Container Solutions for Hot Climates: bubble wrap and plants

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Container Solutions for Hot Climates

By Aguane
August 20, 2011

If you live in a region such as Phoenix, where the summers are very hot and potted plants struggle, try lining the interior of your ceramic pots with large sized bubble wrap. Then put the soil and plant into the pot. This helps cool the roots.

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Name: Pegi Putnam
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Samigal
Aug 19, 2011 6:04 PM CST
Pretty good idea, thanks for posting it. I'm using some styrofoam containers, they should help keep the plants cool too. Very hot summers here in California too.
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Onewish1
Aug 19, 2011 6:23 PM CST
great idea!!
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Maridell
Aug 19, 2011 6:23 PM CST
"Cool" idea, I would have never thought of it!
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 19, 2011 6:46 PM CST
Very interesting! I might have use for that one day. Great tip!
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Bubbles
Aug 19, 2011 7:04 PM CST
What a great idea! I might try that when I re-pot some things.
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frostweed
Aug 19, 2011 7:21 PM CST
I suppose you leave an open space in the bottom of the bubble wrap for drainage? :thumbsup:
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valleylynn
Aug 19, 2011 8:05 PM CST
Great idea for those really hot regions. Thumbs up
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Sheila_FW
Aug 19, 2011 8:09 PM CST
I have never heard of that...great tip to try. Thanks Thumbs up
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Aguane
Aug 19, 2011 11:04 PM CST
Thanks, Mcash70! for providing a pic..... It's so hot here I just haven't been outside to set up a shot for the "tip"...
It does work. I've also lined my larger ceramic pots with sheets of stryofoam and create distance and insulation from the heat.

Year round container gardening is a real challenge in Phoenix AZ.
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Boopaints
Aug 19, 2011 11:43 PM CST
But our late fall through spring is fantabulous! Hurray!

Susie, this is a great idea...I have never heard of this either and I'm your friend! Hilarious!
Will start this practice the next potting time.
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Boopaints
Aug 19, 2011 11:44 PM CST
But our late fall through spring is fantabulous! Hurray!

Susie, this is a great idea...I have never heard of this either and I'm your neighbor almost! Hilarious!
Will start this practice the next potting time.
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vic
Aug 20, 2011 8:15 AM CST
I had NO idea. I keep most of my potted "stuff" in filtered sun. Although not in Phoenix, we certainly have wicked hot summers.

Thank you so much for this wonderful idea!

Oh, and my plants thank you too Hurray! Thumbs up
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dahlianut
Aug 20, 2011 9:02 AM CST
I have never heard of this either. How fabby! Would it work in the ground too do you think?
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canadanna
Aug 20, 2011 11:00 AM CST
Good tip! I think I will use that next time I make a hanging basket. Those coco liners never seem to last. Maybe there will be a tip about that one day. Love this feature.
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mcash70
Aug 20, 2011 11:34 AM CST
You are welcome Susie, I had fun doing it. Smiling
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Runs_With_Scissors
Aug 20, 2011 1:14 PM CST
That would never work for me Blinking I'd be too busy popping all those bubbles Whistling Hilarious!
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mcash70
Aug 20, 2011 1:22 PM CST
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Aug 20, 2011 2:27 PM CST
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Aguane
Aug 20, 2011 2:53 PM CST
Oooops. I should have added that obsessive, compulsive, addictive personalities should not attempt this technique. Big Grin Whistling Lovey dubby
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mcash70
Aug 20, 2011 3:08 PM CST
Hilarious!

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