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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 6, 2007
10:25 PM

Post #3470364

does anyone have these bloom master pots... this is my first year trying them out...(and new to containers as it is)... I am looking for any advice with there use... potting soil, best plants, ect

Allison

http://www.bloommaster.com/

PS... all the seedlings are in my dinning room because of a frost warning tonight

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Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

May 7, 2007
8:36 PM

Post #3473708

Those pots look interesting! I'll have to check out their prices tomorrow (while I'm hard at work)! lol

Which size do you have?

Nichole

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 7, 2007
8:44 PM

Post #3473735

I picked up the 2 - 11", 2 - 12" and the 20" box planter... I am thinking the 12" is going to be too heavy for anything I currently own... (not sure what these things are going to weigh once filled)... the box I am planning on just placing it on a bench or my retaining wall... but my honey is working on figuring out how to make a sturdier hanger for me

beside the list on the bloom master site... I found this one... had some good info on it

http://www.sideplanting.com/

(edit)
they do have the weights listed on the bloom master site...

http://www.bloommaster.com/productinfo.html

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carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 9, 2007
9:33 AM

Post #3478845

I think Tomtom knows about these type of containers; they have a similar product in Japan. Check here: http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/706215/

There was actually I group of DGers who were going to order some from Japan (because they felt they would give them results just like Tomtom's) - I don't know if it ever went through.

Here ends everything I know.

xxx, Carrie

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2007
2:44 AM

Post #3509447

well the 20" box planter is full... I will send updates as the season goes on

Allison

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onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2007
2:45 AM

Post #3509452

side shot

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onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2007
2:46 AM

Post #3509454

other side

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carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 18, 2007
11:26 PM

Post #3512233

Nice work, Allison!

xxxx, Carrie
gessiegail
Taft, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 18, 2007
11:38 PM

Post #3512261

I am fascinated at ordering this way.,..must check out the sites...good going
gail

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 19, 2007
2:32 AM

Post #3512873

Thanks... note if you are going to try this... can't plant anything larger than a 3" pot in the sides... big mistake I made... picked up some supertunias in the 5" ... figured they had two plants in each pot... separate them and boom two spots filled

not as easy as I thought... I had to remove all the dirt off the roots to get them to fit through the little side holes
Hoya_24
Waterville, VT
(Zone 4b)

May 19, 2007
10:32 AM

Post #3513373

If you are looking for a side planting hanging pot, also look at the plantopia hanging basket planters. There is a vendor on ebay who sells them. They will take a four or five inch pot out the side. It is the strongest and best made hanging basket that I have personally seen.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 19, 2007
2:11 PM

Post #3513792

thanks hoya... will have to look into that

edit - I checked them out... very nice thank you... might pick some up for next year

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 25, 2007
8:56 PM

Post #3535537

well... this is what I have so far... we did end up putting new posts in for the hangers... the metal ones I had were not going to cut it

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onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 25, 2007
8:59 PM

Post #3535542

2nd one

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 30, 2007
12:20 AM

Post #3550438

3 week update on the box planter

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 30, 2007
12:21 AM

Post #3550441

left side

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onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 30, 2007
12:22 AM

Post #3550443

right side... not full yet... but getting there

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carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2007
1:55 PM

Post #3552305

Allison,

Those are looking FABULOUS!!! Not the least part due to your careful babying of those plants! (Mine are looking a little crispy around the edges... And none of my containers look anything like as full and lush and happy as yours do.) Congratulations - you made it work!

xxx, Carrie

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 30, 2007
2:10 PM

Post #3552356

it helps to put the polymer gels in containers to avoid crispy stuff... watering them twice a day doesn't hurt either

:)

but thanks

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2007
2:27 PM

Post #3552426

ROFLMAO! Yeah, I guess watering more often might help. I'll have to give that a try. Seriously, now, how are you finding those gels? I have some but I'm afraid to use too much, and then who knows?

xxx, Carrie

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 30, 2007
2:34 PM

Post #3552443

when the roots in pots are not formed yet it could be a problem if you use too much... they work there way up to the surface... but well rooted plants :::knock on wood:::: i have seen no other problems

when we had 4 or 5 inches of rain in a day a lot of them popped up to the surface of the pots

but I really do think they help... next year I am going to try and grind them up to a smaller size... some just get too large

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2007
2:48 PM

Post #3552490

Last spring, 2006, we got as much rain in 6 weeks as we're supposed to get in 6 months! We started building arks! It washed away everything. Plants in containers without holes drowned. Plants in containers with holes inside other containers drowned too. Seeds washed away. Plants in containers with holes did ok, if they were jungle plants!

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 30, 2007
2:58 PM

Post #3552528

that's a terrible story... sorry to hear that... I would have been crying... a lot of work goes into what we do... but then again last year groundhogs ate everything I had... you just never know

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2007
3:04 PM

Post #3552559

My elephant ears was HUGE!

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 20, 2007
12:00 AM

Post #3635076

6 weeks

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onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 20, 2007
12:00 AM

Post #3635080

.

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 20, 2007
12:02 AM

Post #3635085

,

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 20, 2007
12:03 AM

Post #3635088

back yard

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 20, 2007
12:03 AM

Post #3635089

other one

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onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 20, 2007
12:04 AM

Post #3635093

close up

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 20, 2007
12:05 AM

Post #3635101

shady ones

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onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 20, 2007
12:05 AM

Post #3635107

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soulgardenlove
Marietta, GA
(Zone 7b)

June 20, 2007
11:12 AM

Post #3636398

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Allison... you sold me!!!
Beautiful!
Lovely!! I must own them now!!

Susan

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 20, 2007
11:46 AM

Post #3636479

Just remember you can only plant 2" or 3" pots in the tiny holes

:)
soulgardenlove
Marietta, GA
(Zone 7b)

June 20, 2007
2:19 PM

Post #3636925

Did you pay full retail for them?? I saw they are a little pricey.. I know they will last forever, just had thoughts of trying to make some of my own possibly??

Susan

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 20, 2007
2:45 PM

Post #3637016

yes i did... i picked them up over the winter

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 7, 2007
8:59 PM

Post #3707960

another update for ya

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onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 7, 2007
9:00 PM

Post #3707963

the shady one

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onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 7, 2007
9:01 PM

Post #3707966

front

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 7, 2007
9:01 PM

Post #3707968

one side

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onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 7, 2007
9:02 PM

Post #3707971

and the other

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carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 7, 2007
10:21 PM

Post #3708271

Those are looking mighty nice! My DH was just wondering why our planters don't hang down like other peoples.

Do you have plants growing straight up from the top? All of bloommasters' were the same shape, no matter what they planted. Yours are more interesting because they don't all have the same silhouette. Good work, Allison. You must have spent a good hunk of change for those, according to the prices they show.

x, C

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 8, 2007
4:43 AM

Post #3709721

there are things planted on the top and sides... hate to say this but anything on hand got thrown into them... I ran out of plants... not very good planning on my part... that's why they are so colorful... i planned on having one with the coral and greens and one with purples and yellows... BUT... whatever I had on hand got put in there... hopefully next year I can plan these things out a bit better... I am assuming they trim those plants to have the perfect round shape for the photos

I don't mind spending money on something I can use over and over ... I figured they are all made from plastic and should last quite some time... yes expensive but I thought they were worth it

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 8, 2007
2:43 PM

Post #3710625

Are they heavy enough to reuse?
I like your planters better than theirs!

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 8, 2007
2:51 PM

Post #3710659

yes very thick plastic... they feel very strong... and weigh a ton when filled
staceysmom
(GayLynn) Appleton, WI
(Zone 5a)

July 9, 2007
4:41 AM

Post #3713629

Beautiful! Gotta get me some!
soulgardenlove
Marietta, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 15, 2007
8:08 AM

Post #3737749

lovely!!

a must have and a must do!! :)

Susan

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 15, 2007
8:53 AM

Post #3737763

I am getting more compliments from the neighbors with this one... the one actually said thanks for making our block more beautiful

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dmac085
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7a)

July 15, 2007
11:07 AM

Post #3737845

Question: What is the tall dark red flower in the back right hand side of the last photo?

Your planters are beautiful. My favorite container so far is one with a dark red/dark green coleus which is about 1 foot tall and has bushed out, a hot pink mini wave petunia and a gold lantana. The butterflies are all over the latana.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

July 16, 2007
9:49 AM

Post #3741307

an annual coreopsis

http://www.dianeseeds.com/coreopsis-dwarf-red.html

the yellow ones in my basket are biddens golden eye... they just get bigger and bigger... but next year I am going to get some latana ... I was at a nursery over the weekend and they smell wonderful

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 7, 2007
12:02 AM

Post #3826166

seemed to be time for an update... the petunias are kind of leggy but not terrible

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onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 7, 2007
12:03 AM

Post #3826171

funny how the plants are taking turns blooming

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 7, 2007
12:04 AM

Post #3826173

can't believe it is touching the ground already

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 7, 2007
12:05 AM

Post #3826175

last month this was my fav... now... not so much

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 7, 2007
12:07 AM

Post #3826182

i do like the purple & lime greens together

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 7, 2007
12:08 AM

Post #3826185

this might be a nicer shot of the last one

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 7, 2007
12:09 AM

Post #3826192

the left side of this one is kind of lopsided now that the petunias are crazy

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 7, 2007
12:10 AM

Post #3826196

this month... this one is my favorite

:::edit:::: believe it or not I ran out of plants and i stuck one of my floppy strawflowers i started from seed (too early i might add) just to fill the empty spot... and that's what grew at a 90 degree angle and is sticking out the back... the real tall one

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carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

August 8, 2007
6:52 PM

Post #3833325

So, onewish, overall, you're happy with your new planters?

xxxx, Carrie

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 9, 2007
12:05 AM

Post #3834434

i can say a big ole yes... just wish i planted bushier plants in the tops... like coleus ... to fill the gaps the petunias made
oriole
Mifflintown, PA
(Zone 6a)

August 9, 2007
3:16 PM

Post #3836226

Sure are some nice planters.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 29, 2007
2:51 PM

Post #4030410

last shots of ratty fall look

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onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 29, 2007
2:52 PM

Post #4030415

real ratty... i took cuttings off these last week... sure that doesn't help

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onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 29, 2007
2:52 PM

Post #4030423

box

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onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 29, 2007
2:53 PM

Post #4030425

I had a hard time getting a clear shot of these two

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 29, 2007
3:00 PM

Post #4030443

I've used these for a couple of years. I inserted a tube with holes in the middle to help divert the water to all the side plants

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 29, 2007
3:02 PM

Post #4030448

A mix

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 29, 2007
3:06 PM

Post #4030462

that's a great idea... thank you

Joanne how many plants did you put in the last picture?

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soulgardenlove
Marietta, GA
(Zone 7b)

September 29, 2007
6:24 PM

Post #4030902

Love it!~
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 29, 2007
7:26 PM

Post #4031108

There's 2 Red Million Bells(Calibrachoas)- top, 1 Yellow Million Bells- top & 8 White Alyssum - side. For full sun plants, I found that It worked better for a hanging basket to have the alyssum along the sides. Last year I had planted all petunias & the ones along the side were shaded & more stunted than those on top. The alyssum is along a little more drought tolerant than others, so it worked well.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 29, 2007
7:40 PM

Post #4031153

I am thinking less is going to be more too... none of them got real big... I think I planted too many

but I think adding those water gels between each layer helped... just think I am not going to over crowd them so much next year
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

September 29, 2007
9:21 PM

Post #4031391

I found the best thing to do for planters is adding the Smart-cote slow release fertilizer, a little @ each level.. I some how missed on container & it was very obvious. I lined each side hole & also added a top layer for mulch of Spagham Moss. It seemed to help retain moisture.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

September 29, 2007
10:34 PM

Post #4031551

Allison, I can't get over the coleus in your first "ratty" picture. Not only is it a fantastic color, it actually seems to be trailing... Is there really a trailing coleus?

Coleus was the first ornamental plant, by which I mean not a vegetable, I was introduced to thirty-plus years ago. To my recollection, it was GREEN, right? I got a lot of coleus in different colors and sizes at the NE Round-Up at Kassia's in the spring, and now I'm a fan. But yours really seems to be trailing!! Or maybe it's just the bloom-master effect... Inquiring minds...

xxx, Carrie

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 30, 2007
3:49 AM

Post #4032520

oh yes... lots of trailing coleus

the one with the purple edges is Coleus 'Trailing Plum Brocade'

and this is the site I bought them on... the shipping was great and it lists if they are upright mounding or trailing


http://www.rosydawngardens.com/coleus_catalog_S_Z.htm

edit -- the pictures on rosey dawn aren't that great... to get a better picture I put it in a search and found photos elsewhere... but in this post the photo shows a better/healthier shot

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=3826196

the other two are Coleus 'Strawberry Drop' it also trails
and
Coleus 'Trailing Salamander'

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carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

September 30, 2007
1:23 PM

Post #4033058

Oh, my word, Allison, I had no idea there were that many zillions of coleus varieties! I guess it makes sense, since I know they make 'sports' easily from seed. But oh my goodness! Too bad their shipping season is over, or I would be tempted. Put better, good thing their shipping season is over, or I would be out some serious change for coleus. Are you taking cuttings to grow inside? They'll grow inside, right?

And Allison, you should have got 'Allison', a rosydawn favorite variety! My best friend's mother just taught me about pinching to promote bushiness; she NEVER mentioned all those colors and sizes and shapes!

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

October 1, 2007
9:55 AM

Post #4035983

yes I took some cuttings and might try and bring them in and see how they grow... as long as they get enough sun they usually spring back once back outside... I had a few that didn't fair well because I only have one south window (over my kitchen sink, worthless) and one good window in winter in the east (that window is shaded in the summer with the trees).. but after a few months the color and health came back in spring

cuttings usually have better color the next season... I read somewhere the new growth is usually healthier... also to take cuttings of my cuttings in early winter for the ones going to be used next season... but trust me doing this only one time before this... I am no expert

might have to pick up the 'Allison' next year... I didn't see that until I sent you the link and browsed again

:)
ebhuval
Covington, LA
(Zone 8b)

May 6, 2008
7:00 PM

Post #4915019

I have just pruchased the bloom master 20" planter - I am having a hard time finding a variety of plants in cell packs - where did you get them - or did you grow them from seed?

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 6, 2008
9:13 PM

Post #4915566

I had the same problem last year... even some of the 4" high and skinny root trainer size were too big... I squeezed a few in... so this year I grew more from seeds & cuttings for it ... some of the larger ones I slipped through the inside but if the plants were too big that didn't work either... a couple of the petunias were so big I split the tops of the plant between two holes at the top... LOL... just made do
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 6, 2008
10:16 PM

Post #4915811

I bought flats of annuals from Costco. They were small, so it worked well.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 27, 2008
1:24 AM

Post #5007689

started this years up... link is below

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/853798/
guardenguy007
Vernal, UT

September 5, 2008
1:42 AM

Post #5509696

Hello every one

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onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

September 5, 2008
3:23 AM

Post #5510092

looks great...I don't feel so alone now... that's for sure!... good job!
soulgardenlove
Marietta, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 7, 2008
4:14 AM

Post #5866746

Awesome!
guardenguy007
Vernal, UT

December 29, 2008
1:31 AM

Post #5937711

Hello every one my name is marty im with Bloom Master planter corp Please feel free to ask any questions

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carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

December 29, 2008
1:41 AM

Post #5937762

Hi Marty!

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

December 29, 2008
4:00 AM

Post #5938296

hello Marty... :::: were not worthy:::: :::: were not worthy::::

:)

love your product!
soulgardenlove
Marietta, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 29, 2008
2:16 PM

Post #5939141

ohhhhh Marty.. I feel lust...

Sorry.. your cute, but it's for the flowers :)

Susan
Pamgarden
Central, VA
(Zone 7b)

January 15, 2009
9:27 PM

Post #6009632

Wow, Simply amazing. I was driving through Waynesboro, VA and saw the most beautiful baskets, not as large as the one you're standing beside, Marty, but so lush, full of flowers and it was high summer during a drought. They must have been Master Bloom. Can you explain what you used to achieve the look you have there?

Allison, what are you doing for 2009? I must have one or two of the smaller ones.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 16, 2009
12:47 AM

Post #6010295

I was actually thinking of picking up a couple more myself... I like them so much better than those others I bought last year

but more coleus is the plan... they just take off in these planters

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 16, 2009
6:16 PM

Post #6012932

More coleus, oh Queen?
lizzipa
Emerald Hills, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 16, 2009
7:12 PM

Post #6013142

Okay, I'm sold! Your containers are beautiful, onewish, & I love the combinations you've planted.

I wonder if Bloom master would consider a quantity discount for DG members? Some other vendors have done this, in the past. Then, we could all buy more. What do you think Marty?

Liz

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 17, 2009
3:06 AM

Post #6014964

I would love that!

and yes Carrie... I NEED MORE COLEUS

;)

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Pamgarden
Central, VA
(Zone 7b)

January 18, 2009
9:14 PM

Post #6020776

Allison, You must be very diligent with watering your containers. The coleus in the terracotta pots look really well cared for.

I wonder if Gardenguy from Bloom Master looks in on this thread regularly. I would certainly like to hear that they would offer a discount, although I'll probably wind up buying a couple anyway as we get closer to spring.

Pam

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 18, 2009
9:25 PM

Post #6020817

yes but i am not sure if you want to call it diligent or that I am OCD

:)

but thank you!... and I cheated a bit in those pots... there are childrens plastic sand buckets with holes drilled in them ... inserted into the terracotta to help with the evaporation ... if you look close you can see the blue rim poking out the top

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 19, 2009
5:12 PM

Post #6024203

You are definitely OCD, Allison! No question in my mind about that one! (And you said it, not me.)

But that's not cheating, that's doing what works, and taking better care of yours than I did of mine. (They had enough water, it was just too early to be outside.) The ones I brought inside (some are yours) are doing splendidly.
lizzipa
Emerald Hills, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 19, 2009
5:54 PM

Post #6024383

Onewish, this is my year to completely start over with my containers - ie. I've been adding to & re-doing the same containers for 4 years, so this year, I need to pull everything out & start over. I'm definitely including coleus, now that I've seen your beautiful pots. And I'm defintely buying a couple of the bloom master planters - more than a couple if we can wrangle a discount.

Liz
bluekat76
Ijamsville, MD
(Zone 6b)

January 19, 2009
6:06 PM

Post #6024442

I am thinking these take lots of water and regular fertilizing to look so good so they are not low maintenance right? What kind of schedule do you have Allison?

-Kim

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 19, 2009
7:19 PM

Post #6024801

I use the water retaining gels... and slow release fertilizer pellets... my normal routine is to go and walk the yard every day after work... while i am there I check the containers... I use lots and lots of containers... bad ground and rocks... lots of retaining wall to park them on too... towards the middle - end of summer I usually start using a liquid fertilizer because with the bloom masters I like to really flood them to get the air down to the bottom... i saw a few people who put pvc pipe with holes drilled in them to distribute the water easier ... but I haven't done that yet... I usually water them until they start draining out... wait 10 mins and do it again

the nicest part... is my honey ran a pvc pipe along the back of our retaining wall... and put two hoses for me... one on each side of the wall

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 19, 2009
7:21 PM

Post #6024813

in the past I used a watering can... and had to walk 1/2 way down my yard to fill it... took me three times longer to go through the process

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 19, 2009
7:24 PM

Post #6024838

so the boom masters are not really a problem... since I am watering everything else... but this year we are installing drip lines to all my containers... so now I can just come home and take a relaxing walk instead of watering

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bluekat76
Ijamsville, MD
(Zone 6b)

January 19, 2009
7:35 PM

Post #6024890

That is a lot of containers! Must be a long walk. I am going to use a homemade potting mix this year with coir added to help hold water. A few of those gel granules couldn't hurt either.

Thanks for the pics.
-Kim

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 19, 2009
7:40 PM

Post #6024914

I usually mix the gels up in the soil for every layer... near the roots in the center

with the watering can it took me an hour and a half to water everything... last year with the hoses.. a half hour

I have more containers in the front of my house... but here is another part of the wall

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Pamgarden
Central, VA
(Zone 7b)

January 20, 2009
6:27 PM

Post #6028677

That water retaining gel really worked well for me in containers last summer. I still had to water pretty much daily, but during our long drought they at least stayed moist enough to make it through the hottest part of the day without wilting. Allison what a lovely garden to come home to.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 21, 2009
3:13 AM

Post #6030518

thank you... I have been only gardening for about 4 years now... still learning a lot

yes I would agree about the gels... still had to water every day... but lowered the stress level towards the end of summer
MainManJoe
Berne, IN

March 20, 2009
5:07 PM

Post #6295299

Bloom masters are an excellent product. However it is a bit dirty during the planting stage. You will be well please with these planters. Here is an excellent source for Bloom Masters, http://www.gardenharvestsupply.com/category/bloom-master-container-growing
denisemb
Ocala, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 22, 2009
1:43 AM

Post #6301568

MMJoe - those ARE good prices. I just paid $2 more each for the 10" planters. Used impatiens and I'm eager to see how it turns out.

justaguy2
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

March 29, 2009
5:38 AM

Post #6334260

The prices for these things are outrageous. Why not just buy a normal plastic container, a 1+" drill bit and make your own? Nothing unique about the product other than lots of holes all over the pot.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 29, 2009
10:29 AM

Post #6334476

there was an article about that

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1290/

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