I have a lovely new Timber deck and am wanting to find a rectangular lightweight pot/trough (approx 1.0mL x 400W) that has a water well, in which to plant a Crepuscule climbing rose to train along and over the railing. It will be in full sun. I am concerned that any overflow of water from the pot, with watering and/or rain will overtime damage the timber on the deck. Can you please advise anything I would need to do or add to the pot that would avoid this. What depth would you suggest the pot needs to be?
Would Bunnings have the type of pot I am looking for?
I would appreciate any experience others have had with this and any ideas to fix the problem.
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There are a couple of planters in our range that come close to the sizing you are after. We have the Tuscan Path 98 x 34 x 43cm Savannah Tri Planter Grey which has three separate inserts that do not have drainage holes. Alternatively, we have the Eden 98cm Indy Plastic Troughs which can be special ordered into our stores and also does not have drainage holes. I have not been able to find a trough close to the size required that has an inbuilt water well.
If you fill the bottom of the tough up with gravel this will provide a reservoir for water to sit in and stop the rose having constantly wet roots. The troughs would be unlikely to over-flow from watering or rainfall as they are quite tall. If they did overflow I don't believe the water would necessarily damage the deck though it might reduce the longevity of any stain or oil applied to it and possibly leave water marks. Products like Intergrain 1L UltraPrep Timber Cleaner can be used to remove discolourations prior to applying a new coat of oil when required.
Please let me know if you require further information or had questions.
Thank you again Mitchell. I will have a look at these as they sound like they will do the job, and if so I will order them.
I just thought I'd add that using some pot feet under the trough would be a great idea. They will allow air-flow under the trough and any water that does get under there will be able to dry out. Decks get rained on all the time and are perfectly fine as their decking oil protects them. What isn't good for them is trapped moisture and timber which stays constantly wet. The pot feet will solve this problem.
Great idea. Would you suggest a stand on wheels for when I need to move it when I re-oil the deck?
I don't believe I have seen a flat stand with wheels designed for troughs in the garden. They are normally designed for smaller pots. However, you could use a Move It Triangular Dolly if you placed one under all four corners.
If you used a higher set of feet you wouldn't need to move the trough and could simply oil around and under it. These feet only make contact with a very small surface area of the deck. This would most likely be the best choice as once the rose is established on the railing it might be difficult to move the pot away from it.
Hi Jennie (@Jfinlay),
I apologise for the delay in my reply. I believe the 40cm depth of those troughs I suggested would be about perfect for a climbing rose. I wouldn't advise going much less than that.