Question about pots

Lori615(5b (GR, MI))March 17, 2013

I have seven blueberries that I'm trying to decide how to pot. They are 3-4 years old, in 1-gallon pots. I have 22" decorative pots that I would like for them to have as a permanent home, but for this year, I think they would swallow up these little guys. I am considering putting them in 5-gallon pots for the first year or two, then transplanting to the bigger 22" pots.

If I do this, should I use the black nursery pots from Greenhouse Megastore? Or are they too thin? These will be sitting on my second story deck, and I'm afraid those nursery-style pots are too flimsy and will cook the roots. I see many of you talking about your 5-gallon or 15-gallon pots...are you talking about these thin black pots?

Where do you get your pots for the type of use I'm describing? Thank you.

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shazaam(NC 7B)

You're in slightly cooler zone than I am, but I've had trouble with black plastic pots for all fruits, especially blueberries (even when I've attempted to shade the pots to keep down heat gain). By comparison, my plants in terra cotta and fabric aeration containers (Smart Pot, etc.) have performed very well. Other growers seem to do fine with plastic, but I've given up on it entirely.

One option that you might want to consider is the inexpensive Root Pouches at Greenhouse Megastore. You could put those inside your 22" pots and have the best of both worlds -- excellent aeration and drainage plus a decorative exterior.

This post was edited by shazaam on Sun, Mar 17, 13 at 10:27

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Lori615(5b (GR, MI))

That sounds like a great idea! Thank you, Shazaam!

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 11:58PM
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