Containers forum: Containers: drought, baked by sun, frozen...

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Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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UrbanWild
Mar 30, 2018 10:18 AM CST
So I will start by saying that in the last 2 years I acquired a number of pots...small to very large. I also state here that The large containers are HEAVY even those that I have not yet filled with soil. I do not have the space to move them indoors for the winter, nor the inclination to move all of them a couple if times a year. In my experience, many of the plants described as being suitable for containers are not. Additionally, given heat and direct sun, pot soils dry quickly and pots heat up roots. This requires a LOT of watering. In the winter, they are above ground and will freeze straight through. So, with temp & mosture extremes, I am looking for some discussion on what might live through all of that. I thought about just planting purple okra in several on the front porch as they could tolerate heat and dry. But that would treat them as annuals and leave the containers open in the winter.

On the other hand, a few other trees that seem to tolerate extremes come to mind. These are trees like siberian almond, yellowhorn, etc. Siberian almond is a looker, but the nuts can be bitter to toxic.

Anyway, I would love to hear from those in temp/ moisture regimes similar to mine who grow in large pots. Thoughts?

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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Mar 31, 2018 5:44 PM CST
Urban - I had heard that it's best to choose plants that are hardy to 2 zones colder than your own for year-round pots. If you go with drought-tolerant plants, make sure you have soil that drains decently in pots with adequate drainage in case you get heavy rain.
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Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Christine
Apr 1, 2018 7:07 AM CST
Just a plant for you consider, I planted one Hosta in this container 14x10, 2 years ago, she was kept on my out side patio in full sun for 6 hours a day til late October, I did bring her in to my screened in porch for the winter, they do handle winters very well out doors, they are fast growing and would fill up one of your container fairly quick Thumbs up

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purpleinopp
Apr 2, 2018 8:09 AM CST
Christine, that's adorable! Looks like Sempervivum: The Sempervivum Database
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