Bungee Cords for Non-Jumping Containers: I like your thinking cap!

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Bungee Cords for Non-Jumping Containers

By critterologist
November 7, 2015

After a pretty container of "Million Bells" blew off its perch and perished, I put my thinking cap on.

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flaflwrgrl
Nov 6, 2015 6:24 PM CST
What a great solution Jill. Way to go! Smiling
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Name: Jane
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PAgirl63
Nov 6, 2015 8:41 PM CST
What a terrific idea! Big Grin
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beckygardener
Nov 7, 2015 1:38 AM CST
I agree
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Weedwhacker
Nov 7, 2015 7:43 AM CST
Bungee cords -- they're right up there with duct tape for usefulness! Thumbs up
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critterologist
Nov 7, 2015 9:51 AM CST
LOL... and bungee cords do look less awkward around pots than duct tape. But I'm a big fan of both!

I bungee'd a couple of plastic containers to the base of my front porch columns this summer, too... no more chasing them down after a storm.
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Name: Donna King
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donnabking
Nov 7, 2015 2:51 PM CST
Great idea! I've used them for garbage can lids that want to become gypsys too!
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MaryE
Nov 7, 2015 3:46 PM CST
Great idea! Thumbs up
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rocklady
Nov 8, 2015 12:22 PM CST
I have used bungees to steady a trellis in a pot of epis which was getting out of control.
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critterologist
Nov 8, 2015 5:35 PM CST
LOL @ "gypsy" trash can lids

Those epis! They do get crazy.
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Gymgirl
Nov 9, 2015 8:34 AM CST
INGENIOUS!

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Name: Rob Laffin
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RobLaffin
Nov 9, 2015 1:35 PM CST
Glad to see I'm not the only one, but yours is prettier! I've been bungeing plastic window boxes/pots to hold them on the rail of a second floor deck, and they work really well.
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rocklady
Nov 10, 2015 8:25 AM CST
Welcome! Rob. You will love it here.
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LariAnn
Nov 10, 2015 10:21 AM CST
Jill, for years I've had to use bungees to keep really large plants and pots from going over and off benches. When you have huge Alocasias in 20 gallon pots, they are not something you want to have to stand up after a storm. I had to use industrial strength heavy rubber or polyurethane bungee cords in quantity to do the trick, but they worked. That is, until the plant got too large and I had to move it up to an even larger pot!

Note - if you find occasion to need heavy bungee cords for outdoor use and don't want to wake up one morning to find your cheap bungee snapped and left your pot full of plants to crash to the ground, look into "perfect bungees". They are made from polyurethane, not rubber, and do not deteriorate like the rubber ones do. I've had black rubber bungees that appeared to be in perfect shape, yet they suddenly snap in two without warning and the plant goes flying! Perfect bungees won't do that to you - besides, they come in really exciting colors, not just black! I like the hot pink, purple, fluorescent orange and red, but the other colors are great, too. Google "perfect bungee" at amazon.com to see them.
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critterologist
Nov 12, 2015 8:09 AM CST
Planter boxes definitely need something to hold them to railings! Mine are wood, and I put L-shaped "hooks" (the kind that screw in) on the bottom... I can turn them inward to anchor the planter to the railing or outward to remove the planter for the winter.

LariAnn, I appreciate the tip re. "perfect bungees" -- thanks!
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Weedwhacker
Nov 12, 2015 9:29 AM CST
critterologist said:
LariAnn, I appreciate the tip re. "perfect bungees" -- thanks!


Ditto! I've never used bungees for my plants, but we use them for holding things down in our utility trailer, and have also had the "perfect-looking" black rubber ones snap unexpectedly.

And whatever anyone is doing with bungee cords -- please be careful! A friend had one snap while he was pulling on it, and the end flew back and hit him in the eye, causing significant damage. Blinking

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