I hope this is the right spot for this! I have quite a few areas around my porch and yard that are very shady and need some color. My quick and dirty fix for this is impatiens! Yes, I know, I'm the very first person to think of this. Anyway, on to the goods. I have been buying those green plastic hanging bags that are already prefilled with impatiens. I buy them from my local nursery for about $16 each. I buy several. Husband complains. I buy more and try to hide them. :(
So, I found seeds for the impatiens that I want to grow (my color choices were too limited at the nursery last year) and I'm going to start my own. My only problem was finding the bags. I could either find them by the case (do I *really* need 250 of them??) or not all. Well, this morning I found these: http://www.amazon.com/AFP5-ORIGINAL-Als-Flower-Pouch/dp/B0007LRQT0
For 94 cents and shipping, it ends up being about$1.70 for each bag (I bought 10). I already have several 40 lb bags of potting soil and seeds are fairly inexpensive. I'm not even close to the $150 I had invested last year.
MsKatt, do you have any pictures of the ones you've had before? Someone's kid at work was doing a fundraiser and I spent $15 on one that's supposed to be for strawberries. I was wondering about flowers in there, but I hadn't seen them before.
Please share any info you have about growth in those bags, and pictures would also be great. Do you hang them on the porch rail?
I only hung one on that post last summer, but I'm having DH put some hooks up so I can hang three. Then my post will be completely covered in impatiens.
I've found that they need to be watered ALOT. Mine was in a shady spot, but even then I needed to water it almost everyday. They are supposed to be great for strawberries, but I haven't grown anything but impatiens in them.
That is a really great price for those. I've seen them offered in the Thompson & Morgan catalog and they even have a section of seeds especially recommended for use with the Flower Pouches. I picked up a couple on clearance at Kmart a few years ago but haven't tried them yet. I live in a hot area and have tons of full sun. I plan to add some of the gel crystal for water retention and some of the coir, coco fiber to help as well. I've seen them offered somewhere with different sizes and varied number of planting holes. Really neat.
Thanks for the photo. Wow! That really looks great! I think I'll try the strawberries I overspent on (for a good cause) this year, see how it goes, and maybe try some flowers next year. I can easily picture those over my porch railing.
I like the straddle containers. I need several for the porch, but I thought maybe the bags were a better idea since I have so much porch. Those straddle things are expensive. See what I mean about a lot of porch?
Obviously it's a start-from-scratch operation. Last year I had pots with citrus trees and other things that sat on the porch itself, and flowers in the bed below, but hanging baskets and something for the railing are a necessity. Maybe this year? I was thinking MsKatt's hanging bags with some of those planters that straddle the railing (maybe that's not what pirl meant?) would be neat.
Received my hanging flower bags today! They are at least 50% bigger than the ones that I bought prefilled at the greenhouse! They feel quite sturdy and I'm sure if you wanted to attach two together at the handles to make saddle bags they would hold up!
I want to start planting!!!!!!! WAAAAAAHHHH. Just because it's -22...
Sixty-six below zero, huh? I'd be forced to stay in and do some more playing on DG. Bummer! LOL
Can you take pics of your flower bags, MsKatt? It's only a place like this this time of year where you can get people excited about something that came in the mail. Ha! Somehow I'm thinking your 40 pounds of soil isn't going to do it?
The plastic is quite heavy, I was surprised. I ran out to Meijer (midwest chain store...on the order of Walmart) and they had hanging flower bags (and of course I thought...just because I found a mailorder place, now they are selling them 1/2 mile from my house). They were NOT very sturdy, had only six openings and were about 20 inches long. They were $1.29 plus tax. I paid about 50 cents more, but ended up with a much better product (I'm glad to say).
I think I might hang one near my mailbox. I may have to order more!!
I have several shady spots so I'm going to do some in impatiens, for sure. I have no idea what I'm going to put in the ones that will go in the sunnier spots. I need to do some more research!! Something that either mounds or trails. If I end up doing my MILs fenceposts, they are *all* sunny. I saw a website (have to dig for it again, later) that had some interesting combinations that I would like to copy.
You guys are hard on me! Here I was going to wait to see what my strawberry bag does, and now I'm thinking I need a bunch of those great bags and some impatience and a bunch of stuff from Mischel's Greenhouses and...
I have the Thompson and Morgan bags. I believe they are the same ones/ size as the ones you recently ordered since they are almost 2 feet long and have 10 openings.
I have mostly full-sun so I put petunias in mine. Not even the wave ones, just regular old petunias. They looked great until it got really, really hot and I didn't keep up well with the watering. I filled mine with 1/2 potting soil and 1/2 coconut fiber. No matter what your climate, I'd recommend using some sort of water retention medium be it coconut fiber or water crystals. This year it won't be a problem for me because my new top-of-the-line irrigation system has drip emitters for all my pots/ bags.
T&M recommends the following plants for the bags: