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    Questions about wading pools as water trays

    I've heard that some people will use wading pools as plant trays for larger collections. I'm getting to the point where I'd like to consolidate my plants into one, but I have a couple questions.

    • What's the best way to control the water level when it rains a lot? Even short pools are taller than most CP pots.
    • I understand people these are generally lined with black plastic to prevent UV damage. Wouldn't this heat the water up too much during the summer or is it not a problem with a larger amount of water?


    Any information would be very helpful.

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    The easiest way to control the water level is to drill a hole at the desired level. I don't have issues with excess heat here in SE PA, but in hotter areas I suppose it could pose an issue.
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    1) A magic hole, large enough so that it doesn't clog with large soil particles
    2) Black plastic is optional--adding fresh water moderates the temperature, particularly for me since I'm on a well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theplantman View Post
    1) A magic hole, large enough so that it doesn't clog with large soil particles
    2) Black plastic is optional--adding fresh water moderates the temperature, particularly for me since I'm on a well.
    I use a 1" hole saw. If that isn't large enough you should probably be mining the stuff instead if trying to grow plants in it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SubRosa View Post
    I use a 1" hole saw. If that isn't large enough you should probably be mining the stuff instead if trying to grow plants in it!
    Thing is, I used to just cut a slit with scissors. The peat/perlite splashes out, floats, and then forms a mat that plugged the slits up. It's the aggregation that gets to be.... aggravating!

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    I just thought of one more question. If I have one of these only half full, would it be advisable to cover up the rest to try to cut down on evaporation?

    I stopped by a pet store today that according to their website had some pools in stock (for bathing dogs) only to be told that they only carry those during the summer. I suppose I'll have to keep looking. I need more space so I can repot Sarracenia into larger pots, as I am out of smaller water trays.

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    Wooden crate + polythene = Sarracenia lagoon
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    Those inexpensive plastic wading pools don't typically show up in stores until June or July. I use those extensively for my Sarracenia and they work very well. Poke a hole at least 1/4" in diameter at the height where you want the maximum water level to be. A large diameter nail (or other metal instrument) can be heated in a flame to punch a hole. Be sure to use pliers to hold it, of course, to avoid burning yourself.

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