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Outdoor Copper Planter..any advice??

Posted by Vikulyan Oklahoma (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 19, 12 at 18:36

I am a new homeowner and new to gardening.. I purchased a set of copper planters and then realized they may not be the best for our HOT Oklahoma summers! :( I really like them and still would like to use them on my patio and in the entry of my home.

The largest measures W20.75" x D20.75"
I will be shopping for Spring plants soon and would like to plant some type of a Cordyline with Sweet Potato Vine in the large planter, which would be sitting on the corner of our garage, on top of pavers surrounded by rocks. I have a few questions before I do this...
-The planter does not have drainage holes. Would putting pebbles on the bottom be enough not to drown my plants or should I drill a hole? Or would either method be okay?
-Would the metal planter fry my plants in our heat..?
-Can I line the planter with a black garbage bag so that the roots are not touching the copper..?

Anyone have experience with metal planters??
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

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RE: Outdoor Copper Planter..any advice??

You might use them as cachepots. That way you could lift out the inner pot to dump out excess water. No amount of pebbles is going to protect against a drenching rain or an over-enthusiastic watering.

RE: Outdoor Copper Planter..any advice??

  • Posted by rina_ 6a Ont (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 19, 12 at 22:32

I have three iron planters/urns, they all have drainage holes. I also use them as cachepots. Plant your annuals into a light-colored plastic pot rather than black garbage bag.

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