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tropicalnut777
Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

February 8, 2013
7:26 AM

Post #9411963

im looking for really big plastic pots.. mostly for potting up
my biggest amorphophallus corms.. plastic pots in 40 gal + size
not the squat ones.. but with some height..
im in utah..but open to have them shipped in if i have to..
much thanks...

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 8, 2013
8:38 AM

Post #9412028

OMG Those are big. I love containers but only know of K-Mart 20 inch dia ones. They must be 15 gal maybe.
Can you Google? especially the size?
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

February 12, 2013
3:39 PM

Post #9416964

Buy big trash cans from Ace Hardware - they are less than $10.
fordpickup
Clinton, IN

February 12, 2013
4:24 PM

Post #9417015


You might check with some of the local ranchs, some buy tubs of minerals for the livestock. They may not be as large as you want but it would be a start. The trashcan idea also sounds good, some have wheels. Good luck. Fred
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 12, 2013
4:41 PM

Post #9417024

My drycleaner gets chemicals in what look like half barrels. He saved a bunch and used them as planters in front of his business. also you might get food barrels and cut them in half. Also some nurseries or landscape services discard tree containers after an installation. You might ask about saving them for you.

speediebean

speediebean
Somewhere in, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 13, 2013
3:20 AM

Post #9417393

I second what Steadycam says about asking a local nursery/landscape business to save some of their containers for you. Many will do that, including the nursery where I work. We make it a habit to save containers because there are always customers who come in needing one (or 3) of a certain size... DEFINITELY worth checking into!!
tropicalnut777
Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

February 13, 2013
2:13 PM

Post #9417989

thanks all.. i appreciate your clues ..:)
also good excuse to start running around the nurseries..
lol
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

February 13, 2013
7:20 PM

Post #9418369

Very large landscape companies have them also. When I need some, I call my landscape's main office. They are usually just piled up in the back area of the company. They actually delivered them to me.

speediebean

speediebean
Somewhere in, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 14, 2013
2:55 AM

Post #9418525

WOW Worms, that is some EXCELLENT service! Gotta love it!! =)

Nut, (heehee, do you mind if I call you "Nut"?) you need an excuse to start visiting nurseries!?!? Hahahahahaaa!! < =D
tropicalnut777
Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

February 14, 2013
4:05 PM

Post #9419235

lol..i think my neighbours think im nuts..:)
i plant lettuce,spinach when theres snow on the ground..
i plant 100s of tropical plants every yr..
i compost like no ones business
im cool with nut :)

speediebean

speediebean
Somewhere in, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 15, 2013
3:59 AM

Post #9419574

Thank you, Nut! =) (heehee, that name just sends me into gales of giggles!)

I'm quite certain my neighbors think I'm nuts too, but probably for different reasons. Might have something to do with singing LOUDLY while I've got my iPod plugged into my head (and it's often Latino music that I'm singing, HA!). =)
tropicalnut777
Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

February 15, 2013
7:54 AM

Post #9419802

lol..way to go speedie !!!
one thing were not.. boring..:)
i tell my neighbours..if we ever have flooding here..and im high
ground here.. im selling tickets..:) LOL
im getting some good ideas from posts here on "making" my own
huge pots.. big 55gal heavy plastic garbage cans look like a possible
good way to go..
and putting in calls to local landscaping places..
i gather up plastic pots every yr..and sure enough..i always have uses
for them..
some i give offshoots/separations to plants to friends..and pot them up
in 2 gal pots..luckily they do find their way home..
speedie..u keep singin your music !!!!!!!!!!!
fordpickup
Clinton, IN

February 15, 2013
11:04 AM

Post #9419953


Around here 55 gal. plastic barrels sell for $10, cut them in two and you have 2 - 25 gal. pots put some drain holes in and your good to go. good luck Fred.

speediebean

speediebean
Somewhere in, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 16, 2013
1:42 PM

Post #9421125

... I wonder how one of those really big square trash cans on wheels would work for you.. you'd be able to move it around more easily, AND you'd have great drainage with the clearance from the ground. Just an idea. =)

Hey, how are your spinach and lettuce doing!? < =)
tropicalnut777
Provo, UT
(Zone 5a)

February 16, 2013
6:20 PM

Post #9421393

great ideas.. much thanks.. ive been at several big box stores..
and getting a ton of ideas.. never would have thought of without u all
:) thanks..
i was almost going to start lettuce/spinach today.. temps in south facing
area next to house are staying around mid 40sF early morning..so..i think
it'll be safe to start.. this has been a really COLD winter here..
im so ready for spring.. :)
again.. thanks for all ideas..and thoughts here...

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

February 21, 2013
3:49 PM

Post #9427084

A big box store or concrete yard might have concrete-mixing troughs. HD had some that were VERY heavy-duty but not super-expensive.
fordpickup
Clinton, IN

February 23, 2013
12:53 PM

Post #9429041


What about going to a farm store and checking on watering troughs for cattle or horses. Some of them are up to 3ft. tall and 3 to 8 ft. wide. Good luck, Fred

speediebean

speediebean
Somewhere in, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 24, 2013
3:52 AM

Post #9429567

Wow Fred, that's a great idea!! Sounds a LOT more attractive than a trash can! =)

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