Planters - Knowledgebase Question

Glen Burnie, Ma
Question by mymistye
May 17, 2010
I have too many tree roots
to plant another rose plant.You,the expert had advised me to use a whiskey barrel to plant in.Now I don't know what kind of material of planter I should use.I have yet to find a wooden barrel,but there are fiber
glass,plastic,ceramic,and clay potts. Got any more advice:)

Answer from NGA
May 17, 2010


You can choose any material you'd like. The important thing is that it has adequate drainage holes in the bottom. A traditional wine or whiskey barrel is made of wooden slats and it has natural drainage because the slats are fitted together but there's still a tiny bit of space and water can drain out quickly. Fiberglass and plastic are lightweight but the only drainage is at the bottom so you'll want to be sure the drainage holes remain unobstructed. Plastic can crack in cold winter weather, as can terra cotta and ceramic pots, so my choice would be a wooden barrel or one made of fiberglass. It should be filled with a half and half mixture of garden soil and potting soil, mixed together well before filling the planter. Hope this informatin helps!

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