Questions tagged [containers]

Plant pots and boxes that hold soil and growing plants. Use this tag with questions about different aspects of containers or problems about plants potted into a specific type of container. Most common types are: ceramic, plastic, concrete, clay or terracotta.

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Why are hanging planters wider at the top?

Is there a reason why pots used for hanging are wider at the top? Does this benefit the plant? Assuming that both are made of plastic and both hold the same amount of soil, which is the preferred ...
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Are fiberglass planters good for citrus trees?

I have ordered two 5-7 year old citrus trees(orange and lime). Now I am looking for sturdy enough planters to plant them in in my backyard. I am going for the look underneath. However if I get that ...
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How to maximize nutrient retention in a coir hanging basket?

I had put potting mix directly into a coir hanging basket: Whenever I water the basket (or when it rains), the water that drains out the bottom is usually dark, which suggests that nutrients and ...
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Should I place this plant directly in sunlight?

I have brought a curry leaf plant sapling from the local nursery. It was planted in a plastic bag filled with soil from the ground. I have placed it in a 12 inch pot today with fresh store bought ...
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Washing roots to make sure it has no hidden insects?

My red pepper plant isn't doing too great, so I decided to check the soil and it had dark red worms. I took it out of the pot, and removed all the soil from the roots with a water hose (or so I ...
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Lemon tree losing leaves

My potted lemon tree has been losing leaves. The leaves exhibit a pattern of lighter blotches at the edge of the leaves, which I suspect may be due to a magnesium deficiency, but also a strange ...
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Do big outdoor planters need a saucer?

I wanted to build a two-foot (24”) square planter from left-over tiles. I will drill small holes at the bottom, so it will have drainage holes. These planters will be moved to an outdoor area where ...
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What are these light green spots on my tomatoes?

I saw this in nearly all of the old growth. In researching this I found that it could be eggs of a leaf-miner, or simply just sun damage. I wanted to confirm if this is something to worry about, and ...
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How should I set-up and preserve an oak barrel planter?

We have an oak barrel for use as a planter for some wysteria on a stone patio. I would like to know what should be done to preserve it. The barrel is an old rum barrel but not guaranteed to be ...
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Suggestion for plants in pot on window where there are lots of sunshines

I am in New Zealand, even it is winter but in my place, the window has always been shined by the sunshine and it is really hot. I am wondering if there is any plant in a pot (having flower) that I can ...
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Leaves on banana plants withering away

My banana plant is withering away. Leaves are starting to turn yellow/brown, droop, and in general the plant is deteriorating. The plant is in a pot, inside, and gets a lot of light although not a lot ...
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Is it possible to use terracotta pots as wicking chambers for self-watering planter boxes?

I'd like to build a self-watering planter from wood made watertight with something like rubber pond liner. This would be larger than just a self-watering pot, dimensions around 2' by 4' and a planting ...
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What plants won't do well in 12 inch raised bed

I built a 12 inch raised garden bed with weed tarp at the bottom. (See also Raised garden in flood zone) I put the weed tarp in to prevent grass and other weeds from coming up from the ground. This ...
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How can I grow tomatoes in a pot?

Is it possible to grow tomatoes as a pot plant? In the limited space I have I can afford pot of maximum depth = 12 cm and diameter = 12 cm. what size pot will be ideal to start with? In India what ...
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Save a dying rose plant

Good day everyone! I would like to ask for some help on how to save my dying rose plant. This rose plant was thought to be dead last year when it dropped all its leaves and I did not remove the "...
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How should I drain an overly watered potted plant?

Sometimes one leaves a potted plant in the care of people who then proceed to overwater your plants. If rot ensues, you may be forced to repot the whole plant which can be messy, and tricky if it's a ...
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Appropriate planter size for tomato plants

What is the most appropriate size for tomato planters? My plants are more than 2 months old. Also, any specific material that I should use e.g., ceramic, plastic?
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Can you use the leftover water from watering one plant to water other plants?

After watering a potted plant, the tray the pot is on sometimes has a significant amount of leftover water in it. It's usually got some soil in it and occasionally gets a light tea color to it. Can ...
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What is this purple mushroom growing in my pot?

I found these purple mushrooms growing in one of my pots. I've been removing them and throwing them away. I have no idea what to google to identify them. Mostly I want to know if this will harm the ...
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How to avoid black dots and green worms on a lettuce?

Just a week ago, I planted a young letuce in a small pot in my second-floor window. Today, I found these black dots: plus three big green worms (not shown). I have no idea how they got into the ...
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Potted cilantro plant falling over outside. What am I doing wrong?

It’s not standing up straight and the ends look very fragile. I’m not sure if I should try to repot it and add more soil. The pot is 12.5 inches. The pot is draining and I am careful not to overwater ...
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How to balcony garden in a pot without drainage holes?

I plan on using containers of various sizes (10L, 20L, 200L, 1000L) for growing vegetables for fun but have impediments to providing drainage holes, such as: no large enough tray available pot ...
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What do I do with these roselle plants?

Due to other work, I was unable to transplant these roselle plants to smaller containers. Their roots grew tangled and the leaves were very sparse and discoloured/reddish tipped. Though these bore one ...
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Transplanting established Wisteria from pots to ground

I have two Wisteria Brachybotrys, each growing in a 1200 litre tub, on either side of a gazebo. They are young, purchased in the spring, but have already entwined the trellis walls and the roof of ...
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Is this a weed growing in pot?

My concrete rooftop is so hot, that cactuses and weeds are pretty much the only thing that survive. We’re in the Caribbean. So I was surprised when I saw something that doesn’t look like a cactus ...
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Oak sapling in pot is not branching

I moved a small oak sapling to an indoor pot last year and intend to keep it as a bonsai project, the tree seems generally healthy and had one growth this season allready (it didnt lose all its leaves ...
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Pepper Plant leaves Wilting, please help

Recently bought a pepper plant and transplanted it into a pot. Mulched over the top since its been in the high 80s F recently and I didn't want the soil drying out. Its only been in the pot half a ...
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What is wrong with my hydrangea

I believe my hydrangea has powdery mildew which was present when I bought it but got worse. I don't overhead water. I sprayed with a baking soda mix yesterday and think it helped but noticed how bad ...
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Does adding large amounts of compost permanently decrease soil drainage?

Composting all my kitchen scraps in buckets ~20L results in: large amount of compost compared to the amount of soil on the balcony (say 60L compost/year versus 200L of soil) low temperature ...
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How can I stop water dripping from my balcony hangers to the downstairs neighbors railing?

I have 3 balcony planters 30 in. long that hang on my railing. When I water the plants, it drips to downstairs apartments patio railing. How can I stop this? Should I be concerned?
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How to seal board gaps in raised bed garden?

I just put together a 10x4 raised bed garden using cedar boards stacked 2 high. I am a little concerned that the small gap between the stacked boards will let water seep out. Could you provide any ...
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How can I divide a long planter into two gardens?

The decking between my property and my neighbours is divided by a very large concrete planter box. It is very roughly 4x1x1 metres (13x3x3 feet) internally. Over the top of the planter, down the ...
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Avoiding snails around potted greenery?

I had an idea about snail trap. I was wondering if placing a plastic ring in a form of a brush around a pot with needles pointing down would serve the purpose. Using very tiny spaced needles (i.e. low ...
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Reddish brown edges on the leaves of the curry sapling. How to mitigate the damage?

I accidentally kept my curry leaf plant out in 6 hours of direct sun without hardening off. After that, I started seeing brownish dry edges in many leaves. It was kept in 2~3 hour direct sunlight area....
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Not sure if there's a pest in my soil!

I had potted some garlic to grow recently, and yesterday when I lifted the pot to clean under it, the soil seemed to look like pest excrement, of some sort. Here is a picture. Can someone help me ...
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How much room does an apple seedling need as it grows?

Like father like daughter, my little girl has grown an affinity for watching seedlings grow from apple seeds. This is a picture of the one she's watching now: The diameter of the open end of that pot ...
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Measuring soil dampness with terracotta pot

I recently got this small citrus tree and it says it is supposed to be watered when the soil is dry 1 - 2 inches deep. I've been measuring this with my finger. This is my first time using a terracotta ...
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What to do with pots with no holes in?

As far as I'm aware, the majority of plants require good drainage and don't like sitting in water. So what is the purpose of and what do I do with a pot that has no drainage holes in the bottom?
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Suggested pot size for fruit trees?

In different orangeries the pots for fruit trees (in particular citrus fruit) seem rather small compared to what some gardeners suggest, and also compared to the following root ball table. What ...
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What are some sustainable alternatives to peat for potting compost?

I've just finished writing the tag wiki for organic and was thinking about wider issues of sustainability. Perhaps the best area where I could improve things personally, would be to use an alternative ...
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Is this a disease?

I have planted a curry leaf sapling taken from a local nursery in a 10 inch pot in fresh store bought potting mix (cocopeat, perlite, vermiculite, sand, rice husk, vermicompost, neem extract). I put ...
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Can I use this brand of bleach with some other ingredients to sterilise seed trays?

Where I live in Delhi, India, there is no pure bleach available. The only similar option is something called Rin Ala, which is a laundry liquid bleach with 4 percent Sodium Hypochlorite (bleach), 1 ...
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Are synthetic fertilisers necessary in potting plants?

Is it possible to have healthy plants (edible ones) flourishing in pots without the use of synthetic fertilisers? I have concerns regarding fertilisers polluting nearby water sources/soil from ...
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How do some seeds germinate and flourish in soil filled pots?

I have regularly seen people not recommending plain soil for pots, since the roots of the newly generated seedlings suffocate in the lack of oxygen due to its compact nature and lack of water drainage....
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Should I throw out soil after rot?

I have sadly had a potted monstera succumb to rot. I tried taking clippings to no avail, but now that it's gone, I am wondering if it's safe to reuse the pot and soil with another plant? Can the soil ...
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Can I transplant the cucumbers in these pictures?

I have two cucumber plants in pots (pics below) the one in the terracotta pots is a type of slicing cucumber and the cream colored pot is pickling cukes. Neither are burpless. I read that moving and ...
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Maranta leuconeura (prayer plant) leaves going brown and dying

We have this prayer plant in a large pot and it was doing well for a couple months. Then leaves started to go brown. Bit by bit, most of them are dying. We water 1-2 times a week, although we also ...
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What are these tiny black things on the tips of my chive seedlings?

I just purchased and transplanted these chive seedlings. They came from the store with these tiny hard black ovoids on about a third of the tips, although I didn't notice until I got home. What are ...
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What is this orange crust around my pot?

I have a mini Rose bush growing Indoors and a yellow/orangish crust keeps appearing on the outside of my ceramic pot. It almost looks like it’s in lines like a slug leaves it behind. Every time I wipe ...
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Are clay pots better than plastic ones in hot temperatures?

In the region where I live summers are relatively hot (up to 35°C or 95°F) and sunny. Some of my plants grow in dark plastic pots, which can get pretty warm. When I water them, the water and the soil ...

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