metal pots

mstywoods(z5, Westminster, CO)April 7, 2014

HI - I've never posted on this forum before, but love reading all the terrific ideas people come up with for up-cycling things.

My husband took apart some large light fixtures and had the inside canisters left over. They already have several holes in the closed end that could serve as drainage holes if I used them as outdoor planters, but am wondering now if the metal could be troublesome for plants in the hot and cold temps we get here in zone 5 (Colorado, Denver area). Thinking the heat (the sun gets very intense here due to the mile high altitude) could fry the roots, and then in the winter the roots could freeze since our temps get into the single digits at times, as well as the minuses.

So I'm not sure what else I could/should use them for - anyone have some good ideas?!

They are 12" tall and 10" diameter.

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louisianagal(z7bMS)

I like them, so you could use them in the shade so as not to fry the plants. Or you could use them just to grow seedlings b4 transplanting into garden. Or inside?

    Bookmark   April 7, 2014 at 6:48PM
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mstywoods(z5, Westminster, CO)

Thanks louisianagal - good ideas! I'm also tossing around the idea of using them for part of a water feature in one of my flower beds.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2014 at 6:59PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I would definitely use them! Good catch!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 11:30AM
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mstywoods(z5, Westminster, CO)

Tonight, I'm thinking about using some to cover a few plants as we are expecting some heavy wet spring snowfall and low temps - they should hold up well for that!

This post was edited by mstywoods on Sat, Apr 12, 14 at 22:09

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