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Name: Sylvia Butler
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citysylvia
Apr 11, 2013 5:19 PM CST
I bought this pot many moon ago when I was feeling creative. I tried growing mini Hostas and Succulents in it.

When I water the plants they come out or the succulents fell out.

Please someone make a suggestion. What can I grow in this pot? Crying





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CarolineScott
Apr 11, 2013 6:43 PM CST
What if the pot were lined with some sort of netting?
Name: Bev
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webesemps
Apr 11, 2013 11:55 PM CST
Looks to me that if you can plant something that the roots are still easily embedded deeper into the soil, then it can hang out the large holes. Maybe some vines.
Succulents usually have shallow roots and so they will easily fall out if root ball is not large enough to be held within the pot walls. When I have stuff planted into strawberry pockets and the plants don't have well developed roots anchor just yet, I use the spray bottle to gently but thoroughly water each pocket. Water may start to run out along with the dirt, but that means you should wait for water to settle into the dirt before continuing to spray water again. Watering in the conventional way thru the top will only cause the water to flow out of the large holes and dislodge any plants not firmly rooted. Large Florist pins (and when they are large, they may be more like landscaping pins) can be used to help hold any plant stem or branch that needs help in anchoring their roots.
Another way to hold soil in is to insert rocks or Styrofoam in netted bags (the ones that onions or potatoes or big ham come in) that can be used to wedge some of the dirt away from the pockets so that you would be dealing only with the plant and its soil when watering. When the plants become established you may be able to switch to watering from the top.
Hope this gives you some ideas...
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valleylynn
Apr 12, 2013 8:45 AM CST

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Those are some truly large holes.
Buy plants with large root balls to start.I like Bev's idea of the netting with rocks to keep the soil from falling out.
http://www.marthastewart.com/268527/planting-a-strawberry-po...
Name: Sylvia Butler
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citysylvia
Apr 12, 2013 1:11 PM CST
You Guys are awesome!!! I love the succulent idea. I have been trying to grow succulents successfully for years. You would think my being in Texas I would have more success, NOT! They dry out on me. I am going to make this my summer project. Michigan Bulb has a beautiful assortment of succulents, all the different colors. I am hoping HD and Lowe's might have them cheaper..
Whats so bad about my pot is that there in no lips around the holes, hopefully I can find some mesh bags or go to the dollar store and buy hair nets. Sticking tongue out

Thank Guys I will keep you posted
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Apr 12, 2013 2:03 PM CST
That's what we want for all that are in need: encouragement and ideas enough to inspire people to spring into action!...or at least go to the dollar store..
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valleylynn
Apr 12, 2013 3:34 PM CST

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the black bird netting would also work, with stones to hold the dirt back. But I agree with Bev, that he mesh fruit bags from the store would be awesome. Eat the fruit and use the bag in your strawberry pot.
Name: Bev
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webesemps
Apr 12, 2013 4:46 PM CST
Yeah, Sylvia, the ham takes longer to eat just to get the netting from that; stick with the fruit... Hilarious!
Name: Jim Cook
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jimsned2
Apr 12, 2013 5:12 PM CST
Gee, I guess it's all in how you look at the pot. I have a very tall pipe set in cement, it has holes all up and down it. I fill up the pipe to the bottom hole, stick flowers or whatever in there, go to the next level with soil shove another plant in and so on and so forth. I water from the top only with just a slow trickle till I see moisture at the bottom hole. It does work. I'm thinking of sticking adenium in all the holes just to see if they take. That would be a plus since desert rose take very little water.
what ever you decide good luck.

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Samigal
Apr 12, 2013 6:39 PM CST
I've been saving some of those mess bags and they would be great for this project. I've never seen a pot like that, more ideas croping up all the time. My imagination isn't very good so I have to depend on all these good folks to help me out.
Name: Sylvia Butler
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citysylvia
Apr 13, 2013 2:10 PM CST
I hear you Pegi, just a little help from my friends.
Yeah I will stick with the fruit, I eat enough pork, its cheap this time of year. lol
btw I forgot I buy a 10 lb bag of oranges every month, I suppose I could use it., now that I remember I bought decorative rocks in those mesh bags years ago in the Dollar store, every once in a while I come across a bag or two.
BTW exactly what kind of soil do you use to plant Succulents and Agave? this could be my problem..
I did well with my Desert Rose until last year, left it outside and it froze on one side. So I turned the rot over , one side is still green.

Can you tell the old from the new? lol


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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Apr 14, 2013 12:43 AM CST
Sylvia, Nope, can't tell old from new.
I go the lazy route for my succulent and semp soil. I buy cactus mix from the stores and don't amend it much. If anything I like to add large grain sand to it if I can find it. Sometimes this is referred to as architectural sand as opposed to contractor sand or playground sand which tends to be very fine. I do try to look at the mix before I buy. Some stores have/enable one to look at sample mix so that you can decide to buy or not. I don't buy the cactus mix that looks either too "potting soil" looking (appears to have no sand or rock or grit) nor do I like to see a lot of perlite in the soil mix.
Here's a photo of mix of use by EB Stone that I buy at the nursery. Photo shows the grittier make up of the mix as compared to regular potting soil. I also don't buy soil that has plant food already in it. I like to regulate my feeding times during the growing seasons.
I think different people with different zones and growing conditions will differ in what they like to use and what works for them. You should try and get info from someone growing succulents in your area/zone.
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Name: Sylvia Butler
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citysylvia
Apr 14, 2013 10:56 AM CST
That is a good looking potting mix for succulents. I have bought Semps that has potting mix in it that look like yours Bev.
Now that I think of it, no one has semps and succulents for trade at the roundups. Maybe they are not that popular, but they do sell them here. I do know one person and I asked him what does he do, he said nothing and they keep multiplying, these were the little rosettes.
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Apr 14, 2013 11:10 AM CST
Well, Sylvia, there's trading people here on the forums of Cactus & Tender and of Semps. I have seen photos of cuttings for trade or postage over on the Cactus & Tender forum already...
http://garden.org/thread/view_post/383507/
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Apr 14, 2013 10:31 PM CST
Hi Sylvia I'm joining late on this thread, but just wanted to show you that I've planted aloe in my strawberry pot, and if I don't wanter very heavily, the soil stays in place Thumbs up Underneath all this foliage is a large strawberry pot! Lovey dubby
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Cheers
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Apr 14, 2013 10:54 PM CST
quite a specimen, or two or...19...
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Apr 14, 2013 11:07 PM CST
haha! yep, I've been in the process of pulling them out and replanting else where so I can use the pot for sempervivums and a sedum on top! Thumbs up
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Apr 14, 2013 11:08 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Semps & Sedums
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Apr 15, 2013 8:17 AM CST

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Wow, that is awesome Greg.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Apr 15, 2013 11:02 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
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