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Anybody use Stewart Balconniere planters?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 08:29

Hi Salino and pansyface,

Thanks for the detailed replies Salino, I didn't hold out much hope for a response last night!

I have the feeding tube in place, mine is set up as you describe apart from the layer of stones just above the infill.  I took the 2nd image on the amazon site literally when filling the planter a few weeks ago, as the infill has holes in it I figured that the soil would go through into the reservoir unless I put the stones in place, that was why I did it.  Maybe it doesn't matter if the soil does go through the holes in the infill so I'll re-pot and remove the stones.

As you suggest I'll water from the top also until my blueberry plants have grown.  It would be great if these containers work as I'd like to be able to go away in summer without worrying about plants dying.

Pansyface:

You can see the drip tray in this photo at the bottom, they just catch any overflow of water if one fills it too much and are not necessary if the container is outside:

http://www.stewart-garden.co.uk/planter-collection/15-balconniere-square.html

Anybody use Stewart Balconniere planters?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 22:10

I put stones on the bottom shelf to stop soil filling up the reservoir of water at the bottom of the planter, then soil on top. I left the bit of the shelf that drops right to the bottom of the planter as I realised that some earth needs to be in contact with the water.  I guess the water is drawn up by capillary action but there are no instructions either when I bought the planter or on the Stewart website.  There was a picture on the planter label that suggests the water reservoir should not be full of earth, just water.

However the soil seems too dry and I'm having to water the top of the earth as well as fill up the reservoir.  Should I remove the stones even if the soil then drops though the small holes in the bottom shelf?

This is a link to the planter:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stewart-40cm-Balconniere-Square-Terracotta/dp/B005HVPK2A/

Thanks for any advice.

Where do you keep your tender plants?

Posted: 29/03/2014 at 21:19

My mini greenhouse (metal shelves, plastic cover) seems to get too cold - it went down to -1.1 when we had frost recently.  I've been bringing them inside but it is a faff and I want to start off more seeds.

Is the temperature the problem or is it frost that kills them off?  Will a fleece cover keep the greenhouse above zero?

Thanks for any info.

What plants do you use to ensure clematis roots are in the shade?

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 20:38

I've just got a few bricks a year after planting, it is definitely time to find something!

I'm unsure if plants need to be evergreen and what sort of height.  Does one need to have plants that are not very thirsty/hungry so that the clematis are not competing?

The two clematis I have are in full sun.

Also, is it true that honeysuckle also likes it's roots in the shade?

Will my euonymous climb up the fence?

Posted: 26/02/2014 at 20:40

Thanks for the feedback.

Escallonia sounds interesting, if I grow on of the ones that gets quite high (4 - 8 metres in 5 - 10 years will it get to the top of a 6 ft fence in only a few years?

Damp soil for it might be a problem though as it is a sunny sight.

Will my euonymous climb up the fence?

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 10:14

I had about six metres of south west facing fence to fill which we look out onto and is by the patio. The ceanothus is growing well, I have a decidious honeysuckle and two decidious clematis but I wanted an evergreen plant near the house so that some of the fence is covered all year.  I got clematis armandii and after initally growing well the growing tips died after some strong spring winds and then the leaf tips started going brown.

I made a mistake as I grew sunflowers near it and this finished it off I think with the hot weather.  There is a gap between the fence and house which creates a wind tunnel effect although that area may always be windy as it is in the corner of our 100ft garden.  I'd love an evergreen climber but they all say they need a sheltered site, that is why I got the euonymous as I think I read it can cope with a windy site.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Will my euonymous climb up the fence?

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 09:53

I thought 'climb' might be the wrong word!  I've got wires due to the failed clematis but I was keen to find out if it will grow to the top of the (6 ft) fence as I'd like next-doors carport obscured.

 

Will my euonymous climb up the fence?

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 09:45

I got one of these for £2 from the garden centre:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=764

The label says it will grow to 2 metres if against a fence but no mention of this on the RHS website.  Will it creep up the fence and how does it cling on?

I'm trying to fill a spot where I've already had one failure (clematis armandii - too windy) and I want another plant to work out as planned!

Thanks for any info.

Question about blueberries

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 21:21

I'd like to get some blueberry plants and put them in containers (alkaline soil in the garden so can't go there).  I've read it is best to have more than one plant so that they pollinate each other.

Will this work if one buys three different plants that crop through the season, say draper, bluecrop and aurora? Or does one need two of each then?

Thanks for any info.

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Posted: 10/02/2014 at 11:02

Thanks for the extra info about covers and fleeces.

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