Growing in a Bag of Top Soil

Please give me some hints or tips on if I did this right. I heard an idea long ago that I could plant some annuals in a bag of top soil. I put these bags where I don't have any flower beds. I bought impatiens and made an "X" for each flower, added some Osmocote and watered. Then the flowers would grow tall and bushy to cover the bag. Did I make a mistake in using topsoil instead of potting mix? I don't think there will be enough nutirents in the top soil for the flowers to thrive. Any help?


Hardiness Zone: 5a

Judy from OH

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By jean (Guest Post)
May 27, 20070 found this helpful

Did you make drainage holes in the bottom of the bag? You might also have better results if you remove the top of the bag completely before ferytilizing and planting. Try googling " instant raised planting bed construction" for more information.

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May 29, 20070 found this helpful

Although I've never heard of this, they should be fine in topsoil. Afterall, most people's gardens are filled with topsoil, not potting soil.

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By Jane (Guest Post)
July 15, 20070 found this helpful

Yes, I have done this several times with impatiens and petunias.
You need to have a green bag, cut 4 x along the front of the bag and insert your plant in each x. Leave the bag to sit for about 3 - 4 weeks in early spring so the roots can grow. Then hang up. Look beautiful.


Jane, Kenton OH

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