The Q&A Archives: Cedar Stump Planter

Question: I have a cedar stump that we are unable to remove. I have hallowed a box in the middle of it and would like to make a planter box out of it. We were recently given an Azelea plant as a living memorial for my grandma and I want to plant it in the cedar stump. Is this possible? If not the Azelea, what would work? Is there any special preparation I need to do to the stump to ensure the life of the flower planted there? This stump is right next to our front walk and I would really like something attractive and decorative for it. Thank you for your help.

Answer: I, too, have a few cedar stumps on my property and I've successfully grown annuals in them. The stumps have been excavated enough to hold plastic pots, which are filled with potting soil. I believe you could do the same with your azalea - plant it in a pot and sink the pot into the stump. I'd be concerned about planting directly in the stump; adequate drainage can be an issue and there's a possibility that the natural oils in freshly cut cedar might harm the roots of your plant. To absolutely ensure the success of your azalea you might want to go the pot within the stump method.

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