Re: CP digest 528

Brett Lymn (
Tue, 14 Nov 1995 13:04:27 +1030 (CST)

According to
>1. How deep do the roots on species such as S.Flava N.C. go
> such that I can allow adequate room (in depth of soil)?

I normally have my sarras in 8" -> 12" tall pots and normally find
that come potting time the roots have reached the bottom and have done
a couple of laps.

>2. How effectively will water travel up, or be absorbed by, soil consisting
>mostly of peat(with some perilite). In other words, if a pot is in a 3 inch
>dish, how tall can the pot be-6", 8,"12"?

You have capilliary action working for you here - I normally put my
pots in 2" -> 3" of water, they survive fine even through our 40 deg C
plus summers.

>I would like about 12" depth of soil, but do not know if this is overkill or
>to little.

Sounds like a goodly depth to me if you want lartge plant,
constraining roots will reduce the maximum size your plants will reach
(just look at what you can do with bonsai...)

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