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Outdoor container growing question
Helping my friend with her outdoor container grow and we are running into an issue with needing to water as often as three times day.
Using Ocean Forest, and everything is in ten gallon pots on cement. We painted the pots flat white, figuring they wouldn't absorb as much heat as the original black color, and the outside of the pots do not get that hot. It's normally in the 90's to low 100's in the summer here, never had issues before.
Is there something that can be put over the topsoil to help things stay dry longer without fucking up things? If no one is around to dreNch them at least twice a day, they will shrivel, and die.
One difference in her grow this year from years past is the plants were always put in ten gallons late June or early July, and on the hottest days may have needed two waterings. This year the availability of clones was iffy, so when she found some first of April she snagged them...so at least a month earlier from years past. Had to pop into ten gallons end of may because they overgrew the containers they were in.
The obvious answer would be bigger pots. But this month or next month, the local electric utility company will be coming by to trim trees branches in the back yard away from power lines. Ten gallons can be hauled inside in a pinch, a pain but doable. Any bigger would be near impossible. And unless they come in the next few weeks, we are thinking transplanting after flowering begins could be harmful, and likely wouldn't help sice the root system probably won't grow any more at that point.
Any tips or advice? She is legal, so the main concern is the tree trimmers seeing the plants and coming back later to rip it
you should put a layer of mulch around the top of the soil. That will help retain moisture.
Also, you guys can get some of those glass water dripper things.
Thanks. Thought of that, but all I've seen is small ones for house plants. Ten gallons would suck it up in a heartbeat. I'll check into mulch, although the pots are full right to the brim
Could you build a greenhouse over the plants? You could sink the pots which would reduce the height necessary if that is an issue. It would also help keep the roots cool and you won't have to water as often. That way you could put them into bigger pots, and you wouldn't have to move them. I don't know if this is applicable to your situation, but it's just a thought.
Unfortunately that isn't an option. The cement are they are on is the only secure location that gets a full day of sun
Have you tried putting the buckets inside other buckets full of water to cool down the soil?
That might be a plan. We have a few twenty gallon plastic tubs with handles that are sometimes used for beer...LOTS of beer...and ice. That may lets some water collect in the bottom so it can be soaked up by the drainage holes as the soil dries.
If not for the tree trimming, they'd all be in fifteen/twenty gallon pots by now. Bah!
Ive tried calling to get an idea as to when they will be out, all they will say is they are running behind, so sometime in July or August.
I threw some staw on top of my smart pots. Just pile it up, wet it n it will stay. If u have room between the canopy and soil. My pots are full as well but I have canopy space.
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Suggestions; place saucers/trays, something to catch the runoff. Then the plants will wick the water from below. I took piece of mylar I had around and taped it to the top of my black container, just draping it. You should also raise the pots off the concrete with bricks, 2X4's, anything. Mulch, as already suggested, is essential too for hot climates.