Deep pots

Matthew Gale
Tue, 25 Mar 2003 10:21:47 PST
I've been using much the same method for my smaller Chilean Rhodophiala. By
using small square pots stacked together with free-draining compost in the
lower half of the bottom pot and the bulb itself in the pot above surrounded
by a mixture of perlite and gravel, it's possible to add water to the lower
pot alone, which is useful at this time of year when the summer-growers are
just waking up and it's not yet hot enough in the UK for the mineral layer
to dry-out quickly.


----- Original Message -----
From: "diana chapman" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2003 8:04 AM
Subject: [pbs] Deep pots

Dear All:

I have found that regular 5 gallon pots are usually deep enough for
Rhodophialas and other bulbs that like to grow deep.  A solution for small
quantities of bulbs is to take a one gallon or two gallon pot, fill it two
thirds full of potting medium, then take another pot of the same size, cut
the bottom out, place it inside the first pot and then fill it with potting
medium (you then have two pots stacked one inside the other, giving you
double the depth).  I have had as many as three two gallon pots stacked in
such a manner for things like Tropaeolum.  Unpotting the bulbs is very easy,
since you just lift the top pot out, and the potting soil falls away,
exposing the bulbs.

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