how to stop plants from floating out of basket?

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how to stop plants from floating out of basket?

Post by elli » Mon, 29 May 2000 04:00:00



hi all,
I planted some iris in my tiny pond on a ledge for marginals, and
had then in cat litter in a basket, but one kept popping up out of the clay and
floating to the surface. I had this problem with the lotus too at first, until it
grew more roots last year, even though it was in gravel. is there any way to anchor
plants into the basket initially without damaging them? thanks. ellie.
 
 
 

how to stop plants from floating out of basket?

Post by Rod Farl » Mon, 29 May 2000 04:00:00


Quote:
>I planted some iris in my tiny pond on a ledge for marginals, and
>had then in cat litter in a basket, but one kept popping up out of
>the clay and floating to the surface.

Suggest raising the iris pot on bricks or rocks until its crown is
above the water until it is well established (more because they
grow better if their roots are allowed to adapt by being lowered
gradually).
Here's a guide to iris water depth (scroll down):
http://www.botany.com/iris.html
but all seem to prefer to have their crowns above water, at least
until they're established.
- Rod
 
 
 

how to stop plants from floating out of basket?

Post by Derek Broughto » Mon, 29 May 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
> I planted some iris in my tiny pond on a ledge for marginals, and
> had then in cat litter in a basket, but one kept popping up out of the
clay and
> floating to the surface. I had this problem with the lotus too at
first, until it
> grew more roots last year, even though it was in gravel. is there any
way to anchor
> plants into the basket initially without damaging them? thanks. Ellie.

I agree with Rod that part of the problem is that the irises are
probably too deep.  I haven't actuall _potted_ an Iris in years - I
put them in pots and wedge them in place with stones (you really can't
hurt an iris!).  They do fine without soil (though I now have some in
the bog).

Since my very first lily, though, I've been paranoid about planting
the lilies too deep, to the extent that when I repotted one that had
seriously jumped it's pot yesterday, I buried the roots in soil and
left the tuber above the soil - and tied it into the basket with a bit
of electrical wire.  I only used the soil at all because I was out of
stones (they're very hard to come by here) and needed some weight in
the basket.

derek

 
 
 

how to stop plants from floating out of basket?

Post by K30 » Mon, 29 May 2000 04:00:00


My iris are on an island.
There are holes drilled into the sides of the island
container. Water level varies from below the lip to
1/2 inch over the lip.
Iris are planted in kitty litter and gravel.
Ther are several
large rocks in the middle of the island and
branches that go from island to the bottom of
the pond.
They did wonderfully this year.

k30a and the water gardening labradors
see the labradors at
http://www.daydreamergardens.com/2_level/articles/dog_how_to.htm
K30A and friends' pond information page
http://hometown.aol.com/k30a/myhomepage/writing.html

 
 
 

how to stop plants from floating out of basket?

Post by Bonnie Lee Hil » Mon, 29 May 2000 04:00:00


Hello,

Quote:

> hi all,
> I planted some iris in my tiny pond on a ledge for marginals,
> and had them in cat litter in a basket, but one kept popping
> up out of the clay and floating to the surface. I had this
> problem with the lotus too at first, until it grew more roots
> last year, even though it was in gravel. is there any way to
> anchor plants into the basket initially without damaging them?
> thanks. ellie.

Some of my plants in the Veggie Filter are in a plant basket
with holes. There is no soil, gravel, or rocks of any kind.
Each basket has one or two bricks. I tie the plants to the
bricks. The bricks are easy to use because they have perfect
"pre-drilled" holes. The plants are tied onto the bricks
using cable ties, pipe cleaners, plant wraps, bungee cords,
etc. Since the bricks have been fired, they do not affect
the pH.

Bonnie Lee Hill
Dallas, Texas

 
 
 

how to stop plants from floating out of basket?

Post by Elizabeth Lo » Tue, 30 May 2000 04:00:00



writes:

Quote:

>I planted some iris in my tiny pond on a ledge for marginals, and
>had then in cat litter in a basket, but one kept popping up out of the clay
>and
>floating to the surface. I had this problem with the lotus too at first,
>until it
>grew more roots last year, even though it was in gravel. is there any way to
>anchor
>plants into the basket initially without damaging them? thanks. ellie.

You could put a couple rocks on top of it. Or take some nursery tape or string
and cross it over the rhizome at the top of the pot, then staple to the sides.
The rocks are easier. btw, your iris really should be at or just barely below
the surface of the water. You can lower a bit after it roots in well.
elizabeth

http://hometown.aol.com/lotts2c/index.html

 
 
 

how to stop plants from floating out of basket?

Post by elli » Wed, 31 May 2000 04:00:00


Quote:


> writes:

> >I planted some iris in my tiny pond on a ledge for marginals, and
> >had then in cat litter in a basket, but one kept popping up out of the clay
> >and
> >floating to the surface. I had this problem with the lotus too at first,
> >until it
> >grew more roots last year, even though it was in gravel. is there any way to
> >anchor
> >plants into the basket initially without damaging them? thanks. ellie.

> You could put a couple rocks on top of it. Or take some nursery tape or string
> and cross it over the rhizome at the top of the pot, then staple to the sides.
> The rocks are easier. btw, your iris really should be at or just barely below
> the surface of the water. You can lower a bit after it roots in well.
> elizabeth

> http://hometown.aol.com/lotts2c/index.html

thanks so much everyone,
this one just showed up on my server for some reason.
the one that was popping up, eventually just stayed in place,
and I'm going to raise them up right now so the tops are above water,
and have bookmarked the water iris site. if I have any more trouble
with plants floating away, I'll try all of your ideas, I like the idea of tying them
to bricks.  I don't know if these bricks are fired though, how does this
affect the ph? I hope they do well, I love my other irises, they are in full bloom now. ellie.