DomePots of interest, 3 different media
- This season and last I have been expanding the types
of media I use in domepots, and I am always trying new
and different containers to convert into domepots.
One of the most successful pots (shown in photos) has
been a very small hanging basket (drilled to increase
drainage) with half of a 2 liter drink bottle as the
humidity dome. The mini-hanging basket has rooted a
high percentage of Camp's Red cumberlandense (6 or 7
cuttings rooted in a pot of 10) year before last and
most recently some Yaffle calendulaceum stuck in late
I have been buying $1 plastic colanders (check out the
photos) from the dollar store and using them as
domepots for cuttings filled with long-fiber sphagnum
moss (prefer live moss), medium coarse perlite and a
The colanders have a short pedestal that keeps them
upright, level and off the ground. I sometimes make
hanging baskets from colanders. Colanders need no
extra drain holes, they drain perfectly with a wide
variety of media. I use my pocketknife awl to make a
second hole on the side for attaching a hold-down wire
to the humidity dome.
I can gather sphagnum moss from along a creek behind a
friend's house here in the country or from the edge of
the large pond on our family farm about 3 hours away.
I use fresh green and store-bought long fiber sphagnum
moss for propagation and in the floating pots that I
grow carnivorous plants in within my garden pond.
Today I found some California Cobra Plant pitcher
plant growing with another pitcher plant that I bought
from a nursery in Cullowhee, NC, Darwin Thomas at
Mike Creel, Lexington, SC