants bush out quite a lot.
                 
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