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Galvanised metal planters

LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,690
Do people insulate their metal planters? 

I've got a 2x2x3ft galv. water tank I'm planning to put a young cherry tree in. It will get full sun until 2-3pm.
"What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour". 
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  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 12,424
    I haven't with two of mine because I didn't know you were supposed to but I understand you use bubblewrap on the inside. I'd have thought if anything that would make the soil hotter, not insulate it against heat. Perhaps others can explain the science behind it. 
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,690
    I guess it's like how a thermos can keep liquids cold as well as hot. I might try and get hold of some polystyrene sheets to line it. The tank has a lip so it would also help when it comes to removing the root ball if/when I need to put it in a larger container or the ground. 
    "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour". 
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 12,424
    That might work quite well. 
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,020
    Roots enjoy neither being cooked nor frozen.   Insulation also helps prevent serious frost damage to roots in winter.  Worth doing in a big metal pot that you can't move to shelter.  If it's too late and already planted up, think about wrapping bubble wrap round the outside for winter.
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  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,690
    Not planted yet. Was going to put it in the container on the right, but after messing about with them have decided to put it in the big one. Will dig out some polystyrene sheets to line it. 

    I'm also half filling the container with a layer of gravel then a layer of sharp sand before adding soil.

    "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour". 
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,690
    Update.

    I used plastic storage box lids to create an inner wall for insulation. For drainage I filled the base with upturned plant pots and covered with gravel, and then geotextile fleece. To fill it up I used a couple more bags of gravel, and several bags of sharp sand mixed with some topsoil. Then finally about 40cm depth of just topsoil. It took a lot to fill!


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    "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour". 
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 12,424
    Gosh, hope you enjoy the fruits of your labours!
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,876
    during the rainy season."
    This is the UK, every season is the rainy season.
    Devon.
  • LatimerLatimer Posts: 1,065
    Morning @Loxley. I’m about to do the same with a galvanised planter (different plants though!) Do you not need any compost mixed in there with the top soil?
    I’ve no idea what I’m doing. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,882
    As it was a tree being planted, mainly soil is needed @Latimer. Compost breaks down, and eventually means more topping up. Soil doesn't settle quite so much, but still needs refreshing each year, especially with a productive tree. 
    I don't think I'd have used sand though. I'd just have used grit or fine gravel mixed with the topsoil, but perhaps @Loxley could let us know it went  :)
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