You better pull horsetail in the pot

You better pull horsetail in the pot

Why it makes sense to care for horsetail in the pot

Horsetail is spreading rapidly in the garden. The plant is very robust. Neither waterlogging nor compacted soils can stop the spread, because the herb prefers such locations.

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Since the roots go very deep, you can no longer get horsetail out of the garden once it has spread.

However, a multiplication via the underground rhizomes can be prevented well if you keep horsetail in the pot. The walls of the pot represent a natural root barrier.

This is how the planter must be made

Almost all types of horsetail that you can grow in pots are swamp or aquatic plants. You need a planter that is not only weatherproof, but also does not have a drain hole.

Since horsetail has deep roots, the pot should be at least 50 centimeters, even better 80 centimeters deep. The higher the diameter, the larger the plant will be in it.

Fill the bucket with nutrient-poor soil, sand or pebbles. Insert the horsetail and keep it nice and moist. Occasional short periods of dryness do not harm the horsetail. Rather, they ensure that too many mosquitoes cannot multiply in the planter.

Horsetail in the pot is not hardy

  • Move the pot to a protected corner
  • Place the vessel on styrofoam or wood
  • Cover the pot with bubble wrap
  • Pour leaves or straw over the plant
  • alternatively: dig in the pot

Horsetail is generally hardy, but in a pot the earth freezes too quickly in very cold winters. Therefore you should overwinter the bucket frost-free.

But don't forget to water occasionally so that the plant doesn't dry out completely.


Field horsetail is valued for its beneficial properties. If you don't have a horsetail in your garden, you'd better not plant one either. Better to collect it outdoors - be careful not to catch the poisonous marsh horsetail.