MY COMBO POTS OF ASSORTED CUTTINGS THAT ROOT & GROW TOGETHER.
Order from my selection of starter combo plantlets that are in 3" sizes. I propagate from only the varieties that have been the most succussful and have the most appeal when grouped together. The combos are random, but will contain one of each three growth habits to trail and fill and thrill.
Fern: Air, Boston, Button, Holly, Maidenhair, Squirrels' Foot
Succulents : Aeonium, Escheveria, Graptoveria, Paddle, Hawarthia, Green Bean, String of Bananas,
New Zealand Peperomias
IN CALIFORNIA, STRAWBERRIES ARE GROWN ALL OVER... EVEN IN MY COCO POTS!
Edible plants (like the strawberry), flower and will fare better outside to facilitate pollination and produce fruit. Herbs, however, may be kept indoors in a bright location. In between dunks, a daily spray with the hose keeps these guys happy in warm weather.
MICRO GREENS, Cress, Wheat Grass
KITCHEN HERBS FRESHEN UP THE AIR WITH EVERY PINCH!
The herb famlly is a fragrant one, and worth having just for that alone. Herbs are happiest when the soil is not constantly wet, especially when the plant is young. So allowing 3-4-5 days between soaks is best. Some herbs are notorious for rapid growth or roots with runners (mint or rosemary, e.g.), and are therefore not the ideal candidates for long term occupancy.
These varieties do very well:
PARSELY, CURLY OR ITALIAN
THYMES, Lemon, Orange
BLOOMERS USE MORE ENERGY. FOR FLOWERS TO BLOOM, A GOOD MEASURE OF SUNSHINE IS NEEDED AND MOST LIKELY A DAILY DUNK.
Typically, My CoCo Pot will accommodate any 4" or smaller pot sized plant for transplanting. The 6-packs of seasonal color at your local garden center are a handy size too. Although you may only need one, the young plants are easy to manipulate and massage together to compress into a single pot. Remember, though, when working with annuals they will expire seasonally, but are easily replaceable.
TIP: The more mature a plant is, it will require supplemental nutrients. Plant food is available in liquid, dissolvable granules, pellet or spike forms and should be applied according to their respective directions. I recommend the disolvable granules that can be added to the dunk water once or twice a month. My Coco Pot's Soil Mix contains organic slow-release plant food to last 4 months, although the coconut husk and fibers contain the same nutrients in trace amounts that release with each dunk and is in a form that is readily absorbable to the root system.
TIP: Like a plant that's only available in a larger container? Check the roots - tap or squeeze the pot and slide it out. Roots wind around the exterior and fill inwards. Non-root-bound plants are easily reduced in size to fit a smaller pot by removing soil from the inner ball and removing the excess root with clean scissors. A B1 Vitamin solution is good (available at garden centers) to dip the cut roots in to reduce stress to the plant. Massage back in to a ball and re-plant.
TIP: COFFEE GROUNDS
Increasingly popular to use in soil ammendment, but ...
FOR CONTAINER GARDENING BE CAREFUL NOT TO USE TOO MUCH. High in nitrogen, (a good source of positively charged ions) however, in excess will bind to micronutrients and result in rendering the nutrients unavailable for the roots to uptake. The +ions lower the pH making the soil more acidic. If the pH falls below 5.0 this is way too acidic. If you find your plants are in worse shape after applying, flush the soil with water to remediate the soil. The grounds can also retain alot of moisture and create a soggy environment for the roots if the drainage is not adequate. For containers, gently mix into top soil sparingly.
MOST GROUND COVERS MAKE GREAT CONTAINER PLANTS. THEY WILL CASCADE AND TAKE UP VERY LITTLE ROOT SPACE.
These choices will get by with minimal attention. The habit of groundcovers creep and produce flowers at the tips that drape down. Trailers also branch out when trimmed, encouraging a fuller form. String of Banana succulent is great for this purpose. Succulents do appreciate regular water, but when there is little available they will operate on what is stored and go somewhat dormant .
TIP: My Coco Pot will appear darker when it is wet, and will usually dry from the top down. A good visual indicator of when it may need water. Another way to tell is to lift it up. If it feels light, it's time to dunk.
CASCADING AND TRAILING
DICHONDRA, Silver Lace
IVY, English green or variegated
LYSMACHIA, Creeping Jenny
SUCCULENTS, *Banana, String of Pearls, Pork & Beans,
SEDUM, Angelina, tri-color
TRADESCANTIA, purple, green
TIP: TOPIARY TRELLISES GIVE VINES SUPPORT TO GROW ALONG. ANGEL/WIRE VINE IS A POPULAR CHOICE FOR THIS. A MODERATELY FAST GROWER THAT IS SHAPEABLE BY WINDING AROUND THE WIRE BOTH ON THE TRELLIS AND THE BODY OF MY COCO POT.
TIP: The trailing varieties listed here are perfect for My Rooter Pots and are sold by the bag as unrooted cuttings. Only available with purchase of My Coco Pot or My Rooter Pot.
TIP: For strawberries, remove the lower leaves and harvest the fruit to encourage new growth and alleviate the plant from needing too much water. Runners will develop and produce daughter plantlets. These may be left on, but will tax the mother plant. Snip the new plantlets off and set in another spot if you would like more strawberry plants elsewhere.
TIP: HAVE ANY OLD GARLIC CLOVES? Ants hate it, so throw those around wherever you don't want them. Garlic also repels other insects such as gnats. Some commercial growers of hydroponic lettuces use a misted spray of garlic as a natural pesticide. Probably still a good idea to give it a rinse before consuming, or it might taste a little ~garlic-y.
TIP: Not that I have a wasp problem at home, but camping can be torture with them cruising around. If you do live in an area where they are abundant, try burning *DRIED* spent/used coffee grounds to drive them far far away. Use some tin foil to make a pile of grounds in a line (like an incense stick) and light at one end. Bye bye little guys!
SKIP THE SOIL, ADD A BUNCH OF LIVE MOSS AND A TILLANDSIA AIR PLANT FOR A DRAMATIC LOOK.
A short list, but so many varieties:
ORCHIDS are host-dependent (epiphytic) and take advantage of micro-moisture areas and most often found clinging to tree bark to absorb nutrients and water via the leaves- as opposed to terrestrial types that are able to absorb nutrients from the soil through the roots.
-Phalaenopsis minis, Dendrobium
TIP: If you have a shade tree that filters out most of the sun, this is a perfect location to suspend My Coco Pots.
Attract bees and pollinators in the same way by placing a bloomer near (within150 feet) fruit or citrus trees.
TILLANDSIAS are another huge group in the bromeliad family that are epiphytic.
More widely known as 'air plants', they are more popular than ever for their simpicity and decorative applications. Spanish moss is one of them, but from my experience needs REGULAR misting to stay and alive and green. Mine does best hung from the shower head. Even if it dries out, it's still pretty, decorative and useful.
MOSSES, true mosses will grow organically anywhere there is a constant supply of moisture and with something to cling to,(like rocks that sit just above water level) and to partake of the fine vapor exchange going on there. Which is why the coconut body is moss-friendly. It provides the matrix to cling to and the moisture that wicks off of the wet wood.
Untreated bare copper is reactive and has a drying and even biocidal effect on molds/fungi, but because the copper is coated, it is not able to interfere in the respiration of these delicate systems.
TIP: GREAT FOR HUMID AREAS LIKE UNDER EAVES, SHOWER STALLS, SPAS, WATER GARDEN AND GREENHOUSES, NEAR SPRAY IRRIGATION.
TIP: Routine watering is important. Whether it is once a week or everyday, water facilitates the important ion transport of essential nutrients into the plant and removes unwanted byproducts from the soil.
TIP: For those who are partial to bees : when I have watered My Coco Pot and re-hung it, I have noticed that after a bee visits the flowers, it will sit on the wet husk for a few minutes and rub it's head. I looked up some info regarding why and found that nurse bees need to solubilize the food secretions from their head glands with water before feeding the queen 🐝!
TILLANDSIA / MOSSES
AVAILABLE THROUGH ADD ONS AT CHECK OUT:
TILLANDSIA USNOIDES (SPANISH MOSS) CLUMPS
TILLANDSIA STRAMINEA DWF 6-7"
BEST FOR OFFICES AND WELL LIT ROOMS
PREFERS TIME TO DRY BETWEEN DUNKS.
THESE VARIETIES ARE OFFERED IN MY COMBO POTS.
READILY AVAILABLE AT MOST GARDEN CENTERS YEAR ROUND. LIVING HERBS SOLD AT THE GROCERY STORE USUALLY COME IN SMALL 3" POTS WHICH ARE EASY TO DROP IN MY COCOPOT AND HANG CLOSE BY.
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THIS CHENILLE PLANT IS CONTAINER FREINDLY AND REALLY ENJOYING MY COCO POT.
SUCCULENTS ARE CONTAINER DEPENDENT AND WILL ONLY GROW TO CAPACITY. DIRECT SUN MAY ACTUALLY BURN TENDER SUCCULENTS, TURNING THE LUSH GREEN COLOR TO A YELLOW OR RED. THEY ALSO LIKE TO BE WATERED REGULARLY.
SUBTROPICALS CAN TAKE HEAT, EVEN IN THE ABSENCE OF MOISTURE. SOME CAN STORE WATER LONG-TERM, WHICH MAKES THEM GOOD CANDIIDATES FOR MY COCO POTS. FOR FROST PRONE ZONES, THESE VARIETIES ARE BEST INDOORS FOR THE DURATION.
VENTILATION IS A MOST OVER-LOOKED ASPECT OF PLANT CARE- INDOORS OR OUT. ADEQUATE AIR CIRCULATION REDUCES POSSIBLE MILDEWS ASSOCIATED WITH MOISTURE. TRADITIONAL PARLOR FERN HAVE LONG LOVED ENTRYWAYS AND CATCHING A BREEZE FROM OPEN WINDOWS.