Wanted Small Plant Pots

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  1. longk

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    Spruce was just being wary. I've spotted a couple of blaggers on here and another forum. I'm not saying that the OP is a blagger, just saying I've spotted some.

    The answer to the original post is simple. Check on Freegle - there are always pots going on my local group. Also the 99p Shop, Poundland, Poundstretcher and B&Q (my local had them dead cheap a couple of weeks ago).
     
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      You could also make them from old news paper until you can sort some of the ones you are after.

      Rusty
       
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      • Lolimac

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        Ofcourse:thumbsup: that's a great idea from Rusty @tripwire1802 :dbgrtmb:
         
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          Disposable cups/glasses, yoghurt pots, poke a hole in the bottom, with a skewer or bradawl. They don`t have to be "proper" pots .
           
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          • "M"

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            And here's how to do it (if you don't already know)

            Supermarkets have bundles of free local newspapers available on Sundays which would be a cheap and fast way to get the paper :)
             
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              Thank you "M" what a good video. A few years ago I sorted loads of old pots, cleaned and sorted them and then just couldn't find anyone who wanted them, even our local recycling centre told me to put them in the skip "and they'll go to China, where they'll be melted down and made into more pots".
               
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              • tripwire1802

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                Thanks to everyone for your replies :). In the end I managed to win a bid on ebay late last night for some 100 used pots - picked them up this morning and now every window sill in the house is full of plants. The main problem was this was an impulse buy - I saw that Van Meuwen were selling 100 fragrant pink plug plants for delivery by the end of October, so I bought them, thinking they would all be tiny plants and fit in all the tiny pots I have in our shed. Instead, they are all good sized plants (much bigger than I expected), so they were much to big for my tiny pots. They arrived yesterday - I had put them in the bath whilst I worked out how to deal with the problem - I was worried they wouldnt be getting any sunlight and they needed potting up urgently - thats why I put this post on here last night. I had found some websites that sell them, but they all seemed to be a minimum of 7 days delivery - I would have needed to get in our bath before 7 days time. The ebay item I found let me collect this morning so it made things a lot faster.
                As a little but of further help, I have ordered a cold frame (http://www.greenfingers.com/product.asp?dept_id=200464&pf_id=DD8861D) - please can anyone advise if they think my pinks will survive over the winter if i put them in the cold frame outside?
                Thanks again everyone
                 
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                  By 'pinks', are we referring to dianthus? The perennial ones? If so, then I know they survive a British winter once established, but I wouldn't be so sure about ones that you've only just bought, as quite likely they are still a bit young and will have been started off in a warm greenhouse/polytunnel.

                  Maybe put some in the cold frame during the day time, but bring them in at night or any time the weather gets excessively cold perhaps.
                   
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                  Glad you were able to find a solution to your dilemma @tripwire1802 :thumbsup:
                   
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                    Hi tripwire,
                    glad you got your pots so rapidly. We are all inclined to be tempted into buying first and thinking after...:doh::heehee: but those Pinks should be able to cope with Winter in the cold frame but make sure their potting mix has sand or fine grit in it so that they can drain freely. They don't like having their feet perpetually in water.
                    Good luck,
                    Jenny
                     
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                    Thanks again - yes the pinks are perennial dianthus ones (5 varieties) - but much bigger than I expected with plug plants :)
                     
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