Containers forum: How to grow plants in Miniature Containers

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Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 24, 2013 3:39 PM CST
Thank you Lynn,

I would like to also tell all that these little shallow plantings are very realistic in the long term. Any very shallow container will work with some plants that I have been working with for over 30 years.

The secret is:

Super saturate real unprocessed Spaghnum. Ring it out with your hands to as dry as you can get it. Pack it in as tight as you can get it to a 1/4 inch depth. I grow some Bonsai trees in the same.

Add the plants and spread the roots over this compacted Spaghnum, and then continue to slowly and tightly add more of the same around and over the plants. I use the back and front side of forks and a dowel in this process.

Small Bromeliads, certain difficult succulents, (including the plethora of Haworthias I have never seen reproduce better, and thrive in this situation;...some of which I have grown in 1" deep containers this way through the years) and of course all Tillandsias work this way.

The Spanish Moss is a dressing only, and is a living Tillandsia also. Its not the growing medium. Fish Emulsion from fermented fish grinds in containers (costly) or fish water from your tanks or pond cleanings are the star fertilizers used sparingly. I will whisp the Miracle grow (liquid fertilizer of choice) over them rapidly on occasion too...

Go ahead and experiment with these techniques I've just shared. You may be surprised! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Sep 24, 2013 3:45 PM CST
David, thanks much for the Tips and Techniques! I'm all ears!
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 24, 2013 3:58 PM CST
Your welcome Bev.

Its also important to wash all existing soil off the roots before shifting over to this medium...
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 24, 2013 4:02 PM CST

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David I split this off from the original thread so we can feature the technique of how to grow plants in miniature containers. It you could go into your first post in the new thread and add a photo of one of your miniature containers, it would show up on the list of threads with the photos showing. Thumbs up
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 24, 2013 4:21 PM CST
Sure Lynn! Smiling
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 24, 2013 4:38 PM CST

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Thank you David. I transferred one of the photos to the first post in the thread. Now it shows in the list of threads. Thumbs up
Name: Bev
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webesemps
Sep 24, 2013 4:49 PM CST
David, Can I assume all your mini planters have holes on bottom?

Here's a mini container I got from Otter that I would like to plant into. Was thinking succulent of some sort of succulent(s) but interested in what you might suggest since you seem to have a wilder imagination than I would ever have in 4 lifetimes...


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Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
Cat Lover Hibiscus Seed Starter Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Miniature Gardening Keeper of Poultry Herbs Foliage Fan Farmer Dragonflies
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 24, 2013 5:13 PM CST
Absolutely Bev.

Drainholes are hugly important and I use large ones with screenover them. I am resending this pic. so you can see how large the one is even in this small poo-poo planter without having to backtrack...
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 24, 2013 6:07 PM CST

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Wow, that is a big hole.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Sep 25, 2013 2:25 AM CST
Great article David.
I have Zone envy now.
That small planter with the booklet is great.Your sense of whimsy shows well.
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Cinta
Sep 25, 2013 12:04 PM CST
David good info thank you.
Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Sep 26, 2013 10:45 AM CST
Thanks for sharing this information with us David. I have zone envy too. Smiling
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Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
Cat Lover Hibiscus Seed Starter Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Miniature Gardening Keeper of Poultry Herbs Foliage Fan Farmer Dragonflies
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 26, 2013 10:48 AM CST
I think this speaks a really good picture, of what this concept is about in a more fluid written order for those interested in trying it.

Happy gardening, and experiment with something new!

"So many clippings,.............I hate throwing them in the trash"..................Awe heck,.........Lets see what happens if I play around with a few to see what happens!"

Happy gardening!

David


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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Sep 26, 2013 10:53 AM CST
Thanks for the link! Hurray! Hurray! Off to check everything out. Big Grin
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