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A Mobile Way To Grow Vines

By Xeramtheum
June 23, 2014

Years ago, before my discovery of masonry ladders, I used to grow epic numbers of morning glories and other vines every year in containers. I wanted something that was mobile, had something to climb, and was easy to swap plants in and out of. I came up with "Pots in Pots."

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Jun 22, 2014 9:04 PM CST
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Jun 23, 2014 12:06 AM CST
Pots in Pots is a good idea.
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Xeramtheum
Jun 23, 2014 5:26 AM CST
Thanks!
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pod
Jun 23, 2014 6:26 AM CST
I agree, that is a very unique method.

I will have to search for more flexible cattle panels than I have here.
I suspect they make some out of lighter metal.

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Xeramtheum
Jun 23, 2014 6:59 AM CST
I'm not really sure that's called cattle paneling .. I found it at Lowes in a roll. I used tin snips until the arthritis in my hands made me stop .. it requires a lot of hand strength to use them .. I then switched over to a hack saw.
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beckygardener
Jun 23, 2014 8:18 PM CST
Could you use tomato cages instead? I use tomato cages for my Epis, "Lady of the Night", which get huge. I take the bottom prongs and work them through the side holes on the plastic nursery pots. Then bend the prongs upward right up against the pot. It holds the cage in place. I could then plant the whole pot (with cage) inside a bigger pot. This way you don't have to worry about cutting any wire.
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Xeramtheum
Jun 23, 2014 8:44 PM CST
I suppose you could, but aren't they cone shaped?
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beckygardener
Jun 23, 2014 9:20 PM CST
Anne - Yes, they are cone shaped. But that hasn't been a problem for me when the plants cover it. It might actually help the plants because there is more room inside the cone so there is more airflow. Less fungus issues perhaps? I don't know. I just know that tomato cages work well for me and I don't have to deal with trying to cut wire. Just a suggestion for those who find cutting wire to be difficult. The one downside to the tomato cages is the height. Probably not as tall as your wire fencing panel.
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Xeramtheum
Jun 23, 2014 9:28 PM CST
I don't think it would work very well because you'd have difficulty swapping out center pots ... actually I don't see how you could make a very good template because of the cone. The hacksaw is easy to use - just takes a few minutes longer than the tin snips ... when I can't use the hacksaw anymore then I'll switch to a Dremel with a cutting blade.
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beckygardener
Jun 23, 2014 9:53 PM CST
If this was used for perennial vines, then swapping out center pots would work for plants that bloom better when root bound or do not need to be potted up into a larger pot, like Epis, because you would not have to remove them from their nursery pot. You just take the pot out of the bigger pot with the wire still attached to it and put it in a greenhouse or wherever you plan to overwinter the plant. But for annuals, probably not a good idea. Unless of course you were planting seeds instead of plants. The wires of the tomato cages are wide enough apart that you could probably get your hand inside to plant seeds or perhaps even a small starter plant. I just know it worked well for Epi plants and I didn't have to use wire cutters. I did however have to use a pair of needle nose pliers to bend the prongs up against the nursery pot. They are about 3 1/2 ft tall.

Here are a couple photos of what I use, though mine are not pots inside of pots because they are Epis. But they could very easily be placed inside a larger pot like what you are doing.

Close-up of prongs coming through the nursery pot holes and bent upward.
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Photo showing several Epi plants growing on the tomato cages:
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Xeramtheum
Jun 23, 2014 10:20 PM CST
That's a good idea for something permanent .. but not practical for annual vines or the way I use them.
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Very clever Xer!!

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