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ImageKatg
Feb 3, 2010 11:58 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Post photo's of your Large Containers and tell us what kind of plants you used.

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Imageshirley
Apr 16, 2010 7:20 AM CST
Name: shirleyt thompson
Pearl River, Louisiana
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Hey Kat. Here is a pic of my all time favorite. I sadly lost it this winter. It was too large for me too move. I now wish I would have hired someone to move it to the green house. I had this for some twenty years. In 2005 I did not bring it in and it froze back. One little sprig survived from the root system and away it went. I hope it will do the same this time but it is not looking good. It was much colder for much longer this time. This is the last pic I took of it this past summer.shirleyt

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ImageKatg
Apr 16, 2010 9:58 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Oh Shirley:
Beautiful photo and what a shame! I had similar things happen this year to many of my large containers! I have to tell you though...don't give up hope yet! I had 2 planters (plumeria pudica and a jatropha) that a couple of weeks ago I was thinking of taking to the curb! All of a sudden this week I am seeing these tiny little green leaves and I can't believe it! I know it's hard looking at the dismal looking plant...but there's a good chance it's going to come back with some good warmth and sunshine. Scrape the trunk and see if it's still green underneath. That's usually a good indicator.

Hang in there!

ImageKatg
Apr 17, 2010 3:39 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Take a peek Shirley! 2 weeks ago I would have said there was NO WAY this plant was coming back! Hurray!

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Imageyardqueen1948
Apr 22, 2010 8:36 PM CST
Name: Carol
East Texas/ Zone8a
Kat,

What is that plant?
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Imageshirley
Apr 23, 2010 6:39 AM CST
Name: shirleyt thompson
Pearl River, Louisiana
Beginners At Art
Hey Kat. I really hate that I lost it. I am kicking myself everyday and am literally in mourning for it. I cut it back like I did last time it froze and added more good soil and planted dipt in wine around the edges. That way the root systems are still there and it can all come back and make me happy. Dreaming. My daughter says we should just go buy another one. She does not understand that it is not the same. I am still on hold over my giant fern that I had for a really long time also. It took a long time to come back last year. I no longer have space for it inside because a cat litter box took over the space. Poor lilttle kitty was dumped in my front flower bed. I have a greenhouse but they are too heavy for me too move. That is the drawback with doing big containers. Give winter and placement some thought before investing in big containers. We all know it is an investment.
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ImageKatg
Apr 23, 2010 11:06 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Carol - That's a Jatropha Multifida. It sure looked completely dead and it's going to take some time, but I think it will come back. It's a really pretty plant but kind of looks like Marijuana growing!

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ImageKatg
Apr 23, 2010 11:16 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Shirley...are you sure it's gone? I understand how you feel about losing plants...I lost quite a few favorites this year. But, maybe you should just try something new you've never had before. It can be quite a new experience and actually can be wondrous! I do this sometimes and plants I really thought I didn't like...turn out to be my favorites.

I also understand the problem with big pots as they are difficult to move. Have you ever seen those trays with wheels underneath where you can roll them? I wish you had some help. Let me know how you make out!

Kat

Imageshirley
May 6, 2010 2:54 PM CST
Name: shirleyt thompson
Pearl River, Louisiana
Beginners At Art
Kat yeah some of the things I thought were history are coming back. My yellow trumpet tree is finally putting out. My big container fern now has fiddle heads around the edges. My giant tropical plant bulb has been found as it came up in a pot in the GH. Something green is starting to show at the ficus roots but I have been unable to ID it yet. So hope springs eternal. Lesson learned. Do not give up and dig in to pots too quickly. Give it time. All this is coming back and I thought for sure it was all gone. yeah....shirleyt

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ImageKatg
May 6, 2010 4:19 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
It really is amazing isn't it Shirley? I've noticed such a spurt of growth in the last couple of weeks...from sticks! When everything was so ugly in the garden after our freeze, you're so tempted to get out there and cut it all back or dig it out. I see so many people around here that did that. We lived with the mess for a while and it was worth it. Some of these plants could have actually used a good cutting!

Glad your plants are coming back...Love the trumpet tree!
ImageDutchlady1
May 7, 2010 12:30 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
I don't know if this one is 'medium' or 'big' LOL

This is my wonderful Italian terracotta pot that I got for a STEAL at a garage sale last year. It is now coming into its own... A variegated Ponytail Palm and lots of sedum.

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ImageKatg
May 7, 2010 12:55 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Hetty...that looks great! Thanks for the idea as I still have 2 ponytails that I need to plant. I've got a couple of these large skinny pots left. That sedum looks really good!

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ImageDutchlady1
May 7, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Oh I like those tall pots!!
ImageKatg
May 7, 2010 1:09 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
I have more if you want one!

I'm wondering if I should plant this Adenium in one? They don't mind a litte crowding do they?

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ImageDutchlady1
May 7, 2010 1:55 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Put a shallow pot in the tall pot. Adeniums like shallow pots....
And yes, I'd like one or even two of the tall pots, send me a c-mail...
Imagetomatofreak
May 8, 2010 4:24 PM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
Kat, I see bags of MG soil in one of your pics. It looks like the MG Garden Soil that I bought. Or is it a 'potting' soil? I ask because I bought the MGGS and mixed it with my own aged compost and some pine bark for containers. I'm having problems with nearly everything I've planted in it and I'm trying to figure out if there's a problem with the MG bagged soil. Any input? I pulled out about a half dozen dead plants this a.m..
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
ImageKatg
May 8, 2010 4:48 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Really? That's strange Alma. I use the MG all the time and never have a problem. If I'm filling a really large pot I'll use the garden soil on the bottom, but always potting soil on top. What kind of plants were they and how long have you had them? I've had a real decline lately with some petunias...the sudden heat is really getting to them! Sorry to hear it!
Imagetomatofreak
May 8, 2010 5:13 PM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
Petunias, marigolds and snapdragons were all goners this morning. I have tomatoes, bean plants and datura all showing white spots (tiny and all over) on the leaves. One tomato is clearly dying. Plant leaves (beans, tomatoes, datura especially) are curling up and browning into crispy dead leaves. I wondered if there might be a pathogen in the soil. I don't know what's wrong, but the only commonality is the MG soil in the containers.
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
ImageKatg
May 9, 2010 9:19 AM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Alma...Has it been exceptionally hot this past week? As I mentioned earlier, my petunias have really taken a hit. If I let them dry just 1 day, they're goners! Foliage all dried up and crispy. Marigolds shouldn't do that though.

Have you ever been on Al's site? He really is an expert when it comes to soil and mixes - maybe you can find an answer there:

http://cubits.org/containergardeningwith/
Imagetomatofreak
May 9, 2010 10:54 AM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
Kat, I do read Al's tutorials. Very informative even though my eyes glaze over at times. He did post a response to me on DG, basically saying I should not have used that soil in a container. So, why does it work for you? Confused
Alma
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson

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