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Sacramento, CA
Lcartercook
Feb 6, 2018 4:48 PM CST
I am new to gardening since I just bought my first home. I was gifted some very large flower pots, about 3'x20", that I will be using outside.

Do I have to fill the entire pot with soil or can I put something in the bottom (rock, bark)?
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Feb 6, 2018 6:03 PM CST
I think that depends on what you will plant in them. Also where they will be located. I have two of those pots that are on the north side of the house. One has Amaryllis that do well in potting soil that is about three inches below the rim, but being in the shade for much of the year they don't use much water. The other gets a bit more sun, has Autumn Salvia and Rain lilies, that both increase at a rapid rate, and after a few years they need watering every day with soil at the same level. I would have to say fill the pots to the top. If you're planning on succulents, make it a very fast draining potting soil for Cactus and succulents. In any case, it's best to just cover the drain hole with a piece of screen or a coffee filter....no rocks or pottery shards.
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DaisyI
Feb 6, 2018 7:46 PM CST
Filling the pot with rocks so you don't have to use as much potting soil won't work. If you don't want to buy that much soil, don't fill the pot to the rim.

In pots that large, you could be growing small sized trees and filling in with flowers. For instance, I have a large pot with a Japanese Moon Maple surrounded by miniature roses.
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