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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jan 7, 2012 7:17 AM CST
At a yard sale I scored this wonderful hand made pot, it is a perfect cube with 17" sides.I would like to ask for suggestions on how to plant it for best effect, with Cacti and succulents of course!
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Jan 7, 2012 7:26 AM CST
You sure did score. I would kill for that planter.
Good plan for cacti and succulents.Terrecotta doesnt hold moisture.
Cacti isnt my area,hope someone chimes in with suggestions.
Congrats for the find tho.
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jan 7, 2012 7:32 AM CST
Would you believe I paid $ 20? Big Grin
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extranjera
Jan 7, 2012 11:00 AM CST
That's a beautiful pot. No suggestions but I know it will look great.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jan 7, 2012 11:22 AM CST
I already have a group of pots in my succulent patch but this would go in a different area (I have just found the spot for it Smiling )
I figure I could either go with one big agave type plant, or go for a selection. I am leaning towards the latter.

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jan 7, 2012 11:44 AM CST
Hetty that is just an amazing find. And only $20. Blinking
How many inches across the top?
I'm still drooling over the container. Sticking tongue out
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 7, 2012 12:06 PM CST
Wow, how cool is that, Hetty! Score indeed!! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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GardenGuyAZ
Jan 7, 2012 12:21 PM CST
Dutchlady1 said:At a yard sale I scored this wonderful hand made pot, it is a perfect cube with 17" sides.I would like to ask for suggestions on how to plant it for best effect, with Cacti and succulents of course!
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It's a cube, so I'm guessing 17". on every side. Or close to it.

























Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jan 7, 2012 1:38 PM CST
Yes, a perfect 17" every way. I know. I am thrilled.... Smiling
I've cleaned it a bit (nothing drastic, we like the patina) and have given it its future home, so now I can start planning what goes in it.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jan 7, 2012 5:22 PM CST
Happy planting Hetty. Thumbs up
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Audrey
Jan 7, 2012 5:34 PM CST
Waiting to see it planted!
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 7, 2012 6:34 PM CST
Hi Hetty! Very nice big pot! I also use big pots for my little garden..my initial problem was what to put below, since the Cacti and Succulents roots do not run that deep anyways..and I read somewhere to use empty bottles or inverted old pots underneath ...I did that and at least saved me from using way too much soil.

Other consideration though, how to keep the balance, I do not know if it is the soil sinking in between or it was the wind pushing them down but my cacti is like a leaning tower right now just trying not to distrub it this winter, will try to tackle it in spring Big Grin

This is how my leaning cacti looks right now:
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Would be nice if you can get tall big faced succulents, the smaller ones seem to appear smaller inside the big pots..well, that's just my personal observation on my own plants.

This is a photo of another aeonium I have, this one stays dark always, and a bigger succulent in front of it. The other pot to its right just have jade plants.
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Putting cacti or succulents that grow taller adds good dimension..or maybe add ones that trail down around it like sedum burritos for accent?


Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jan 7, 2012 8:18 PM CST
Yes I was thinking something tall and something trailing over the edge. And I always put styrofoam peanuts in the bottom of my pots!
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Paul2032
Jan 7, 2012 10:57 PM CST
The great thing about plants and gardens is that nothing has to be permanent. I might try a few things in smaller containers and cover them with gravel until it is like you want it to be. I think many containers feature taller, fuller and spilling forms but rules are to be broken. If there ends up being room I like a rock or small piece of wood also. Then if you don't like it a shovel is our best friend.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jan 8, 2012 5:47 AM CST
Paul, great advice and I also use rocks and gravel and pieces of wood etc. in my containers, especially low, wide ones with Adeniums etc. Thanks for the input!
I'm currently leaning towards using a Pachypodium as the center and work from there.
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 8, 2012 6:04 AM CST
That would look good, Hetty. IMHO, it definitely would look great with a little something trailing but that's just a personal opinion. I love things trailing over the sides of planters and plant that way a lot.

But you better get it planted soon or Jo Ann and I are coming down to arm wrestle for it. Green Grin!
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jan 8, 2012 6:27 AM CST
Tee - you and whose army Rolling on the floor laughing It took two men to lift that thing where it is now Blinking
Yes I agree on something trailing. Looking for just the right thing. Might be a burro's tail or some other sedum. I wonder how a Hoya would do - it will have full sun and very low water, so probably not.... which reminds me a I have a Hoya about to bloom, for the first time, should go look....
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 8, 2012 6:34 AM CST
Sedum morganianum. Thumbs up

J said she'd kill for it so sounds like I'm really outnumbered.

You know, a third thing would be nice too ... something tall, something intermediate and something trailing. That usually makes a very pleasing container combo.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jan 8, 2012 9:26 AM CST
Oh the pot is big enough that I will not limit myself to two plants! Smiling
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jan 8, 2012 9:34 AM CST
Thumbs up
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