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Container Gardening: rusted tin cans

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Olympia, WA

June 27, 2001
10:08 PM

Post #7312

i found some cute 3-5? gallon tin buckets that i would love to plant in. however, the inside is rusted. will the rust affect the plants? or should i paint it over with something?
Santa Barbara, CA

June 28, 2001
2:28 AM

Post #87791

The iron rust is unlikely to be a problem to the plants. The rusting will accelerate with plants so you may find the containers falling apart after a short time if the metal is thin or already mostly oxidized.

If you paint, be sure to ask for a non-toxic paint.
Noblesville, IN
(Zone 5a)

August 16, 2001
9:27 PM

Post #111452

Some plants even like the rust. I know my Grandmother grew the most wonderful African Violets in rusty coffee cans.
Brings back such pleasant memories of a wonderful woman.
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

October 14, 2001
2:41 AM

Post #146244

you could always leave the plant in a pot that would fit snugly inside the can if you're worried about the rust.

St. Thomas, ON
(Zone 5b)

October 14, 2001
3:56 AM

Post #146273

I have an old coal bucket that I plant begonia's in and the poor thing is falling apart from rust, so I've been doing what Lilith suggested and it works fine, and I still have the effect of the old pot.
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

October 14, 2001
2:51 PM

Post #146453

you could always line it with polythene too, that would work, just as long as you put some drainage holes in. i think the coal bucket would look quite attractive falling apart like that, just make sure you get a pot close to the colour of the container as you may see it through the holes, lol


January 18, 2002
8:40 PM

Post #195208

i like the idea of lining the pots etc...wooden ones as well just to make them last still get the same effect as your secret is hidden inside...
good ideas friends...

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