Echinaceas In Containers forum: Growing echies in containers isn't really that hard.

 
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ImageSnapshot
Apr 30, 2012 11:19 PM CST
Name: Bob
Kansas...The Land of Ahhhhhs
I'm retired Fishing is my job.
For some reason there is a common belief that growing echinaceas in containers is not practical. I can tell you that I've been doing it successfully for going on 5 years and don't believe it is that hard. Here is a photo from last June of some of mine, all in containers. Yes, I've lost one here and there but folks who grow them in the ground lose them too and just as often. If you want to grow them in containers then go to your local nursery and ask them for used nursery pots at least 10 gallon size. Many times they're only a couple of dollars and if you buy plants or merchandise from them and ask nicely they might just give you some. Mine do. Big Grin Thumb of 2012-05-01/Snapshot/aba17a
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

Steven Wright
Imagevirginiarose
May 2, 2012 5:43 AM CST
Name: Susan
Southeastern, Va. zone 8a
HAVE SOME CHOCOLATE !
Nice, thanks for the advice. Big Grin
Imageclintbrown
May 6, 2012 9:41 AM CST
Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN
aka Echinaceamaniac
Great! I have grown them in whiskey barrels too!
ImageSnapshot
May 6, 2012 10:09 PM CST
Name: Bob
Kansas...The Land of Ahhhhhs
I'm retired Fishing is my job.
Clint, whiskey barrels would be great but @ $30 each v. free I can't complain. I'm cheap. Hilarious!
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

Steven Wright
Imagevirginiarose
May 7, 2012 2:55 AM CST
Name: Susan
Southeastern, Va. zone 8a
HAVE SOME CHOCOLATE !
Besides that Whiskey Barrel thing, there is such a thing as plastics paint now and if you buy those cheap Rubbermaid things you can spray paint them brown or whatever you want.
BTW it is called, Krylon Fusion.
Imageclintbrown
May 7, 2012 3:49 AM CST
Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN
aka Echinaceamaniac
I have these fake whiskey barrels. LOL.
Imagevirginiarose
May 7, 2012 4:18 AM CST
Name: Susan
Southeastern, Va. zone 8a
HAVE SOME CHOCOLATE !
Thumbs up Mine is fake also, it is made of compressed Styrofoam and I painted it. I will take pictures soon, getting ready to do a mini garden with my mini Hosta.
ImageSnapshot
May 7, 2012 12:22 PM CST
Name: Bob
Kansas...The Land of Ahhhhhs
I'm retired Fishing is my job.
Clint, I have a couple of those too but again, if I can get nursery pots for free then why buy? Last year I was able to get several 30 gallon and a couple of 45 gallon tree pots from a local nursery for FREE! It does help if you buy plants there which I did. The drawback to nursery pots is that they only come in one color, BLACK. It doesn't bother me but some folks like "designer" colors which you pay for. Big Grin Be sure if you buy pots or containers that they are UV resistant otherwise they'll last only a couple of years then become brittle. I found out the hard way.
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

Steven Wright
Imagevirginiarose
Jun 17, 2013 11:59 AM CST
Name: Susan
Southeastern, Va. zone 8a
HAVE SOME CHOCOLATE !
I forgot about this thread. I got a huge nursery pot off ebay for 10.00 and it is a ten gallon nursery pot. Yesterday I found a huge pot in the garage, someone gave me and I thought I would never be able to move it, but as it ended up I picked it up with one hand. Rolling on the floor laughing It was Styrofoam but looked a lot like concrete. Here is the whiskey barrel I told you about.
Thumb of 2013-06-17/virginiarose/41599c
Nevermore44
Jun 17, 2013 1:32 PM CST
Now why again do you grow in pots vs the ground? All things being the same health wise.... it's unconventional and is making everyone a little scared Sad
ImageSnapshot
Jun 17, 2013 3:01 PM CST
Name: Bob
Kansas...The Land of Ahhhhhs
I'm retired Fishing is my job.
Nevermore44 wrote:Now why again do you grow in pots vs the ground? All things being the same health wise.... it's unconventional and is making everyone a little scared Sad

Scared of what?? Confused I grow EVERYTHING, almost, in containers because it's much easier for me and a whole lot more convenient. No weeds to worry about, no stooping, easy to water. Why NOT grow in containers is my question. I recently posted a photo on a different forum of my current pot garden. It looks good and is quite healthy. Some of these are 3 years old. I can't imagine why anyone would not consider growing in "pots" even if it's unconventional. Again, my plants look good, as good as anything else I've seen posted here. The soil here is hard clay and I have crabgrass everywhere as well as lot of WEEDS that grow in the ground. I don't want my plants to have to compete with the grass and weeds for space, food or water. Therefore I choose to grow mine in large containers. Do keep in mind that virtually every container I use for serious growing is at least 15 gallons and I have a few that are 47 gallon. All I can say is it works for me and that's all that matters. To each his/her own. Shrug!
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

Steven Wright
Nevermore44
Jun 17, 2013 4:59 PM CST
Just wanted to know the back story.... "Scared" was just the word of the day. :)

I will agree that my carnivorous plants that I grow in pots are easier to tend vs the in ground (in bog) plants. The raised off the ground part is much easier.

So do you also garden in ground now or in the past.... or completely in pots?
ImageSnapshot
Jun 17, 2013 9:07 PM CST
Name: Bob
Kansas...The Land of Ahhhhhs
I'm retired Fishing is my job.
I have blackberries and raspberries in the ground and a few wild Echinaceas. Everything else is in containers. Like I said, I've had very good success so far. My method isn't practical if you have to buy expensive containers. I have a source for them for $1.50 each. If bought new the cost is many times that.
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

Steven Wright
ImageSnapshot
Jun 18, 2013 12:01 AM CST
Name: Bob
Kansas...The Land of Ahhhhhs
I'm retired Fishing is my job.
Here are a couple of updated photos of some of my containers. As you can see, the plants seem to be quite happy. Big Grin BTW, I have a few 3 gallon pots/containers that are temporarily holding volunteer echies from last year's seedlings. I haven't yet moved them into a permanent home. As I've said before, Echinaceas may "prefer" being grown in-ground but the can be happy in large containers too. The proof is in the pictures.
Thumb of 2013-06-18/Snapshot/4a0ad5
Thumb of 2013-06-18/Snapshot/cb4e16
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

Steven Wright
Imageclintbrown
Jun 18, 2013 3:23 AM CST
Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN
aka Echinaceamaniac
I agree Containers can be so much fun!
Imagevirginiarose
Jun 18, 2013 6:43 AM CST
Name: Susan
Southeastern, Va. zone 8a
HAVE SOME CHOCOLATE !
That is very good inspiration. I was trying to achieve that with my hostas. The red retaining bricks look good and hide the pots. Thumbs up
ImageSnapshot
Jun 18, 2013 8:18 AM CST
Name: Bob
Kansas...The Land of Ahhhhhs
I'm retired Fishing is my job.
virginiarose wrote:That is very good inspiration. I was trying to achieve that with my hostas. The red retaining bricks look good and hide the pots. Thumbs up


Thanks. The black nursery pots aren't attractive at all and this really helps.
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

Steven Wright
Nevermore44
Jun 18, 2013 12:47 PM CST
Well you are half way there with the retaining wall... you could just make one giant pot and continue to fill with the good well drained media!
ImageSnapshot
Jun 18, 2013 2:21 PM CST
Name: Bob
Kansas...The Land of Ahhhhhs
I'm retired Fishing is my job.
Perhaps that's a future project and a good idea. This is a concrete driveway/porch though and I'm not sure how well that would work. Those blocks are about $1.70 apiece and I would still need quite a few more to make it work. Again, good idea to ponder for a future project.
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

Steven Wright
Nevermore44
Jun 18, 2013 2:58 PM CST
you could always just skip the retaining wall blocks all together... and then take the giant "pot" of dirt, dig a hole in the ground, and then you.... ohhh wait a minute... Big Grin

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