Types Of Cachepots: How To Use A Cachepot For Plants
By: Susan Patterson, Master Gardener
For houseplant enthusiasts, using double pots for plants is an ideal solution to cover up unsightly containers without the hassle of having to repot. These types of cachepots can also allow the indoor or outdoor container gardener to mix and match designs that complement their home, even throughout the seasons. Cachepot plant care alleviates many issues associated with growing potted plants.
What are Cachepots?
Many people are anxious to repot houseplants as soon as they get them home from the store. However, some plants are extremely sensitive, and repotting immediately can disrupt roots and over stress the plant. A better idea is to leave the plant in its original container and use a cachepot. A cachepot is a decorative planter that you can sit your potted plant inside without having to completely repot the plant.
Benefits to Using Double Pots for Plants
Cachepots are usually pretty and may be simple or elegant. These pots add a finished look to your plant. When you use a cachepot, you do not disrupt the plant roots or create stress for the plant. There is no repotting mess and you can move your plant to a new pot at any time.
There are many different types of cachepots including metal pots, baskets, wooden containers, fiberglass pots, terra cotta pots, and glazed pottery. Any bowl, pot, or container may serve as a cachepot as long as your plant will fit inside.
How to Use a Cachepot
Using a cachepot is as simple as setting your plant down inside the container. Be sure that the container is large enough to easily remove the plant if you need to.
If your cachepot has a drainage hole, you can slip a saucer under the pot to catch the water. Some people dress their plant up even more by adding a layer of Spanish moss to the top of the soil.
Cachepot plant care is easy. It is best to remove your plant before watering and allow the water to drain completely out of the plant before placing it back into the cachepot.
Now that you know how to use a cachepot, why not give it a try so you, too, can enjoy the benefits of this container gardening secret.
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Cachepot: How To Double Pot And Display Plants Without Repotting
What’s the easiest way to describe the term “cachepot”? Think double potting plants or a pot inside a pot.
One mistake many people make as soon as they bring their new plant home is – repotting houseplants. I haven’t quite figured out why. Maybe it makes them feel good or they think the plant will do better.
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Generally, the plants you purchase can stay in their growing pot for a long time.
Most plants sold come in a plastic or azalea pot. I realize these pots aren’t the most attractive. Sometimes the plant may be a little top heavy and unstable depending on the plant variety.
One way to “spruce up” the plant look – is to “Double pot” or “use a Cachepot” your plants. It’s what professional plantscapers do.
Cachepots help separate the growing pot of a moth orchid for example from the flower pot used to display the plant. More formally a cachepot conceals a flowerpot placed inside an ornamental receptacle.
The pot or container with a drainage hole a plant grows directly in we call a “grow pot”. The decorative more-attractive container you place the “grow pot” in what we call a cachepot planter.
You’ll find many potential and gorgeous cache pots ceramic designs, along with good, the bad, and the ugly ones. It’s also fun to come up with interesting ideas on how to use unusual items into fabulous, attractive plant holders. But, when and how should you use a cachepot?
Caring for Vinca Periwinkle
You can plant vinca vine in pots as an annual or bring it indoors when the weather gets cold. Check the soil in the container regularly and water as needed to keep the soil moist. Vinca periwinkle is drought tolerant, notes North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension, so it is better to allow the soil to dry than to overwater, which can lead to root rot.
Many potting soil mixtures may contain a slow-release fertilizer. If the one you selected does not or if you are starting in the summer when the original fertilizer has been used by the plant, feed the vinca every other week with a 15-30-15 water-soluble fertilizer, advises Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Follow the package instructions to apply the fertilizer.
You can easily propagate your periwinkle to new pots or to give as gifts by planting a stem cutting from a healthy plant in a new pot. If the vinca outgrows the pot, you may need to remove it and either replant it in a larger pot or divide it and discard the unused part of the plant. Make sure not to compost the plant or discard it anywhere it can grow or spread. This is best done in the spring before the growing season begins.