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Plywood Pots?

Post  remist17 on Mon Oct 17, 2011 11:19 pm

my company has a lot of scrap plywood. It is 3/8" to 3/4" CD plywood. Can I make pots out of it? Is it ok to use?

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Re: Plywood Pots?

Post  bucknbonsai on Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:41 am

yes, it works better than plastic tubs because the wood doesnt flex like plastic and hence fine roots are not broken up when you lift the pot. Also the wood is a better insulator than black plastic which can bake roots in full sun in the summer.

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Plywood Pots

Post  bonsaisr on Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:13 am

You could use untreated plywood for training pots, but it would not be a suitable substitute for the ceramic pot for a finished bonsai.
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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:29 am

Depends upon the plywood, outdoor plywood will last a while, but kept wet the indoor stuff will delaminate pretty quickly.

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Post  Mr. Moody on Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:53 am

Bill stole the words right out from under my fingers. I would stay away from pressure treated as well, the chemicals can leach into your substrate.

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Post  drgonzo on Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:08 am

Because CD is pretty rough stuff you may find it rots out on you pretty quickly (3-4yrs). It would be good for grow boxes I suppose, nearly half of my collection is in 1by pine sided, plywood bottomed, grow boxes, they warp, they turn grayish-black with age and water, but they serve well for their purpose. One thing I like to be able to do is whip together custom grow boxes in the shop while I'm collecting trees from the woods, I can basically dig, bare root, measure the root size, and throw together the appropriate sized box in my shop all as part of the transplanting process.
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Post  remist17 on Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:27 pm

I was hoping for this answer. If the wood is free to me I am out zero dollars. If it last 6 months or 5 years I am ahead of the game. The wood is not treated jsut standard plywood c/d grade.

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Post  smalltrees on Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:47 am

remist17 wrote:I was hoping for this answer. If the wood is free to me I am out zero dollars. If it last 6 months or 5 years I am ahead of the game. The wood is not treated jsut standard plywood c/d grade.

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Post  Phillip W. on Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:50 am

You can screw small hooks in around the edges of the box, and if you need to train a branch in a particular direction they provide a good anchor point.

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Post  remist17 on Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:53 pm

Boy I am so happy, I cant wait to go and build some !!! Is it spring yet

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