Sky Pencil Planter

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What would be a minimum size planter for a sky pencil evergreen. I want to use it as a screening.

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Answer #2 · Marylynn Swartz's Answer · Thanks for all that info. I'm in zone 7a. I have a spot 40 in wide on my deck that needs screening. I thought 3 of the sky pencil would do the trick.)

Marylynn Swartz Answered by Marylynn Swartz 4 months, 1 week ago
Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F

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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
You're very welcome. It sounds as though this should be a perfect location for this holly. It is also important to make sure the pots have drainage holes in the bottom. This plant needs a well draining soil and will not do well in too wet a soil. Let me know how you make out and please don't hesitate to ask any other questions you may have.

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Marylynn Swartz

Marylynn Swartz · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
I've been container gardening for sometime but am new to container gardening with shrubs.

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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
I grow many shrubs in pots that can be enjoyed all through my gardens and patios. The main thing when grown in pots is keeping them moist but never to wet or dry. This is a little more difficult than when shrubs are planted in the ground but it only takes a couple of weeks to know how often they will need watering.

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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Marylynn-Before planting a Sky Pencil holly in a pot you want to make sure this plant will survive in your location during the winter months. Do you know what hardiness zone you live in? This holly is hardy in zones 5-9. When planting in containers it is best to figure using plants that survive in 1-2 zones lower as plants can be damaged much more easily than if planted in the ground. Potted plants can be moved to a more protected area during the winter. Wraping the containers with insulating materials can also be done if protection from freezing temperatures is needed. Wood, concrete, clay, and ceramic pots are much more beneficial as soil will not heat up and dry out or freeze as quickly as it would in thinner sided plastic pots. I would plant this holly in a large container with approximately a 23 to 26 inch diameter and a depth of approximatel 16 inches or more. Most 1/2 whisky barrels come close to these dimensions to give you an idea of the size I would use. Because in time this holly can get tall this size container will give it the stability it may need to withstand hard wind that could tip it over. This size should also give this holly the amount of soil it will need to survive for many years. The more soil the better as this will help to keep the plants roots from temperature extremes which can happen more so in pots than when planted in the ground. If you are planting a smaller size plant at this time you can place a smaller pot inside the larger one and in time as more space is needed the plant can then be transplanted directly into the large container.

Please ask if you have any other questions.


Maple Tree Answered by Maple Tree 4 months, 1 week ago
Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F

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