Ways To Fill Tall Planters
Tall planters can decorate a large space or serve as a focal point for several smaller plants. There are alternate ways to fill your planters without spending too much or straining your back. Determine the soil depth required for the plant you wish to grow in the tall planters. If you can’t find information about root depth, which is sometimes available on plant tags, take into account the minimum size container in which you often see the plant growing. Measure the total planter height. Subtract the number of inches of soil needed from the total planter height to determine the depth of filler needed. Cut a piece of hardware cloth or landscaping fabric to fit the bottom of the container. Place the material in the bottom of the container to cover the drainage holes. If the drainage holes are on the sides at the bottom of the container, cut the material large enough to extend up the sides slightly and cover the holes so potting soil doesn’t work its way through the filler and escape through the holes.
Fill the container up to the chalk line with polystyrene foam packing peanuts. Mix equal parts compost, sphagnum peat and perlite or vermiculite to create your own potting blend. Fill the tall planters to within 2 inches of the top with the potting mix. Plant your choice of plants to the depth of the original container, and pack the potting mix gently around the roots. Add more potting mix, if needed, to fill the container to the edge. Water the plant with just enough water to moisten and settle the soil.