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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Day 9 - One Container; So Many Different Ways to Plant

This Parioli Urn faces West but only gets afternoon for a few hours in the winter so I planted it with Sky Pencil Holly, blue and yellow Pansies, and Nandina domestica 'Filamentosa'.

I use an insert in most of my containers - this one is an 18" pressed pulp c
ontainer for the Parioli Urn that I order from Western Pulp Products. These get planted in the greenhouse and are allowed to grow/get rooted in for about a month before I take them out to the designated container. These molded fiber inserts allow for quick and cleaner container changeouts, they protect the roots a little better from the heated planter in the summer and from the cold in the winter, and they can be planted in the ground if we want to take the winter perennial/evergreen plants and reuse them somewhere else.

A little reminder when planting winter containers - make sure your planter is slightly raised off the surface to keep them from freezing to the ground when the water drains out during freezing temps. I use Pot Pads from Kinsman but just discovered Pot Feet, also from the Kinsman Company, which will work well on non-solid surfaces like mulch.



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