Containers forum: small containers & what to plant?

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Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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UrbanWild
Apr 29, 2017 5:48 AM CST
So...after a difficult start to creating better containers for plants ( The thread "arrggghhhh!!! stoneware drilling to use as pots..." in Containers forum ), the hole saw bits made life MUCH easier. I drilled much more than originally planned. No problem. However, in the process, I went a little crazy and drilled some stoneware that is about the same size as a very small coffee cup. Now, I am wondering what sort of mini plants to grow in those. So, do you have any interesting favorite liliputian plants appropriate for small containers?
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Name: Cindy
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Shadegardener
Apr 29, 2017 3:47 PM CST
Some little sedums? I went to a garden place today and saw a large array of plants to be used for miniature gardens. Browsing might give you some ideas.
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Name: Ed
NJ (Zone 6b)
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herrwood
Apr 30, 2017 6:05 AM CST
Some types of Echeveria look good in a cup at least that is my plan for a few cups I have.
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purpleinopp
Apr 30, 2017 6:53 AM CST
You might want to take a look in the Miniature gardening forum here.
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carolp
May 18, 2017 12:26 AM CST
UrbanWild said:So...after a difficult start to creating better containers for plants ( The thread "arrggghhhh!!! stoneware drilling to use as pots..." in Containers forum ), the hole saw bits made life MUCH easier. I drilled much more than originally planned. No problem. However, in the process, I went a little crazy and drilled some stoneware that is about the same size as a very small coffee cup. Now, I am wondering what sort of mini plants to grow in those. So, do you have any interesting favorite liliputian plants appropriate for small containers?


Miniature roses which come in a number of varieties are a very attractive option for small containers or pots. Colours range from red to yellow to white. Other good varieties I would suggest are Begonias, Marigolds, Coleus and Verbana.
If you want to grow vegetables in pots you can go for chives, lettuce, radishes, salad greens, basil, coriander, bush beans, garlic, carrots, peas, mint, thyme.
For pots of 8-9 inch pole beans, carrots, chard, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, leeks, pepper, spinach, parsley, rosemary are a good choice. Check for some best plants to grow https://www.clerawindows.com/b....
Make a mix of peat moss/coconut fiber/vermiculite sans soil. Ensure good drainage, moisture, and room for roots to grow.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
May 18, 2017 1:17 AM CST
Here's a few containers I purchased while on vacation. The container in foreground is size of large tea cup so you can imagine size of long narrow black container:
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Here is the black container planted with succulents basically Semp rollers, Semp arachnoideums and Sedum.
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Here's small bonsai container, again planted with small succulents.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
May 19, 2017 4:05 PM CST
Cute little mini gardens, Bev!!
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
May 19, 2017 7:27 PM CST
Thanks Tiffany...they were fun to plant!
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UrbanWild
May 19, 2017 8:03 PM CST
Great ideas. My experiences with miniature roses have not been good. I feel like either I can't get the mix to hold a little moisture (but not stay wet), or it dries too easily. I may give them another shot.

All the tiny pots are what I left for last. The sedum, semps, & succulents I have been trying recently are a little limited. We'll see how they turn out.

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UrbanWild
May 19, 2017 8:05 PM CST
How long until the plants outgrow the small bonsai pot?
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tarev
May 19, 2017 8:14 PM CST
Little mimicry plants like Lithops, Titanopsis calcareum, Pleiospilos nelli will grow well in those small containers, just make the media as gritty, rocky as you can. Smiling
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
May 19, 2017 8:36 PM CST
Urban, the narrow black pot was originally planted in July 2016 and a few of the semps were changed out in early April because they weren't looking their best. The foundation sedum plants and a few semps (using ones that grow small) have been in there for 10 months and the sedum was trimmed to shorten the stems and to clean up. Overgrown plants can be trimmed or replaced. Entire planting does not have to be done away with.

A combo planting is an evolving process. The thing is to choose plants that you know grow small in size and grow slow. Some can be small but grow fast such that stems or offsets are taking over. One can prune/trim the unwanted/extra growth to keep tidy and in scale.

The small bonsai pot was planted in late March and it's been almost 2 months and still looks growing to scale. I would say next month I will trim a little and/or replace any semp that is too big with a smaller one, but leave the rest to continue. I'll try to post picture next month.

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