Monday, August 25, 2014

Tower o'spikes...

I've always had an aversion to strawberry pots, the shape and the pockets. I find them vulgar. Yes I know, it's a weird opinion but it's mine. So imagine how surprised I was when I spotted this chartreuse number at Crate & Barrel and had to have it. Had to.

My attraction is to the cylinder shape, so different than the usual bulbous outline. So what to plant in it?

What else!?

This root bound mass of Agave 'Baja' goodness was only $9.99 at Means Nursery.

I cut into the root-ball...

And then cut apart the agaves.

They're pupping fools!

The harvest, 14 plants (which works out to a mere 72 cents each)! I tossed the tiny pups, most of them broke into pieces during the separation.

Planting was easy, I just tucked the small ones in the pockets and filled it up with soil to the next level, repeat.

And saved the largest for the top.

Love it!

In fact I wish I could have bought another, but I as it was I got the last one.

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42 comments:

  1. That's a fab strawberry pot, and a great use for it!

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  2. It is a fab pot, you are not going to be able to get bear it once that lot settle in and get growing!

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    1. I'm not sure what you're saying? As in they'll overwhelm the pot?

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    2. Sorry, I just meant it will be a stunning column of spikes

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  3. It's just perfect for your garden and the little agaves are a great find.

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    1. Not hardy of course but I'll just bring the pot in come those winter temps...

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  4. Oh my Loree, you give a whole new spin on strawberry pots, and I LIKE it!
    So..no more plants or pots left?? thinking of going to Means today...heheheh

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    1. No more pots, there should be plenty of plants left...GO!

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  5. A loveable strawberry pot, wow! You are now queen of the seventy-two cent agaves! As always, you've created something gorgeous!

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    1. Is it weird that I actually calculated how much each one cost?

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  6. It is perfect! I was so inspired by all your cool containers and the way you group them! I got some great galvanized cylinder containers at CB2 that would look good in your garden. I planted mine with bromeliads.

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    1. I think I might know exactly which ones you're talking about, nice purchase and bromeliads must look great.

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  7. another wildly inspired potting, Ms. D.

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  8. That is an awesome use for a container of that style and shape. And holy cow, that's a lot of plants from one plant.}:P

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    1. I kinda hope they've moved past their super productive years.

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    2. You'd have to find another stunning pot for them if they haven't!

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  9. It looks great! I'm as impressed by the plant as with the pot. My one and only strawberry pot (sadly, not chartreuse) is also planted with succulents.

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    1. Perhaps yours is where I got the idea?

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  10. Wow, we love it as well! Funny enough we were just talking about growing succulents in strawberry pots when we spotted, funny enough a green one this morning. It wasn't as nice as the one you have though. On its own it actually looks nice too, like a textured vase.

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  11. Now THAT is a strawberry pot I could get on board with. I have an Agave 'Confederate Rose' that would be perfect in it :-)

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    1. I plan on stalking the Crate and Barrel outlet in Berkeley when we're down that way later this fall. Maybe they will have found a whole pallet they forgot about and they'll be on sale cheap!? (a girl can dream)

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  12. Now that looks really great. I love it! Like yourself I have an aversion to strawberry pots. I usually like to see lots of draping plants in a container which of course covers the pockets so I never found a use for them. You did a great job with this

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    1. Thanks Deanne, good to know my dislike is shared.

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  13. I saw that pot in the C&B catalog but of course I snoozed on getting one. You, however, in typical fashion, immediately saw, acquired and planted up, for a stunning (or is that one of "those" words?) result!

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    1. Stunning passes the test, as far as I'm concerned.

      I don't remember seeing this in the catalogue and I think the only reason I scored it at the store is because it was on the bottom shelf of a display behind a couple of other pots. Hiding in plain sight waiting for me.

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  14. Yep, that's kinda awesome. And I LOVE the color.

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  15. Love it. It's like a little green fireplug. Agave pups are a natural for it.

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  16. I agree with you about normal strawberry pots 100%. I hate them. Trust you to find a cool one, and not just shape but colour. Genius!

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    1. Indeed had it been another color I wouldn't have loved it quite so much, well unless it was orange, that would be a good one.

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  17. Cool. But what did you do with the extras? Or did all 14 fit?

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    1. There was one small one left over which went in a great yellow mid-century porcelain tumbler I'd recently acquired.

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  18. The color and shape of this pot makes it looks sort of like a saguaro cactus to my eyes. Maybe the reason you liked it even though you dislike the regular strawberry pots. So it was appropriate you planted agaves in it! Very nice looking.
    John ( Aberdeen)

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    1. OMG! I never would have thought of that but I can totally see it, and you're probably right about the attraction.

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  19. The moment I saw all of those Agaves at Means, I knew you would find an imaginative way to use them. Another home run.

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  20. That is outstanding! Love what you added and the pot is yummy! I need to find one!

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  21. Nice pot and a good plant for it. In a pinch, those pots (empty) make a good side table--just flip them over and put a tile on top

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