Can I place Pot in a hole dug in the ground?
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
I am just starting to shape up my empty north-east facing garden in West Yorkshire.
I have sorted out my fence with Ivys. Due to current economic climate I might have to move or downsize in future, so I don't want to plant in the ground.
I would want to pot the plants so that I can take them with me if I have to move.
Also as I have backgarden too, so I intend to swap plants to front garden as they flower in
different months to keep the front garden always with flowered plants. Potting provides me that flexibility.
Reading about pots I realized that there are following issues:
1. Plastic/Synthetic pots Overheat in summer. Clay terracotas do provide air circulation and don't overheat but they cause the soil to dry out quickly.
2. Being out on the surface both pots may cause freezing of the roots; but this could be resolved by wrapping a fleece around.
3. To plot climbers like Clematis etc. you need large pots (18" or so) and it might look odd to place such big pots on the borders.
4. Clay pots are very costly about £18-£20 for 45cm pots. Whereas big plastic pots cost £7.
So I would like to go with plastic pots if that's possible.
I thought of an idea which I would like to verify from you guys.
I thought that I could dig up a hole in the ground and place the 45cm Plastic pot in it (using pot feet or bricks underneath for proper drainage).
This way it would be protected from extra freezing that occurs for a pot out in the winter even for frost hardy and fully hardy plants; since they are specified frost hardy/fully hardy in the ground not in the pots.
In the summer the plastic may still cause insulation for the heat to dissipate so I would just have to water it frquently which would be the case anyways if the pot is above the ground.
For this I thought whether I could punch tiny holes (needle tiny) in plastic pots on surface to provide heat disspation in the ground.
Would roots peep outside from tiny holes? I don't want root damage while removing the pot from the hole.
Please share your suggestions, ideas, experience.
- 26 Jul, 2010