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suggestions for tall plant for urn?

Posted by drymanhattan 7 (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 18, 14 at 10:52

I have several tall (2-3 feet high) urns without drainage holes that I am thinking of using for water/bog plants. I would appreciate suggestions, along with instructions for how to plant them -- i.e., fill the urn to what level with gravel, peat, water? Thank you!


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RE: suggestions for tall plant for urn?

See-- http://www.hgtv.com/gardening/bog-garden-in-a-pot/index.html

http://www.instructables.com/id/Bog-Garden-For-Carnivorous-Plants/

But I would use a peat/sand mixture.

There are lots of different plants that can be used. Some pitcher plants get tall, papyrus, iris, reeds. I think that you could make a beautiful bog planter. Look at images under 'Container Bog Garden' It will give you lots of ideas. It gave me some ideas. :c)


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RE: suggestions for tall plant for urn?

For a tall plant, I like umbrella palm. But they grow fast and you would need to thin it every year or 2. It might be best for you to plant whatever you end up choosing in a pot, inside the urn. That would make it easier to take out and thin regularly.


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Thank you both for your suggestions. As for the sand and peat mixture, can I use any sand? and can I use crumbling, rotted logs in place of peat? No need for any soil in the mix?


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RE: suggestions for tall plant for urn?

I would just use plain garden soil. That seems to be best for water plants.


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I like the peat moss/sand mixture best because it doesn;t smell bad. As long as there is no fish--they would stir up a mess.


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In the case of the peat moss & sand - that's it? No soil at all? Just mix the two, 50-50, into a slurry? How about fertilizer?


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Giant horsetail, Equisetum hyemale is rather elegant


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RE: suggestions for tall plant for urn?

Peat moss and sand mixture 4 to 1 ratio. It is a moist mixture that hold together when you pick up a handful and squeeze. My bog garden has some slow drainage. I have pitcher plants, iris, sweet grass, hosta and moss growing in it.


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RE: suggestions for tall plant for urn?

One of the best planting suggestions I ever heard was on a show called "Gardening by the Yard" They said in each pot you should have a thriller, spillers, and fillers.

Thriller is a tall, dramatic plant
Spillers hang over the edge of the pot for a natural look
Fillers...well, fill in the space between.

Since I started using those guidelines, my pot gardens all look much better, including in my ponds.


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