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large urn filler

Posted by suga 5 (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 18, 13 at 11:55

I just got two large 35" urns. I obviously do not want to fill it with dirt. I know of filling it with shipping peanuts, but even this is not the right choice for me. I am going to plant Yew Shrubs in them so I will not be replanting them year after year. Any suggestions on what to put in the bottom half of these big planters?


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RE: large urn filler

  • Posted by WBDB Sunset 19 USDA 10a (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 18, 13 at 15:04

I use pea gravel or 3/4 rock. both are cheap and heavy. I like heavy filler for larger containers for wind stability. You probably won't be moving it around too much. I have read about some drainage concerns with the soil media / filler interface, but it has not been a problem for me. When you said dirt, I am assuming you meant Potting soil.


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RE: large urn filler

I never thought of using rock - good idea. I was considering filling the bottom half with empty plastic bottles ?? Then the yes use potting soil for the top half.


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RE: large urn filler

I never thought of using rock - good idea. I was considering filling the bottom half with empty plastic bottles ?? Then the yes use potting soil for the top half.


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RE: large urn filler

  • Posted by WBDB Sunset 19 USDA 10a (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 18, 13 at 18:08

Urn to me means tall rather than squat. Add to that the top heavy weight of the plant, and it's wind resistance makes it a candidate to fall over in wind. I move these types of plantings with a two wheeled dolly and use a bungee to hold the plant steady on the dolly.

I don't think a lightweight bottom filler in a tall pot will be good for stability.


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