Containers forum: Problem with tipping pots

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Name: Jen
southeast FLA, hot and humid g (Zone 10b)
Jun 1, 2016 11:48 AM CST
I use clay azalea pots as well as the wooden slotted baskets mainly for orchids. I hang them in trees and on a trelis. I have some hung with the clip a pots. My question is, does anyone have a trick to keep the plant in the pot in case the pots tip due to wind or squirrels? I swear at least once a day I have an empty pot with the plant and the medium on the grass.

Thank you for any assistance.

Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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Jun 2, 2016 10:26 AM CST
Not sure whether these would do the job as your medium might be bark which is very loose, but if medium is a little more firm/tight then try Florist pins(small) or the bigger ones that landscapers use to hold down weed barrier sheets. Just make sure to push pins in at an angle to get better hold of the soil.
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Name: Lynn
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Jun 2, 2016 10:42 AM CST


Hi Jen.
Can you show us a photo or two on what they look like? I was wondering if the black plastic bird netting would work to confine the plant and medium.
Name: Jen
southeast FLA, hot and humid g (Zone 10b)
Jun 3, 2016 8:56 AM CST
Someone told me to use these clips that hold catts in place. I may try that. The squirrels tip them over because sometimes they sit on them or use them to jump around.
Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
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Jun 3, 2016 6:35 PM CST
Ahh, those pesky squirrels. It drives me nuts when they knock the pots over or they dig in them Glare If you have regular potting soil in those clay pots, you can try putting some gravel or small stones on top. That has completely stopped them at my house.

On another thread, someone suggested putting plastic forks upside down in the dirt to discourage the squirrels, so the tines are facing up. You might be able to do that in an orchid basket. Stick the forks in between the orchid roots, so that they're sticking out to make it uncomfortable for the squirrel to hang out in your basket.

Back to the clay pots, there are these Pot Klips that might work too. I have some, but haven't used them yet so I can't tell you for sure. They weren't terribly expensive though, and it might be worth a try. Amazon carries them, search for 'Flower Pot Klips', with a "k".

Hope that helps!

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