Can i use the plastic containers to repot the plants

Irving, TX

I live in dallas , Texas zone 8a

I just got Thuja and Pencil Holly , bare root. 18" talll

Is it okay if i plant them in the left over, plastic containers,that i got from nursery, when i purchased my other plants, I got the Organic potting Mix.

Atleast for next,3-4 months....i would like to keep them in porch, to protect them from snow..

How long will they last in these plastic containers.....Forever ? or transfer them in better pots in spring.

Pictures are posted

Irving, TX

Can I use the plastic containers...inside these beautiful new pots for indoor plants....these pots don't have holes ....will the rubber plant and corn plant survive in these plastic containers

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Orlando, FL(Zone 9b)

i reuse the plastic containers. they work fine, just flimsy and ugly haha

keeping the bare root shrubs in the containers sounds like a good idea to me. i don't know if them being bare root will make it risky though. but it will be great if you can move them out of bad weather until spring.

and with the indoor plants, i think using the containers in pots is a good idea too. just remember you might have to empty the decorative pots if they fill with water.

(Pam) Warren, CT(Zone 5b)

I save and re-use all nursery pots. Some I use when potting up seedlings as they need more room, some I use inside more decorative pots if I want to be able to move things around during the season as they go in and out of bloom, some I use the way you want to, to 'park' new plants until time to put them in the ground. They last until they fall apart; that's when I move the plants to something else. Usually they don't break until i diisturb them by removing whatever is in them. Hope this helps,

Pam

(Zone 5a)

There is no reason not to re-use the plastic pots, they will last until the plant outgrows them, not great looking so you can always sink them into something more decorative later. You should however always wash them thoroughly with soap and even a rinse of 10% bleach solution goes a long way to kill any harmful pests or disease they might be carrying.

Irving, TX

Quote from coastalzonepush :
i reuse the plastic containers. they work fine, just flimsy and ugly haha

keeping the bare root shrubs in the containers sounds like a good idea to me. i don't know if them being bare root will make it risky though. but it will be great if you can move them out of bad weather until spring.

and with the indoor plants, i think using the containers in pots is a good idea too. just remember you might have to empty the decorative pots if they fill with water.


Thank.u so much for your quik reply.......oh yeh, thats a good point u mentioned about emptying the pots, when water fills.

Irving, TX

Quote from Pfg :
I save and re-use all nursery pots. Some I use when potting up seedlings as they need more room, some I use inside more decorative pots if I want to be able to move things around during the season as they go in and out of bloom, some I use the way you want to, to 'park' new plants until time to put them in the ground. They last until they fall apart; that's when I move the plants to something else. Usually they don't break until i diisturb them by removing whatever is in them. Hope this helps,

Pam


Thanks for your reply.its such a good idea....hence forth i will use the nursery pots to plant the new plants, till they are ready to be planted in the ground

Irving, TX

Quote from Sensiblelynne :
There is no reason not to re-use the plastic pots, they will last until the plant outgrows them, not great looking so you can always sink them into something more decorative later. You should however always wash them thoroughly with soap and even a rinse of 10% bleach solution goes a long way to kill any harmful pests or disease they might be carrying.


Thank.u so much, for ur reply.

Its such a good point to wash them with soap and bleach....i could never think about it.

That helps a lot. Rinse was not enough !!!

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

I run the smaller pots through the dishwasher after rinsing them well. You can also "pretty" them up with spray paint....which does lengthen their "lifespan" a bit. And for some of the really large ones I have collected (20 gal size and above) I wrap them in peeled reed fencing cut to size. It is fairly inexpensive and looks nice and lasts for quite some time.

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(Zone 7a)

Jean, you're a genius! Thanks for the tip on the fencing. I will use that one next year for my bigger plastic pots.

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

(modest bow) Thanks Kwanjin....grin For $24 bux you get a sheet 6ft by 16 feet.....one fancy 20-30 gallon container can run upwards of $75. Plus, you can use clear polyurethane spray to help seal the reed and extend the life...or paint or stain to fit your decor....

(Zone 7a)

Absolutely! I have an Asian theme in the back and that will fit well.

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Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Too Cool.Glad ya can use the idea.

Irving, TX

Quote from themoonhowl :
I run the smaller pots through the dishwasher after rinsing them well. You can also "pretty" them up with spray paint....which does lengthen their "lifespan" a bit. And for some of the really large ones I have collected (20 gal size and above) I wrap them in peeled reed fencing cut to size. It is fairly inexpensive and looks nice and lasts for quite some time.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=19317848&findingMethod=rr


I never thought about washing the planters in dishwasher......

I already used 2 planters,and washed them thouroughly with the garden hose thoroughly.. They looked very clean from inside out.

I guess its not enough!

I will definately wash remaining with soap water.

You guys are genius.

I wish wash the

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

SunShineGlo, it is more about the spread of disease than removing dirt. There are tons of plant pathogens out there and nursery pots get exposed to a lot of possibilities for contamination.

When I have a lot of nursery pots to clean, I use my garden cart. After rinsing the visible dirt off, I add water and bleach (10% solution) and let the pots soak in the sun for an hour or so....anything beyond that and most of the chlorine will have broken down. Remove the pots, rinse well and they are ready to go. To avoid bleach burn, I let the cart sit overnight and then use the water to wash the drive way, adding a little extra with the hose.....

Irving, TX

Quote from themoonhowl :
SunShineGlo, it is more about the spread of disease than removing dirt. There are tons of plant pathogens out there and nursery pots get exposed to a lot of possibilities for contamination.

When I have a lot of nursery pots to clean, I use my garden cart. After rinsing the visible dirt off, I add water and bleach (10% solution) and let the pots soak in the sun for an hour or so....anything beyond that and most of the chlorine will have broken down. Remove the pots, rinse well and they are ready to go. To avoid bleach burn, I let the cart sit overnight and then use the water to wash the drive way, adding a little extra with the hose.....


Thanks for your tip..... I washed all the pots with bleach water soap.

Would let them dry . And plant tomorrow.

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

That will work.

Perth, Australia

Don't forget to add organic manure to the soil, as it boosts soil fertility, and when to want to put back your plants into garden don't forget to mix your soil with coco peat coir/bricks, it helps to hold water and has a greater water holding capacity.

Irving, TX

Quote from roborthudson :
Don't forget to add organic manure to the soil, as it boosts soil fertility, and when to want to put back your plants into garden don't forget to mix your soil with coco peat coir/bricks, it helps to hold water and has a greater water holding capacity.


Wow ! Thats great . I noted down, and do exactly ,.....thanks, appreciate it

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