2nd try for picture of dish garden

susiequeJune 13, 2006

I hope this works!

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tcharles26(usa texas)

I guess it worked. If I am supposed to be looking at a picture of two totally unremarkable plants in a salad bowl. If I was supposed to see something cool it failed miserably.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2006 at 1:47AM
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So pretty susieque! I love the color combo. I too am a huge fan of the sweet potato vine for color. Good job!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2006 at 6:37AM
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Very pretty combination. I've been putting different things with the sweet potato vines every year, and it's always rewarding.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2006 at 7:39AM
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What is the large green leaf? Is it Sweet Potato Vine (I saw someone mention it in one of the responses.) Just curious...when did you pot them, and how often have you been watering them? I'm always afraid of the smaller pots drying out before I can get to them.
Thanks for the pictures.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2006 at 9:09AM
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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

susiequeue - Last year, one of my sisters did an identical planting as that, but did it in a small plastic urn and put some dracena spikes in the middle (also I think she had a smaller pink & green coleus in there but towards the back):

It really did nicely in a north-facing location!

Since the sweet potato vine grows pretty rampantly and trails, you might want to raise your "dish" (bowl) up on something to allow it to do that.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2006 at 10:15AM
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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

nancyjeanmc - that green-leaf vine is probably the 'Margurite' (or similar names) variety of the sweet potato vine, which seems to be the most common one I've seen sold with that lime-green color. The most common dark-leafed one is usually 'Blackie' (this one needs a good amount of sun to maintain the dark color or it will start turning green if in shadier spots).

They do like water when they get to growing and will wilt pretty quick to let you know they're thirsty. But I think if you do plan to jam alot in with it, you might want to try some of those polymer crystal products (like Soilmoist) to hold moisture in the soil. These eventually form tubers, so don't be surprised when you go to pull them out at the end of the season and find a pot full of them!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2006 at 10:42AM
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thanks, Jenny. I'm definitely a novice, but this whole web site gets me so excited to try!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2006 at 12:25PM
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That's a sweet display. I'm just learning to do pics myself and you done good!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2006 at 1:05PM
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I'm relieved that I have finally learned how to post a
picture!! Thanks for all the nice comments! Jenny, the
urn arrangement is so pretty! I would like to have a very big urn in which to put this mix of plants. They are very expensive, so I might have to improvise. I'm using one of those wooden barrel pots, but it isn't really big enough.
Nancy, I planted the container garden about a month ago, and
at that time, the plants were not too big. I bought the
s. pot. vine and the coleus at Lowes. They were in 4-6 in.
pots. I do know, for sure, that I need to raise it off
the ground & repot very soon. Within the last couple of
weeks, I decided to take out my large aquarium and I watered
all my plants several times with the water. I had heard
that plants like fish tank water! I would like to have
room to plant a large caladium in the mix. They are one
of my favorite plants.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2006 at 9:34PM
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