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Re: Big Weekend


For all the plants I pot up for sale, I try to use an appropriately sized
pot. 2 reasons:
I don't want to waste my soil and
It is never good for a plant with 2 inch pot size roots to be placed into a
gallon container.  This can kill them by rot.  Not enough roots to make use
of the water that much soil can hold.  Of  course, many vigorous plants will
still survive or even flourish under such conditions, but I'd just not want
to take the chance.  So when I sell my plants in early spring, if the tops
don't look like much, for example a fall blooming anemone, I explain to the
buyer that the pot suits the root system I dug for the above reasons and
since it is a late bloomer it gets a slower start in spring - hence the
meager appearance in April.  If ther'e only enough root for a 4 inch pot,
that's what it gets and is priced accordingly.
> slight twigs growing in them. If it is, then I could pot up a lot of
> weeds around here.
I potted several small lilacs in 4 inch or qt pots.  They're not going to
bloom for a few years, but if someone would like to give them a try, they're
cheap.  I wouldn't have put them in gallons.  Besides, that's deceptive to
those who aren't aware.

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2004 4:47 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Big Weekend


> I don't think that should be an excuse for marketing gallon pots with
> slight twigs growing in them. If it is, then I could pot up a lot of
> weeds around here. I don't expect all plants on sale to look like rose
> bushes, but I do expect them to look like plants.
>
> On Sunday, April 25, 2004, at 08:41 PM, Donna wrote:
>
> > Gees Jim, don't let me have to explain to you the importance of
> > Natives....
> >
> > "> > sellers were native plant types and their wares were, well, not
> >>> attractive"
> >
> > They are not meant to be attractive!.. They are your background,
> > backbone of any great garden. They take the no work, yet they add
> > another dimension to the total picture. They add the windbreaks, they
> > add the sounds of wildlife, they add shady areas, they are totally
> > unnoticed, yet without them what would your fancy exotics use as a
> > backdrop.......
> >
> > Hum........ I will leave it at that for today.....
> >
> > Donna
> >
> >
> >>
> >>> Today was one of those beautiful subtropical days. Mid to low 80s,
> > not
> >>> humid, gentle breeze.
> >>>
> >>> We've been propagating, growing, and training a white-flowered
> > oleander
> >>> standard for a couple of years now, and today planted it in the
> > ground.
> >>> It's past due for a moderate-to-severe pruning, but we decided to
> > wait
> >>> until it's had a few weeks in its new home. So far, I'm rather
> > pleased
> >>> with it.
> >>>
> >>> We planted it across the yard from the Florida room [that sounds
> > kinda
> >>> funny--they're all Florida rooms here, right?], so the short one can
> >>> keep an easy eye on it.
> >>>
> >>> We also cleaned out the cutting beds to make room for Petrea
> > cuttings
> >>> in late summer. We want to try to root a few of these to sell when
> > they
> >>> are blooming next spring. I got the bull's horn acacia planted and
> >>> together we got the 24" pot with desert rose moved from the middle
> > of
> >>> the back lawn to the back patio [no easy task].
> >>>
> >>> Yesterday, we drove to Naples to visit that city's new botanical
> >>> garden. They have 160 dedicated acres, of which they have improved
> > 1.5
> >>> acres--1 percent. We were very impressed by what they've done so
> > far.
> >>> For example, they've used arbors to shade many of the walkways and
> >>> vines, such as stephanotis, to cover most of the arbors. And
> > everything
> >>> is either tagged or labeled or both.
> >>>
> >>> Of special interest to me was a small stand of Timor black bamboo
> >>> [Bambusa lako]. Truly fantastic. The canes are jet black and, if one
> >>> rubs the blush off, they glisten like Japan lacquer. If I can figure
> >>> out where to put one--and where to get one--I will.
> >>>
> >>> On the way down, public radio touted a native plant sale at the
> > Naples
> >>> Conservancy, so we sought directions from the botanical garden
> > folks,
> >>> and sought it out. It was really a fun time, although the only plant
> >>> sellers were native plant types and their wares were, well, not
> >>> attractive. But the rest of the extravaganza was a lot of fun.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Island Jim
> >>> Southwest Florida
> >>> Zone 10
> >
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