WAS Anderson deep propagation flats; Now lowering the water table in pots

Michael Homick michaelhomick@gmail.com
Tue, 20 Oct 2015 14:07:59 PDT
not sure the length you need but could you use a sponge mop refill. Not
sure if landscape fabric rolled up would wick water or not. Even purchasing
a regular mop head (some are cotton some synthetic) cutting it up and
braiding the strands  to make a thicker longer wick may work.
All the best, MIchael

On Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 1:02 PM, Robin Graham Bell <rgb2@cornell.edu> wrote:

> Rimmer, I was just today trying to figure out how to drain a low spot in a
> raised bed I built. The base of the box has chicken wire to keep out the
> rodents & the ground has landscape cloth then 2 layers of black plastic to
> keep out the mulberry tree roots. Mulberry tree providing essential shade
> but roots are terribly invasive, so I don't want to put a hole in the
> plastic. Now I can try to put in some wicks to do the job! Thank you,
> sometimes the obvious is everything but. Any suggestions for large scale
> wicks would be appreciated.....my 'box' is 8' x 4' x 8".
>         Robin Bell, Medford OR.
> On Oct 20, 2015, at 12:21 PM, Rimmer deVries wrote:
>
> > Bob
> >
> > i heard at a bonsai show lecture, (method also used by Streptocarpus
> growers )
> >
> > that if you put a piece of yarn in the pot extending down you not only
> keep the pot media moist by adding a wick to soak up water from below,  but
> it also lowers the water table in the pot.
> >
> > think- hydro communication with the media below.
> >
> > they recommend a yarn that does not rot, so not cotton but Orlon or some
> other synthetic yard.
> >
> > Rimmer
> > SE Mich
> > USA Zone 4-5-6 depending on the winter.
> >
> >
> >> On Oct 20, 2015, at 3:10 PM, penstemon <penstemon@Q.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> Putting screen in the bottom, which is, of course, the only way to
> prevent the growing medium (in my case, perlite) from falling out, will
> still create a perched water table, but hopefully far enough down in the
> deep pots to prevent root rot.
> >> Bob Nold
> >> Denver, Colorado, USA
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