Can you grow plants in aluminum containers

Flower pots with aluminum cans

Making a seedbed correctly is a sensitive and complex task, although it may seem otherwise. For this reason and to ensure that we do things correctly, here are the seven most frequent mistakes in this matter:

This is usually one of the most frequent mistakes, since in many occasions we do not pay attention to the conservation measures of the seeds. It must be taken into account that each of them requires a cool, dry and dark environment.

Another of the most frequent mistakes is to overwater the seeds introduced and planted in the seedbed. The ideal is to water them between two and three times a week when dryness is observed in the substrate.

One of the most effective solutions is to water the seedlings from the base. That is, place them in a tray and fill it with water, so that the plant itself decides how much water it needs.

It is necessary to choose a correct and quality substrate, which contains all the vitamins and substances necessary for the good development and growth of the plant. For this, it is not recommended to buy bags of substrate in bazaars or in stores not specialized in the cultivation of plants.

Painted tin pots

It’s easy to fall in love with flower pots. They give you the pleasures of gardening without breaking your back. You don’t have to have a garden to indulge in them; you don’t even need to be a gardener to get a great looking pot. And they’re great for starting a mini-garden in your kitchen. Their masterstroke: loyalty.

Save some aluminum cans, and clean them. If they have a paper label, you can remove it or leave it on to wear out over time, and get a little bit of a suntan. Use a hammer and nail to drill a few holes in the base to allow water to drain out. Fill your can with potting soil. Your pot will rust over time, but that’s part of its charm. If you prefer, you can line it with fabric. [Learn other uses for your old aluminum cans].

A metal colander can be transformed into a planter. You need to cover the base and the bottom holes on the sides with a coffee filter or jute cloth or other fabric that allows excess water to drain out. Ready!

Wrap the rope of your choice around the previous pot or another one you already have with the help of glue or silicone. You can also use a glass container. But remember: if it does not have holes, you will have to choose succulents or cacti, that is to say, species that you can water little so that the pot does not get waterlogged.

Vintage tin pots

We advise you to use if possible a soil specially developed for the cultivation of marijuana, which will offer very superior results compared to a classic gardening soil substrate.

Indeed, a soil specially developed for the cultivation of cannabis will be a way to optimize the culture, as much at the level of structure (drainage, aeration…), PH, or of the nutrients (fertilizer) that it contains. For example, the Canna BioTerra will offer excellent results.

These fertilizers are slow-release, i.e. they degrade in the soil progressively over several weeks. The risk of over-fertilization is therefore low, as opposed to liquid fertilizers which are assimilated much faster.

One of the most important advantages of growing marijuana in soil, is to use the active beneficial microbial life of the soil (bacteria and fungi) in natural symbiosis, performing two important actions:

The microbial life of the soil goes unnoticed by most marijuana growers, while it will directly influence the cultivation of the plant, and consequently increase the quality and quantity of the harvest.

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By Verónica García. Bromatologist (School of Bromatology, National University of Entre Ríos), also trained in Veterinary Sciences (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences Seminar Bases of Biotechnology of Reproduction in Domestic Animals and Advances in Wild Species (FVet – UBA), Workshop on quality control and hygiene along the agrifood chain (FVet – UBA), Canning (National Institute of Agricultural Technology – INTA, Argentina), Diploma in Canning Technology (UTN), Canning, Jam and Dairy Products Production (UNC), among other specialties. (See distance learning course on Canning Processing here >) (See distance learning course on Functional Foods here >)

When we open a canned food, its contents must be transferred to a food grade container. It is not even suitable for preserving the same food it contained once it has been opened. See more details in the following note.