A little too wet

With our day-long rain recently, I got a reminder of some of the problems in my garden. Not major things for the most part, but things that either I've been meaning to do but didn't really see the immediate need, or things I had forgotten about.

For instance this potted bamboo. When I dug it at Mike's garden weeks ago, I put it into a pot that did not have any drainage holes. (I just realized I never even posted about that dig. It did happen though.)


Bamboo likes water, but it doesn't like waterlogged soils. Oh, there are some species (Phyllostachys heteroclada for instance) that can tolerate wet soils, but usually it's best to plant those in drier areas and let them run into the wet spots -- putting them directly into the wet soil usually is a bad idea.

So a pot without drainage is not a good choice for bamboo. This hasn't been a problem though, since we've had virtually no rain since I've done this, and I've watered the plant sparingly. The soil has stayed moist and the plant has looked fine, so I wasn't worried about lack of drainage. I pretty much forgot that it could be an issue at some point.

The hours and hours of rainfall reminded me that although this is a division of heteroclada, it may soon be a dead division if I don't do something.

So I did something.

I cut some drainage holes, allowing the waters to recede.

Leaving the plant drier and happier.

Looks like it could use some mulch though.

(It also looks like I could try getting these divisions into the pots better. That's not strictly a vertical planting, is it?)


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Rock rose  – (September 17, 2011 at 7:00 AM)  

I'm happy for you for your rain. I wish it would get down here. I saw 4 spots on the windscreen yesterday but that was it. I think they call that spotty showers!

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (September 17, 2011 at 12:10 PM)  

I assume this was a pot for a miniature water garden or something similar? :-)

I just came across a glazed pot in the front yard with standing water--although it most definitely has drain holes. Time to investigate!

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