Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Rose Hugel Pot Update

The roses in the hugel pots are doing great. Much better than last year before I changed them.
The leaves all stay very green now and the plants don't wilt in between watering.
The best change is that they didn't get the usual rust and black spot disease.

Here's the link to the original posting:

These pictures were taken May 7th.  The plants are bigger now.

Since I made a lot of changes, can't identify what was most beneficial, but I believe the most significant changes were putting wood chip mulch on top, fertilizing with kitty-urine soaked cornmeal, and automatic daily morning watering with a micro-sprayer, not a dripper.

In another potted plant I did only this and it too improved greatly.
In the hot dry climate here one problem with pots is the soil will dry out at the top and still be wet at the bottom. The wood chips help keep the top moist and evens out the wetness level in the pot.
Also having the top moist encourages small feeder roots critical to the plants growth.


  1. I did this on a pomegranate tree I bought on march from HD. it is planted in the ground and I followed your experiment but with old pieces of mesquite trunks, and dumped a lot of water, sandy soil and chicken manure in the hole, then I planted. I water that tree only once a week on Saturdays because I do not live where I planted. Its August and the tree is doing just fine in 105F weather, just like you said, no wilt.

  2. I have around 25 replacement trees going into the ground in October. I am going to try your wood chip and soil mix to see how it works out. I am reasonably confident you may be on to something quite special. Thanks to "Cricket" for pointing me to your site.

    I always thought Hugelkultur was pretty special. And I remember for several reasons being surprised that you could successfully plant into it almost immediately. Your way is better in getting the wood breakdown benefits way faster. For creating hills and contours I can see logs being the way to go, but for everything else mixing in wood chips may be huge! [Plus mulching with them too.]

  3. Thanks for all the info on your site! We're planting a couple of trees to start our orchard off and will definitely be following your lead!

  4. I too love gardening just like you. I have a big lawn at my house and last year I have installed led outdoor landscape lighting in my garden. My garden looks so beautiful now.

  5. Gardening is one of the most interesting leisure time activities and It offers a great feel and it is the way of protecting nature. Essay writing service reviews


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