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Virginia (Zone 7a)
Jun 1, 2017 6:04 PM CST
It measures about 10"x25". I originally got it for ferns but have not had many ferns yet. All other plants I planted in it died, I assume because it is so big. I'm thinking of turning it into a Neapolitan pot and plant golden colius, orange mint and hypoestes side by side. Although I think orange mint may be aggressive towards the others.
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Jun 1, 2017 10:42 PM CST
Rez, 10x25" wouldn't be an unusually large planter and I don't see why it would cause plants to die...

What sort of potting mix did you use to fill it? Does it have good drainage? What did you try planting in it previously? D'Oh!

Also, I would think the orange mint would want more sunlight than the coleus and the hypoestes (although I could be wrong about that).
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Jun 2, 2017 12:33 AM CST
Size is important but the bigger the better. What is the planter made of?

My great grandfather built a pair of concrete planteurs in the mid 1920's (he died in 1929). Nothing grew in those planteurs for 50 years. When I inherited them in about 1975, I lined them with plastic (and was the first person to successfully grow something in them Smiling ) and planted azaleas.

I have now passed them on to my daughter (in 2015). She is growing plants in them without plastic. It has taken 90 years to 'season' those planteurs!
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Virginia (Zone 7a)
Jun 2, 2017 12:33 PM CST
It's plastic and didn't have a drainage hole when I got it. I burnt 3 small holes on its bottom. The plants that I planted in it were pretty small and that was probably why they died.

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