Asked on Apr 30, 2017

I live in gardening zones 8/ 9/& 10. I have a gardening ?

CarolDianaMybe
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Nothing has survived in my frog 🐸 shaped ceramic stone planter. After several tries, I added real stones then foam popcorn pieces atop the stones for drainage, followed with soil. Even the lavender plant died, I removed everything except the small stones awaiting soil and a hardy plant. Any ideas what plant or flower I should plant in it next?
19 answers
  • Goldrushgal
    Goldrushgal
    on Apr 30, 2017

    Have you tried a succulent plant? They can go a long time with very little water. You would only need to sprinkle occasionally. I have a pot of succulents I water only once or twice a month. Since your pot has no drainage this would work well. If succulents get too much water they turn yellow. Not enough water and they start to shrivel but even then a little water will bring them right back. Just make sure the soil dries out before watering again.
    • Jah12102269
      Jah12102269
      on Apr 30, 2017

      Thank you for your thoughtfulness, I have a succulent garden underneath my bedroom window which has flourished seventeen years so of course that was my first and second choice. Rather than planting cabbage cactus and other easy to care for succulents that failed to survive, perhaps I should take a piece of an existing cactus 🌵 to plant in my frog pot. Drilling a hole is not an option since the pot is a sentimental keepsake, maybe the pot is finished with a coating that doesn't allow moisture to escape?
  • M. M..
    M. M..
    on Apr 30, 2017

    If there's something leaching out of the frog container into the soil, that might be the culprit. It's a fairly small container for a plant.I think your easiest solution is to put a potted plant, in its pot, inside the frog, and cover the inner pot's rim with some soil. I live in a 9-10 zone and I do know that some containers get too hot/dry, even with daily watering. MY gardener friend says in our area, containers need to be BIG to keep the dirt inside from overheating. Using stones and popcorn may have allowed the roots to get too hot since it allowed air, which can get as hot as the outside-of-the-pot temps.. Rich, moist potting soil inside a pot should stay fairly cool. I wonder if putting the frog into a saucer of water so that the cement/clay of it can soak up some moisture to keep the pot cool would work, in addition to watering it from the top?. During the hottest part of the day, feel the side of the pot. It should feel cool to the touch, coolness indicates moisture, even if it's evaporating. This little guy might do better in the shade or protected by some bigger containers sheltering it a bit. The mouth of the pot is big enough to put a small pump in for a fountain, too! Let us know what happens!
    • Jah12102269
      Jah12102269
      on Apr 30, 2017

      Oh thanks, your fountain idea is a great one! The pot is larger than it appears in the picture with no drainage hole. Soil doesn't dry out but stays soggy, I know, very odd since you'd ex the opposite. It gets morning sunshine then indirect afternoon sun till early evening. I've moved it accordingly to plant liking but no go.
  • Nora Klein
    Nora Klein
    on Apr 30, 2017

    Does the pot have a drainage hole? If it doesn't nothing will survive.
    • Jah12102269
      Jah12102269
      on Apr 30, 2017

      No drainage hole and since it's a keepsake that's not an option...but so hopefully something will eventually thrive.
  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro
    on Apr 30, 2017

    Sounds like there is no drainage.Plant in a pot small enough to fit inside the frog.
  • Cat
    Cat
    on Apr 30, 2017

    I agree with the above comments should have drainage ..... been there and had to put holes in Container. Tape area then drill few holes the tape should stop container from splitting or cracking. Good luck.
  • Sedum ground cover will grow in this. I have several pots that I layer the bottom with small rocks and keep sedum in it all year around. it always comes back up and flourishes!
    • Jah12102269
      Jah12102269
      on Apr 30, 2017

      Your garden is beautiful! I have a pot of Sedums! It sets in its original pot atop a dry birdbath where it thrives. Thank you for your help!
  • Cathy Southerland
    Cathy Southerland
    on Apr 30, 2017

    If you dont want succulents than I'd suggest adding perlite to your potting soil mixture. It absorbs water to keep pot from drying out. Good luck!
  • Kay
    Kay
    on Apr 30, 2017

    I am more inclined to think that something is leaching into the soil. A pot within the frog-pot should solve the problem. Happy Spring!
  • My vote is for sedum or a succulent, but place it in the shade and it should do well. I have the same problem, a small container, holes or no holes, not much lives in the blazing sun all summer.
  • Janis Hill
    Janis Hill
    on Apr 30, 2017

    Rather than planting directly in the frog pot try planting in a plastic container (flower pot) and placing it in the frog. Leave the stone in for drainage, but after a heavy rain pull the pot out to drain and dump the excess water.


  • Kaye
    Kaye
    on Apr 30, 2017

    Look for the ugliest plant you can find and pop that in there. Guaranteed to grow. Or you may want to try a moss or ivy to see what that will do.

    Good luck
    • Jah12102269
      Jah12102269
      on Apr 30, 2017

      Hahahaha! Love ❤️ that idea! I'm a sucker for not so pretty plant! Someone else suggested Moss too! Thank you!
  • Sandy Young
    Sandy Young
    on Apr 30, 2017

    I live in Zone 9 and have flower boxes on the south facing side of our house. The intense sun killed everything I planted in them rather quickly. Things may have been okay if I'd watered 2-3 times a day, but that wasn't going to happen. I finally planted moss rose in them and that is doing great. Pretty flowers, pops of color and now going on their 4th year Hardy!
  • Patricia Probasco
    Patricia Probasco
    on Apr 30, 2017

    Has the frog planter been painted inside? Some paints, if not sealed can kill a plant. If I paint a planter, I put paper inside so non of the paint gets inside.
  • Jah12102269
    Jah12102269
    on Apr 30, 2017

    Thank you...Ivy was a consideration but just hadn't done so yet. I'll let you know how it goes!
  • Elaine
    Elaine
    on Apr 30, 2017

    I think you may find it's too hot for ivy. Portulaca (Moss Rose) might work as they like sun and are tough. What about Asparagus Fern? It grows like a weed in Florida, is lacy and delicate looking and drapes nicely over the edges of containers. The plant has fleshy nodules on the root system that conserve water. The plant is extremely tough! It does grow a healthy root system but if the root clump gets too large, pull the plant out, take a sharp knife and cut off several inches from the sides and bottom of the root ball then simply shove it back in the pot and rewater. You might see a few yellow fronds fall off but it fills in again rapidly. It is one of my favorite ferns as it is graceful looking yet tough and impossible to kill!
  • Trish Sweeton
    Trish Sweeton
    on Apr 30, 2017

    What about air plants? All they need is...air?
  • Mybe
    Mybe
    on May 1, 2017

    If you don't mind a plant that grows upright, try rubella (mexican petunia). I have it and its lived through almost everything - getting too dry, being too wet (for a short time) even a freeze when the greenhouse went out for several days. The other thing you might try is water umbrella papyrus. I'd put it in a non-draining pot inside the frog since it is sentimental (if you try asparagus fern I'd put it in a pot within the frog too for the same reason) and the roots can damage/break pots if they grow too big for the pot. Have you tried decorative sweet potato vine? Its pretty hardy to different environments. Good luck and let us know if find a successful plant. I have a small pottery pot that I gave my mom when I was a kid, it is so pretty - but I call it a death pot because we never found something that would live in it. Still have the pot. I may try it again and if no luck, here come the fake flowers to make it look alive.
  • Diana
    Diana
    on May 1, 2017

    Try baby tears.
  • Carol
    Carol
    on Jan 21, 2020

    I would find some nice pretty artificial flowers and call it a day. There are so may ones that look real, no one but you would know.

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