Flat Tire Decor Container Garden
Photograph © Kerry Michaels
I was recently sent this pot made from re-cycled tires and have totally fallen for it. I love that this is a great looking pot with an environmental and social mission. The environmental mission is to keep old tires from landing in landfills and the social mission is to provide jobs for people with disabilities, who construct the pots through the Curative Care Network.
I'm using my pot as a cache pot, meaning I'm keeping the plant in it's nursery pot and simply placing the plant, pot and all, inside the Flat Tire Decor pot. If your plant sits too and low when you put it in the cache pot, you can put a plastic container (I find yogurt size works well), or a cup or mug, upside-down under the plant to raise it up. If you only need to raise it a small amount, Pot Risers work well for this.
Sometimes you can see the pot inside the pot (especially if you have an upright plant) and will want to hide it. A good trick is to tuck Spanish moss around the plant. This can also give your container a nice finished look.
Note: I wouldn't use this pot for edibles and would keep it in the shade or inside because there is some evidence that tires in the sun can leach harmful chemicals into soil. Also, black rubber can get really hot in direct sun, so you might want to keep this pot in the shade or part shade.