Make your Plants at Home in Unusual Containers pt. 2

So, it turns out that if you want to schedule a series, it’s a good idea to actually schedule the series, rather than set up the drafts and not save them. Ah well, time to shake my fist at technology, and start again. We left off talking about choosing containers for certain kinds of plants. Now it’s time to go from the quick draining to the water retaining.

Bowl Planters

Bowl planters can come in all sizes and depths
Bowl planters can come in all sizes and depths

Bowl planters have wide tops, and are often shallow. Water evaporates easily out of the soil in these conditions. They tend to look gorgeous, but they need careful monitoring for moisture levels. Many bowl planters also don’t have drainage holes—particularly if you’re making a planter from one of your own bowls! Chances are you’re not going to drill out that decorative dish you rarely use, but want to re-purpose as a bowl planter. Do not worry! All is not lost. These planters are great for two very different kinds of plants.

Montana Bowl Planters planted with reeds and moss
Montana Bowl Planters planted with reeds and moss

The aquatic plants, or those plants that want to be wet all the time will do wonderfully in bowl planters. Odd as it may sound after the warning about evaporation, but if you keep up your watering, you’ll be able to use the amount of soil and any non-porous bowl planter—like ones made out of plastic or resin—to keep the water in, and give the over water loving plants a great place to thrive. Just check your water levels every day, and you’ll be able to grow ornamental grasses, reeds, or plants more typically found adorning wetlands quite happily.

An air root plant in a shallow Mezzo Mod Dish
An air plant in a shallow Mezzo Mod Dish

On the other end of the spectrum, a bowl planter is a great choice for air plants, and other arid climate growers. You have to be a little more careful, due to the drainage limitations of bowl planters, and check that soil has dried out all the way to the bottom before adding that week’s water ration, but a conscientious container gardener will have beautiful results.

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