Planter/pot choice

riveratnight(9)July 19, 2014

This is a dumb question, but I don't want to screw something up, so I figured I'd ask anyway. I know most places recommend terracotta or ceramic pots for cacti, and plastic is fine, but what about metal?

For example, I have about a dozen old tea tins (not sure if they're actually tin). If I punched a couple good-sized holes for drainage and used a decent soil/sand/perlite mixture, would that work just as well? Or might chemicals/minerals leech out of the metal that could damage my cacti?

It'd be nice if I could use these tins for something. I guess I could fill the bottoms with gravel and just set plastic pots inside or something.

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I'm not sure about your specific tins, but I have definitely grown cacti/succulents in metal containers I've drilled holes in. I've never seen any evidence of chemicals/minerals causing problems; the only problem I've had is the bottoms of metal containers eventually rusting through.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 12:20AM
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Good to know, thank you for the advice!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 2:27AM
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