What's in that big pot

pennyhal(11Sunset23)March 10, 2012

I see photos in books and on this forum of huge pots, but not really huge plants in them. Like in a book there was this photo of a Graptoveria Fred Ives succulent in this huge fat pot that was at least a couple of feet tall. Or there was a photo of Sedum Jelly Bean in a really tall pot. And there was one with several Echerveria After Glow in this huge pot. It doesn't seem to me that these plants would have such deep roots or need such deep pots.

When these plant are put in these pots, is the entire pot filled with soil? Or do they put some sort of fillers in the bottom of the pots first?

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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

Good question, Penny!

When I use a large/tall pot (when I know the plant's roots don't need the room): I put some screening at the bottom, use a lot of styrofoam peanuts (helps so pot isn't too heavy), then another large piece of screen (like that used on windows) or landscape fabric, then soil & the plant (top dressing optional).

    Bookmark   March 10, 2012 at 4:36PM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

Rosemarie and Penny I too either use peanut Styrofoam and for the same reasons , lightened weight and you don't have to use a whole lot of nice soil cuz your right , they don't need it, I like the screen idea too, if I remember correctly someone mentioned the peanuts would work there way up to the top, well they haven't yet but just incase they start skoooting up the screen could eliminate that.

Greg

    Bookmark   March 11, 2012 at 1:14AM
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pennyhal(11Sunset23)

Now that makes sense. Thanks for sharing!

Penny

    Bookmark   March 12, 2012 at 3:20AM
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chaparralgirl(Sonoran Desert (CA))

Rosie: What a fantastic idea! None of my plants are really large enough to put into big pots yet, but now that I know this trick, I'll definitely use it when the time comes. Thanks for sharing!

*CG*

    Bookmark   March 12, 2012 at 4:34AM
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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

You just want to be sure whatever tall pot you use isn't going to tip over with the weight of the plant at the top. So you might put a few rocks at the bottom. Big/tall pots seem a waste to me, unless you're grouping together & want varying heights. (Or for other reasons, like a handicapped person needs because they can't lean over so far...or like pillars at either side of an entrance. Well, you get my drift.)

    Bookmark   March 12, 2012 at 6:31PM
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cactusmcharris

Another method is to use plastic pots turned upside down - it takes up volume but not weight.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 12:53PM
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pennyhal(11Sunset23)

I think the bigger pots are mainly used as a decorative statement around homes. I had wanted to get some, but decided on stone pillars with smaller pots on top instead as I didn't know how to handle the biggies. Probably a better choice for me in the long run until I have more experience in keeping plants alive for a while.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 2:35PM
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cactusmcharris

Penny,

I'm too lazy to get a pic right now, but it's easily visualized - put the pillar into the big pot, with smaller pots arranged at the base of the exposed portion of the pillar / soil line. Believe me, it works well. It's also added proof that one is a pillar of the community. Don't get me talking about plinths now...

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 3:08PM
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