Double potting is a term that can be applied to a couple of different gardening methods, but the basic essence is always the same. It is the practice of inserting one potted plant into another, slightly larger. No matter how you do it, the benefits of double potting are numerous and not as obvious as you might think. But as with all good things, double invasion problems can also exist. Read on to find out more about the advantages and disadvantages of double potting.
Double Potting Pro
(Liz’s point of view) Perhaps the most common form of double potting involves using a cachepot. “Cachepot” is French for “hidden pot” and the secret of its use is in its name. It is a larger and more decorative container that serves to contain a slightly smaller container, probably less aesthetically pleasing, in which the plant is actually growing. There are many advantages of double potting in this way.
First of all, the moment when people are most likely to repot a plant is when they first bring it home from the store, when they want to get it out of that unpleasant plastic container. The fact is that being purchased involves a change in temperature, light, position and humidity, all traumatizing events in the life of a plant that can affect its health. He’s used to growing in that nasty plastic container, and being renamed right away might be enough to do it forever. That’s why the double cradle is so good. Simply immerse your new plant in the container of your choice and save the repotting for a little later. This, for me, is probably one of the biggest advantages of double potting.
Of course, you can never choose to move your plant permanently. Another of the double cradle professionals is that while the container remains the same, the plants that inhabit it can be exchanged without problems. It works very well with annual flowers and plants with seasonal flowering. Place a large decorative container in your landscape or near your front door, and you can swap plants that grow all year round, so you’ll always have flowers without the hassle.
Idea of mixing several potted plants
This idea of mixing several potted plants in the same container leads us to another type of double potting which has its advantages: the double underground potting. By sinking a container into a hole in the ground, you can swap the plant that grows in that part of your garden whenever you want, without ever having to dig.
However, the advantages of the double underground cradle are not limited to simple changes. It can also make a healthier, low-maintenance plant. Pot plants grown on the surface need to be watered more frequently and are much more sensitive to wind damage and temperature fluctuations. The double cradle offers a plant all the benefits of growing in the soil (better water retention, stable temperature, wind safety) without forcing you to commit to planting it in your garden.
If the plant stops blooming or you need to take it indoors for the winter, you can simply lift it from its point in the ground and move it. If you wish, you could dazzle your neighbors with a cactus-filled garden in Minnesota. Just make sure to let them in before the nights get cold!
Cons of double potting
(Nikki’s point of view) It is not that I am totally opposed to double-pot plants. In fact, I use this same practice with many of mine. There are, however, some disadvantages of double invasion and it would not be wise not to consider them at least before using cachepots in the home or garden. place pans inside others
First, those decorative cachepots don’t have drainage holes. While it’s nice and good to place your potted plants (with drainage) inside these containers, you need to keep in mind that stagnant water from watering your plants can quickly become a problem. Life happens and when you’re in a hurry (or just feeling a little lazy), it’s not uncommon to pour some water on your plants, only to be remembered later with annoying mushroom flies or stinking stagnant water that is been sitting for weeks or months.
Oh, and then there is the real good chance of losing those plants due to root rot if the pot in which they were planted remained in that water too. I learned it from personal experience (yes, sometimes I’m guilty of being lazy). That’s why it is highly recommended to remove plants from cachepots when watering them, even if you are running out of time – Note for yourself: follow this recommendation.
And what about those double underground vessels? Well, these are a little easier and less of a problem since they are usually not as imaginative (because they are in the ground and unseen), so many of these will actually have their own drainage holes, or you can add them. This, of course, solves the double potting problems with irrigation.
Aside from the watering problem, I find that many of Liz’s benefits of doubling potted plants are reason enough to prove it. Just make sure to keep those “cons” of the double-cradle in the back of your mind.