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    Concrete Planter?

    Although winter has just started my mind is already on spring projects.

    One of my goals next year is to grow cephalotus outdoors in full sun. I have been looking for a planter that will hold up to wind, weather, and pests including my 3yo. Black wont do because of fear of overheating the roots.

    I may have found my solution!

    http://www.lowes.com/creative-ideas/...lanter/project

    Do you see any problems with using concrete as a planter. Of course first thoughts would be leeching, but cephs are pretty resilient. I am planning on making 2 and putting a S. purpurea in the other.

    any thoughts?

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    It seems like an interesting idea, and you could probably coat the inside with silicone sealant or something of that nature to prevent leaching.
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    What's wrong with a terracotta planter? Not only can you choose a size more readily (once concrete sets, that's it), but there are also decorative ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theplantman View Post
    What's wrong with a terracotta planter? Not only can you choose a size more readily (once concrete sets, that's it), but there are also decorative ones.
    looking for something that i can leave out in the yard and kind of forget it. a terracotta pot on the ground wouldnt be as safe as the project above. its taller and more critter proof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dozer1028 View Post
    I have been reading about that on other sites and have been excited about that info. Thanks for the link! peat moss and perlite makes it lighter and is already part of my arsenal at home! looks like I will be able to make a few of these giant planters for under $10.

    Also found a ton of info about people using quikrete in fish tanks. maybe safer than orginally thought.

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    I've made a lot of them in the past.. The only down fall is the cure time.. You can buy fiberglass fibers and add into the mix for reinforcement too..

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    While I have never done hypertufa, myself (lack any kind of space for storing materials or working on such projects), I have heard a lot of good things about it. If you haven't found this site already, you may wish to peruse here: http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/hypertufa/


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