question on pot depth

Tue, 21 Jul 2009 07:26:19 PDT
Hello Justin,
I am far from being an expert, but I have recently been growing B.josephinae and B.litoralis from seed.  I've also been growing other amaryllids, including Boophone disticha, from seed.  In my opinion, deeper is better ... especially for these S.African amaryllids ... but perhaps not necessarily wider ... until the bulbs get much larger.  
I have been 're-using' those large plastic drink/soda cups.  I get some strange looks fishing them out of the top trash at the fast food restaurants ... but so far, nobody has complained or offered me money.  Perhaps I should look a bit more dishevelled.  
In any case, I cut drainage holes in the bottom and fill with an appropriate soil mix.  I feel they benefit from letting their roots run deep without coiling at the bottom.
here's a shot of Boophone disticha seedlings in 42oz soda cups:
The Brunsvigia are all dormant right now and don't look like much ... but I think they appreciate the deeper pots as well.
San Diego, CA   zone 10-11

--- On Mon, 7/20/09, Justin Smith <> wrote:

From: Justin Smith <>
Subject: [pbs] question on pot depth
Date: Monday, July 20, 2009, 11:57 AM

Hi All,

I am growing some Brunsvigia though all are just seedlings I was wondering what depth of pot I should put them in. At the website for stuewe and sons they have a

TPOT3  7.75 in wide (20cm) and 12.5 in deep (32cm) 

or the

TPOT4 7.75 in wide (20cm) and 18 in deep (46cm) 

Anyone have a pro or con for the different depth?

I am thinking deeper is better but i dunno.

Tanks fer da hep.


Woodville, TX 8b/9a

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