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

Tim Eck teck11@embarqmail.com
Tue, 20 Oct 2015 15:51:57 PDT
Fiberglass insulation might work for wicks and hemp is rather rot-proof too.
I used to put my crinums on shelves in the basement and run paper towels out
the drain holes to dry them off for the winter.
Now I dry off my crinums for the winter by putting them under plastic and
planting winter wheat or ryegrass in them (and then hit them with Poast or
Arrow herbicides in the spring to kill the grasses).

By the way, fiberglass insulation is not a bad way to separate a fine
aggregate from a coarse aggregate in a bed.  I have seen a lot of bed
designs which were far less porous than the designer thought because they
placed finer aggregates on top of coarser ones, resulting in a bed far less
permeable than either one alone.

Tim 



> -----Original Message-----
> From: pbs [mailto:pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Robin Graham
> Bell
> Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 4:02 PM
> To: Pacific Bulb Society
> Subject: Re: [pbs] WAS Anderson deep propagation flats; Now lowering the
> water table in pots
> 
> 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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