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Re: divisions in bottomless containers

Those are used here for containing rampant plants like mints.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <gardenqueen@academicplanet.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, October 31, 2004 7:49 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] divisions in bottomless containers

> Chimney flue liners make great bottomless containers and you can leave
> them in place all year. They look like terra cotta but are about 100
> times tougher, being made to w/stand the temperature extremes in a
> chimney. Imagine they'd even survive well up North. I get mine at a
> building supply place.
> Pam Evans
> Kemp, TX
> zone 8A
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: kmrsy@comcast.net
> Sent: 10/30/2004 5:04:53 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: [CHAT] divisions in bottomless containers
> Remember when I asked you all what was meant be "divisions in bottomless
> containers"? Well, here's roughly how it was described in class.
> Some plants grown in containers may develop longer root systems than the
> depth of the pot and start traveling around in the pot, circling it. For
> plants that grow taproots, including many prairie plants, this can be a
> problem. To aleviate the problem and to develop a more dense fibrous
> root system, you can use bottomless containers.
> Take a standard gallon container ( or any kind) and cut most of the
> bottom out leaving a bit of a lip. Line the bottom with a couple of
> paper towels and fill with soil media and plant material. Water in.
> Place the containers' edges on bricks leaving the toweled area open to
> the air, not on any surface. When the plant's roots grow down, they'll
> reach the towel area and air-prune themselves rather than traveling in
> another direction. Once air-pruned they will more readily branch out and
> devlop a more fibrous root system rather than a bunch of ropey roots
> circling the inside of the container.
> This technique isn't restricted to divisions, which is one thing that
> had me confused. I think it could be quite valuable for any kind of
> containerized plant.
> Kitty
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