Using mulch in containers?

PunkRotten(9b)September 8, 2011

Hi,

Is it wise to use mulch in containers? I was under this impression you wanted pots to drain well, but at the same time they need more waterings cause they dry out faster. I put about 2 inches of mulch in a pot with a pepper plant. Should I leave it or take it out?

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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Howdy!

What kind of mulch?

I use a fir bark mulch in my pepper containers and my citrus containers.
However, I don't go deeper than about an inch, so I'd recommend removing some.

Can you post a picture?

Josh

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 7:11PM
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PunkRotten(9b)

The mulch is from the city. They collect plant clippings from home and then it is turned into mulch. I can probably get a pic up in a little bit.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 7:55PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Thanks, but no pic required.
I saw a bit of the mulch in the pepper Thread. I would not recommend using that mulch in a pot.
At this point, however, the issue is the original soil.

Josh

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 8:13PM
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juku(5b)

I've been mixing 35/65 cedar mulch/top soil since last april with great result. The soil really drained out. Everythings grew and grew! last year i only top soil and was strugling with root rot and black flies.
I have about 60 pots of fruit trees, curry leafs, rare citrus, etc. In 3,4 and 5 gallons size.

Cheers!

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 8:16PM
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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

Mulch helps keeping moisture in pots and should be used 2-4 inches deep.I use pine bark or shredded newsprint paper

    Bookmark   September 9, 2011 at 1:55AM
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sagesprout

Mulch as a top dressing is okay, but I would not add mulch into the potting mix or at the bottom of the pot because it's too heavy for the roots.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 3:21PM
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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

"Mulch as a top dressing is okay, but I would not add mulch into the potting mix or at the bottom of the pot because it's too heavy for the roots."

If you put it in the bottom it wouldn't be mulch.
In agriculture and gardening, mulch is a protective cover placed over the soil to retain moisture, reduce erosion, provide nutrients, and suppress weed growth and seed germination.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2011 at 3:20AM
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