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Potting Up a 1-Quart Olla

Potting Up a 1-Quart Olla

Here’s a picture of a 1-quart Olla from Dripping Springs. It’s sitting in the middle of a 14″ pot. The is a great picture for a number of different reasons.First, it gives you a good idea of how well this new smaller Olla fits in an ordinary garden pot.

1 Quart Olla in 14 inch pot

And second, it shows you how the shape of the 1-quart Olla (flared at the bottom and tapered at the top) allows for maximum water storage, while still leaving plenty of room for plant roots.

Complimentary Potting Service at Dennis 7 DeesThis was actually my first experience working with a 1-quart Olla in a garden pot, except I didn’t do any of the work. Instead, I took my hanging pots and my Ollas over to Dennis 7 Dees on Powell Blvd. here in Portland, OR. Dennis 7 Dees has a rewards program for loyal customers that includes a complimentary potting service. I purchased the annuals at the nursery, and one of the staff members planted them  in the pots I provided.

Using a 1-quart Olla is easy. You need to put enough soil under the Olla so that the bulbous opening is positioned above the soil level. Then make sure the cap is on, and backfill with potting soil. Then just plant normally.

Since I will be hanging these pots on my Southwest-facing porch, we chose a lovely group of plants suited to full sun. Bacopa and Calibrachoa will provide constant blooms until the fall. And though the Sweet Potato Vine won’t produce flowers (or sweet potatoes), its variegated foliage and cascading growth habit will add visual interest to the arrangement.

I waited to fill the Olla with water until I got back home. And that’s when I discovered that the three plants I bought all have different moisture requirements. The Bacopa wants Medium water, while the Calibrachoa demands heavy irrigation. And the Sweet Potato Vine listed “evenly moist” under watering requirements. Lucky for me, one of the key benefits of Olla irrigation is that a clay pot only releases water when the plants need it. So I’m curious to see how these three plants fare with an Olla providing the water. My guess is that they will all be spectacular this summer!

New 1-Quart Ollas are Perfect for Potted Plants

New 1-Quart Ollas are Perfect for Potted Plants

Good news! Dripping Springs Ollas has just announced a brand new product. They will now be manufacturing Ollas in two different sizes. Dripping Springs will continue to make their flagship product, a 2-gallon Olla, that is perfect for raised beds, in-ground gardens and large planters. But now, they will also make a smaller 1-quart Olla designed… Continue Reading

Olla Irrigation and Summer Drought

Olla Irrigation and Summer Drought

The drought in California is making national news. But the truth is that all of the West coast has been receiving less rain than normal. Even here in Oregon, our normally dry summer started earlier than usual and has been hotter than usual. The days have been so hot, that I’ve found it difficult to spend much quality… Continue Reading

Lush Garden without Watering

It’s been hot and dry here in Portland, Oregon. I mean really hot…in the 90’s. And really dry…meaning that I can’t remember when it last rained. So you might think I’ve been spending all of my time watering the garden. But you’d be wrong. At the beginning of the garden season, I installed an Olla…a… Continue Reading

Clay Pot Irrigation: Ollas in Portland

It’s almost March here in Portland, Oregon…time to start thinking about the upcoming gardening season. Soon it will be warm enough to transplant seedlings and start a veggie garden. Already, the berry bushes are starting to put out buds and the ground is warm enough to sow cool season crops like spinach and peas. But,… Continue Reading

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