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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Best Vegetable for growing in pots?

I've grown a few different veg over the years including Tomatoes, Green Beans, Peppers, Sweetcorn and a few others. However, they are usually planted in the ground. I'm looking at moving house later ...
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Young potato plant leaves yellowing at base

I'm growing potatoes in a 5 gallon bucket. The mature leaves are a beautiful dark green, as you can see in the below photo, and the plant is growing fine, but occasionally the young, small leaves ...
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How to prevent water at the bottom of a large ceramic indoor container for a Norfolk Island Pine?

I purchased a Norfolk Island Pine that's about 4 feet tall (20 bucks at Home Depot!) to replace the one I got last year, that I put in a large ceramic pot (14 inches high, 15 inches across), because ...
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Why use a saucer for hydroponics?

I’m trying to get into some home grown hydroponics, to grow some tomatoes and chilies fresh over the winter (without having to import them). I’ve used a kit before to grow basil and this used one ...
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How much water to use for very large indoor pot?

A while ago I rescued a couple of large cast iron plants (Aspidistra) from a dumpster. The largest pot is 38cm in internal diameter, about 30cm deep. Even that pot is probably a bit small for the ...
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Can I grow low-growing heathers in containers with soil depth of 10cm?

I am building a small shed with a heather/heath roof using low growing varieties that reach 10-15cm. I plan to use 4 separate 60x40cm Euro trays, lined with soil barrier, so that I can lift these off ...
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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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Drainage design for planter boxes

I am designing 2ft x 6ft planter boxes to be set on concrete. I'd rather not have to install a bottom. Could drainage be provided by using 1 inch PVC pipe with multiple holes drilled in them ...
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Good potted vine to grow inside a greenhouse?

I have a small greenhouse (9'x9' and 9' tall at peak) that I’d like to grow a vine inside and have it grow up through the exposed rafters. I think it would look very nice. The vine species would: ...
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Is this an insect (wasp/bee) bore in my soil?

everyday there’s a new bore in the soil of my potted aloe plant. Could you help identify what this is? There’s little mounds of soil that are balled up around the hole and I keep destroying them but ...
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Is it a problem if I pot multiple Bonsai at the same pot?

I repotted my Bonsais in one shared pot, they are from different types. Is that a problem? Sorry for the newbie question.
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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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Where should the water holes be in an outdoor plant pot?

I have some balcony plant pots like these: They have no holes at the bottom, so I'm planning to drill holes to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom and causing rot. But as you can see there ...
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Avocado Tree Pot Size - Start Large or Increase Over Time

I am buying a 3 foot tall avocado tree (¼-½ in. diameter stem) that I want to keep potted long term as opposed to planting in the ground. Is it better to repot the new tree in a slightly larger pot ...
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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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Grow tomatoes outdoors inside a transparent plastic box

First time I'm going to plant tomatoes. I read up already on how to plant the seeds into pots. My question is: can I put the pots (containing the planted seeds) inside a big (45 liter), transparent,...
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Why are my laurel plant leaves turning yellow and brown?

I planted some laurel in a container last year. Now it's in its first Spring season in the container and it seems to be doing mostly really well. In an unusually warm Spring it has rapidly generated a ...
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Found this in a pot today. Anyone know what it is?

Found this in a pot today. Anyone know what it is?
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Should you top up potted runner beans?

We potted scarlet runner beans plants last week in several large pots. This week the soil settled a couple inches. With tomatoes I know I could just top off the pots with more soil, and they will ...
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Are mature store-bought veggie plants like these intended to stay in their pots?

We recently bought some large and mature (already budding) tomato and bell pepper plants from costco. Unfortunately they have 3 to 5-ish plants per pot, and I'm trying to figure out what to do with ...

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