[CH] Container gardening in hot,dry climate

Andie Paysinger (asenji@earthlink.net)
Sun, 07 Jun 1998 10:17:33 +0000

For those who are doing container gardening in very hot, dry conditions
in plastic or fibeglass containers, you have to protect the pots from
overheating because this will literally 'cook' the roots of your
plants.   I have had good results here when temps are over 110 with the

I 'nest' the pot containing the plant inside a larger pot in which I
have put a thick layer of newspaper on the bottom, and fill the space
between with a mixture of sand and vermiculite.   I wet this down well
in the morning and this keep the inner pot cool.   This is a great
solution for those who live in condos and places where there are
committees who make sure there is nothing 'unsightly' in residents
If you don't have to worry about appearance, you can make a 'cage'
around the pot which is large enough to allow at least a 1" thick layer
of newspaper around the pot,  soaking this with water before the hottest
part of the day.  This will also insulate the pot.

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