What size pot for Black & Blue?
Hi all, besides saying, "As big as you can find," I'd appreciate your help.
For those of you who grow Black & Blue successfully in a pot -
What size pot? Do you protect the pot in winter? How do you protect it? Cut B&B down and put 4 inches of pinestraw over it for example? Please list your location, zone and lowest temp if you are so inclined. 14F / -10C was our lowest on 5 to 10 nights this winter but not in a row.
I have read of B&B being invasive in my hot, wet climate and I've seen a picture of the enormous stolons and tubers. Plants that are not a problem in cold climates with harsh winters can be a problem here and eat you out of house and home. My new B&B is from a real nursery in my area, bought recently on clearance sale as the heat is upon us. I need to keep it in a pot.
Eventually I am hoping to grow it in a pot that is 16 inches / apx 40 cm. Does that sound possible? I like to put a large container up on a couple of bricks so the water can drain and B&B is said to need semi-shade in my hot climate. I have already taken cuttings in case this doesn't work or it outgrows the pot. Larger containers are hard for me to move around and take up too much space on my patio.
With some plants that start to outgrow containers I do a makeshift bonsai. First I trim down the tops and let the plant recover for a month or 2. Then I take the plant out of the pot, trim the roots, and add compost to the potting soil. Works for the tough plants that I like.
Any other advice that you can give me on growing B&B in a container? Thanks so much!
This post was edited by river_crossroads on Mon, Jun 9, 14 at 17:00