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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
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
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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
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.
:::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
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.
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.
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...
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.