Don Mueller displayed this plant tower for Portland Garden Club members Tuesday.
PORTLAND - Garden Club members learned how to make plant towers Tuesday at Portland’s First Christian Church.
Don Mueller displayed a plant tower he had grown, and walked Garden Club members through the steps of growing their own.
“The type of pot you use is important,” Mueller said. “It’s there to form a structure.”
Mueller said a typical pot that is suitable for building a plant tower will cost around $35, and the total cost for building one will be between $80 and $100.
“You could use a tomato planter, and turn it upside down,” Mueller said. “I don’t recommend plastic pots. There’s a lot of vertical gardening going on today. I’ve made a few for family and friends.”
After a pot has been purchased, Mueller recommended installing a liner and a watering tool inside it, prior to placing plants in it.
“I recommend putting something heavy in there if the pot is lightweight,” Mueller said. “Or, it’s going to end up being top heavy. You can put gravel in the bottom of the plant to help stabilize it.”
Plants that are suitable for use with a plant tower include Periwinkle, English Ivy, and Begonias, Mueller said.
Judy Nardini asked what the most difficult element about building plant towers is.
“The hardest part can be planting the plants in there, and being patient,” Mueller said. “That’s the biggest problem.”
Mueller noted the importance of conserving water while gardening, and said he recently spoke to City Manager Randy Wright about the possibility of introducing a program to residents that would involve saving rainwater.
“I am proud to be able to have captured some of the rainwater we’ve had,” Mueller said. “I talked to the city manager about looking into that.”