how to plant in baskets?

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how to plant in baskets?

Post by Axolot » Fri, 22 Aug 2003 02:34:51



What is the recommendation for plant pond plants?
I am going to use the "standard" plastic basket type planters, but somebody
told me that I should line it with landscaping fabric in order to keep the
roots under control.
Is this a good idea?
For Lilies?
For cattails?
Other Plants?

TIA
Axo

 
 
 

how to plant in baskets?

Post by Gail Futora » Fri, 22 Aug 2003 02:43:59



Quote:
> What is the recommendation for plant pond plants?
> I am going to use the "standard" plastic basket type

planters, but somebody

Quote:
> told me that I should line it with landscaping fabric in
order to keep the
> roots under control.
> Is this a good idea?
> For Lilies?
> For cattails?
> Other Plants?

> TIA
> Axo

You will probably get a variety of opinions on this.  I
plant my hardy water lilies & anacharis in plastic dishpans
or Sterlite containers.  I used fine clay from my yard and
put lots of pea gravel on top.  So far it seems to work
well, but I have small ponds, ranging fron 110 to about 200
gallons, no more than 2' deep.

Rushes I have planted in a long flower pot (those pots used
for window plantings, whatever they're called) and a
Creeping Jenny is in an open-mesh pond pot.  Those, also,
are doing well, although the rushes appear to be growing out
of their pot a bit.

Gail
San Antonio TX area

 
 
 

how to plant in baskets?

Post by Phyllis and Jim Hurle » Sat, 23 Aug 2003 21:54:03


There seems to be only one firm rule:  If it works, it is OK.

We have ours in 1-2" rocks only.  No dirt.  Easy care and no roots exiting.
Our containers, however, have no side holes, only bottom or none.  Lillies,
cattails, pickerel weed, etc.  Works for us, cf. pondsite below.

J

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Quote:
> What is the recommendation for plant pond plants?
> I am going to use the "standard" plastic basket type planters, but
somebody
> told me that I should line it with landscaping fabric in order to keep the
> roots under control.
> Is this a good idea?
> For Lilies?
> For cattails?
> Other Plants?

> TIA
> Axo

 
 
 

how to plant in baskets?

Post by ~ jan JJsPond.u » Tue, 26 Aug 2003 08:18:34


As Jim said: If it works, it is OK.

This is what has worked for me. I use baskets lined with weed blocking
fabric (no pesticide treated stuff). I use these for lilies and some of my
marginals. I find that the baskets allow for some circulation, because the
sandy soil I use doesn't stink like what comes out of a closed pots. I use
holeless closed pots for cattails as they have sharp runners and it has
been suggested that those runners might go right thru a liner. I imagine
they would if caught in a fold especially. Many of my plants though are
just held in the baskets without lining with big rocks to keep them
upstraight. ~ jan

Quote:

>What is the recommendation for plant pond plants?
>I am going to use the "standard" plastic basket type planters, but somebody
>told me that I should line it with landscaping fabric in order to keep the
>roots under control.
>Is this a good idea?
>For Lilies?
>For cattails?
>Other Plants?

>TIA
>Axo

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how to plant in baskets?

Post by Roger Gra » Sun, 31 Aug 2003 12:03:30



Quote:
>This is what has worked for me. I use baskets lined with weed blocking
>fabric (no pesticide treated stuff). I use these for lilies and some of my
>marginals. I find that the baskets allow for some circulation, because the
>sandy soil I use doesn't stink like what comes out of a closed pots. I use
>holeless closed pots for cattails as they have sharp runners and it has
>been suggested that those runners might go right thru a liner. I imagine

I can confirm that cattail roots will penetrate a liner. My pond was
dug 20 years or so ago and is lined with a polyester-reinforced
synthetic *** material from BF Goodrich.  It was typically sold by
the acre for lining retention ponds, etc. and is pretty tough stuff.
Several years ago my wife had thrown a cattail head or two into it.
There was a pretty good stand of them when I decided to have a water
Garden instead of a liquid compost pile.  I had to patch 2 or 3 holes
where the cattail roots had gone through,

On the original topic, I have trouble understanding why one should use
closed pots. Seems like you would need the circulation to get
nutrients to the plant. Anyway I don't use closed pots and most of my
plants are doing fine.


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