Lilies forum: Sand as mulch?

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Name: Brian
Mendocino county, California (Zone 8b)
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Chickensonmars
May 7, 2012 2:06 PM CST
I have a few hundred one gallon pots as below

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Temps get a bit out of hand here mid-late summer so I am considering ways to keep the bulbs cool and bulking-up.
Any opines, or ideas?
I have lots of free clean gravel/sand.
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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
May 7, 2012 9:27 PM CST
My first reaction is plant in the ground, not in pots. But a sand plunge will help considerably, IMO. The less exposed Black color to absorb heat, the better, too. You could even run a weep hose between the pots (so bulbs aren't overwatered) for cooling the sand plunge by evaporation.
Name: Brian
Mendocino county, California (Zone 8b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Pollen collector Region: California Farmer Vegetable Grower Lilies
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Chickensonmars
May 8, 2012 1:16 PM CST
Agreed. But portability was first requiremment on this lot.
I have the market on gophers cornered, I must be their king, live and let live.
All lillies in the ground are pott'd or in wire baskets.
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Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Roosterlorn
May 9, 2012 6:34 PM CST
Nice setup Brain. I like your idea of sand gravel mulch; easy to manage with your intentions in mind. Sand, if coarse enough, would make for very uniform watering as well. Another nice feature it that its pretty much an inert media. Sand can be a very good insulator when thought of as a poor conductor of heat. But it also retains heat (like passive solar) so you have to watch for a cumulative temperature build up over a period of time. I'd try it. I'm really interested in what the temperature differentials would be, air vs. pot using your set up and idea.

As a side note, We have a certain type of striped gopher( the tan and brown striped about twice the size of a chipmonk-- not the pocket gopher type that leave a mound of dirt above ground) and in the last 20 years or so I have had a gopher problem maybe five or six times-- so there are skips of two or three years experienced. The interesting thing is when I get one, It digs a hole in the exact same spot as the previous gopher--even where there's a skip of years. I am puzzled by this. It's so predictable that five years ago I put an (iron rod) trap anchor there permantly.
Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
May 9, 2012 7:55 PM CST
Rooster, they aren't very bright critters, are they.... :)
Name: Lorn (Roosterlorn)
S.E Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Roosterlorn
May 9, 2012 8:04 PM CST
Either darn smart or darn stupid. Anyway, they surely don't know what terminal fate awaits them; they better enjoy their short stay!!
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
May 15, 2012 7:45 AM CST

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Go get 'em Lorn!
Tracey

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