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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Nov 23, 2012 8:07 AM CST
I have two beautiful tall pots in my Florida lanai, which is also home to my two cats. One of the pots has a big Agave desmettiana in it and the cats have learned that this is a plant best left alone. The other has had a succession of plants in it that have not deterred the cats from getting in and on it. I need a full plant that covers the entire pot and that also will discourage the cats from either digging around the plant or getting on top of it to play with the basket that is hanging above it. The pot has an inside diameter of appr. 12 inches. I'd love to get some suggestions!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 23, 2012 10:23 AM CST

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Can you show us a photo Hetty? Maybe even a photo of the area the pot is in. That might give us some ideas on what would look good.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Nov 23, 2012 11:11 AM CST
Here is the pot in the corner of my lanaiThumb of 2012-11-23/Dutchlady1/3d6e16
Name: Carol
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CAKnapp
Nov 23, 2012 11:14 AM CST
Try bamboo sticks poking up in the planter - I had to do that to the catnip I have outside. The neighbor cats would jump in the pot and roll around before I stuck the sticks around in it. Now they only take bites out of the pieces hanging over the side of the pot! Or you could place chicken wire over the top of it. Then place whichever plant(s) you choose through the holes in the wire.

I hope you find a solution!!
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Nov 23, 2012 11:56 AM CST
I tried the bamboo sticks before. They are completely impervious to them!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 23, 2012 12:23 PM CST

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I'm not sure which pot your talking about Hetty. Looks like they all have gorgeous, large plants filling the pots up?

I would use Carol's idea and put more bamboo sticks (closer together) and maybe a little taller than you previously did. If you fill the area with even very short bamboo sticks (so they really don't show much), then the cats can't even step into the pot.

I went back and read your first post, I now understand it is the second pot (not shown in the photo) that you need plant suggestions for.
Hmmm, something large enough to cover the 12" surface. That would do well in your lovely lanai growing conditions. Thumbs up

This will take some research for me, I have totally different growing conditions from yours. On my way to search for something wonderful and unusual. Hurray!
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Nov 23, 2012 12:27 PM CST
Thank you Lynn! The pot is a twin to the one shown and lives in the opposite corner.
If I could afford one I would plant a huge barrel cactus in it! I have one in my front succulent area but it is doing so well there that I would hate to upset it.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 23, 2012 1:47 PM CST

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Some suggestions.

Mammillaria huitzilopochtli


Echinocereus triglochidiatus Claretcup Cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus)
I fell in love with these when we were in NM this last spring. They were so beautiful in all the gardens and in their natural habitat, out in the desert.

Eriosyce chilensis var. albidiflora


Mammillaria zeilmanniana http://www.cactus-art.biz/schede/MAMMILLARIA/Mammillaria_zei...


Sulcorebutia glomeriseta
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I don't think the cats would want to lay on top of, or snuggle up against any of these. Whistling
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Nov 23, 2012 2:14 PM CST
Yes, a cactus has come to mind, and those are all beautiful. However, it would have to be big enough to fill the complete top of the container or they will meander around it and dig in the dirt around it. I've seen them do it!! This is why I would love to have a HUGE Barrel cactus, but a mature specimen is about $ 150 +.....
I had a similar but smaller Agave in the pot before and they pretty much ruined it.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 23, 2012 3:01 PM CST

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Crying Wow, that really is a problem. How about getting a smaller specimen (less money) and putting lots of bamboo sticks that you can remove as the cactus gets larger?
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Nov 23, 2012 3:08 PM CST
That might be an idea.
I am also toying with the idea of planting a big Bromeliad clump (the spiky kind), which again would have to be big enough to fill the complete top of the pot.
I really want the cats and the plants to be able to live in the same space....but I've had to remove quite a few plants already Hilarious!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 23, 2012 7:16 PM CST

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Can you give them a pot of their very own? Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Nov 23, 2012 7:37 PM CST
You mean, like - catnip? nodding
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 23, 2012 8:29 PM CST

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Bet they would love that. Thumbs up
Name: Arif Masud
Alpha Centauri (Zone 9a)
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KAMasud
Nov 23, 2012 8:53 PM CST
Same problem here, not my cats we don't get along but wild feral cats. What about pepper, let them sneeze all the time they are in the pot.
Piper nigrum is quite frost hardy vine/bush/spineless tree and will bear fruit. You can dry it to make white pepper or boil it to get black pepper. Procedure must be on net.
Regards,
Masud.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 23, 2012 9:56 PM CST

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Down towards the bottom of page: http://www.naturland.de/fileadmin/MDB/documents/Publication/...
Name: Arif Masud
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KAMasud
Nov 24, 2012 12:10 AM CST
Angel . Lynn you are a walking encyclopaedia I tip my hat to you. . This bush is good looking but it has to be kept under control if it is being grown in the ground. Under farming conditions give it free reign and it crops heavily.
Not in vain, I will read every word. Smiling
Regards,
Masud.Thumb of 2012-11-24/KAMasud/b1d426
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 24, 2012 12:55 AM CST

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Makes my mouth water thinking of having my own piper tree.
Name: Arif Masud
Alpha Centauri (Zone 9a)
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KAMasud
Nov 24, 2012 2:50 AM CST

I wonder, do you use curry patta leaves(patta=leaves)? You can use this plants also to add a pepper flavour to salads and dishes,
Regards,
Masud.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Nov 24, 2012 5:19 AM CST
Thank you for the suggestions, Masud. I don't think a pepper tree is what I am after for that particular spot.

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