You just purchased or better yet created your own succulent garden container. It is sitting in the middle of your patio table looking marvelous. Then one day you notice that it's looking a bit unruly and you figure out that they are growing. Even though potted succulents are slow grows they do GROW! All plants even succulents will eventually need to be re-potted. In the meantime how about giving them a little trim? Here's a few tips to help.
Pruning a potted succulent container is pretty simple. Start by keeping the container clean of dead leaves or buds that have fallen off. As you succulent starts to grow new leaves you need to remove the bottom ones closest to the soil. If you don't the soil will not dry out completely between watering and the leaves will start to rot. Just pinch them off with your fingers. Did you know that removing leaves like this can encourage new growth in most potted plants?
Now to the pruning part. Succulents do best if pruned at the beginning of their growing season. Spring time is the best time but that doesn't mean you can't prune though out the rest of the year, it just means Spring is best. If your arrangement is grouped closely together you may need scissors or tweezers to get between the leaves without smashing them trying to move them out of the way.
It goes without saying that this is a good time to remove any plants that look sick or dead. You can fill in gaps with new plantings or cuttings off your existing succulents. The last step we like is what we call pot topping. Use decorative rock to cover the soil of the arrangement. It really adds a lovely touch and gives the planter a finished look.
So you have cleaned up your garden, patio and porch area and prepared for the coming winter months ahead. Everything is locked down for the cold. How are your houseplant pots doing? Have you taken any steps to help the indoor pots survive the changing season? Well, we have a few tips to share that we think now would be a good time of year to implement. Take a peek...
Believe it or not, just because your potted plants are indoors doesn't mean they can't be negatively affected come winter. The air dries out more, dust collects and daylight is at a minimum. All of these combined make it very difficult for indoor potted houseplants to maintain their health and beauty.
Keep em clean: Dusting a home is never a fun way to spend your spare time but did you know that all indoor potted houseplants have tiny pores on the surface of their leaves that breathe. If they become clogged with dust and dirt particles growth slows down and the plants start to show stress. Indoor pot plants need as much sunlight as possible and dust blocks out it out. Also it just doesn't look good does it!
Take the time to clean the leaves with a soft cloth or sponge dipped in warm water. Hold the houseplants leaf for support and don't press hard. For hairy leaves try a small toothbrush or cotton ball. Lastly do the underside. It gets dusty too.
Watering times and amounts will change come winter also. Indoor heating can produce dry warm air that is not the best for indoor pots. Try misting your houseplants to create some humidity. Coat the stems and the leaves with misty droplets. Now would be a good time to group them together so that they can benefit each other with the moisture they will expel.
Finally let them rest. Now is the time for everything in nature to slow down and refresh. While your indoor houseplants rest the growth slows or stops so their watering and feeding schedule can change. Fertilize lightly once you are sure that growth has slowed down.
So, spend a few minutes tending to your indoor potted houseplants to prep them for winter and we think you will notice they will weather this harsh season much easier.
When planting a garden container you plan it out logically and emotionally. You select the perfect garden planter and plant materials. Then all of a sudden the planted container starts to show stress. What do you do? You need to find out what is going on and how you can stop it immediately. A planted container can't wait long for you to figure it out. Here are a few ideas to go to first.
The first place to go is to find out what is going on with the potted plants roots. The area that grows beneath the ground into the soil. Watch for Vine Weevil attacks. Many come in nursery plants and feed on the plants leaves and lay their eggs in the soil. Once the eggs hatch after about 10 days, the grubs burrow into the soil and feed underground on roots. Sooner than later the plant is unable to drink water and collapses.
Use sharp mulches like broken egg shells to discourage adult weevils from laying eggs. Pick them off of the plants if you see them.
Next check the drainage. Make sure the drain hole in the base of the planter is not plugged with soggy soil or rocks. Maybe you need more than one drain hole so plan on drilling more holes with a masonary bit. If the roots become water logged it will suffocate them and they will die.
Cover the flowerpots drain hole with pot shards or use pot filler to help the water to drain thru the soil without plugging the drain hole.
Lastly, is your potted plant starving. Every time you water your potted plants you loose nutrients from the potting soil. If you don't fertilize your soil and plants they will starve and eventually stress out and die.
Regardless how good the potting mix is watering will deplete nutrients over time. Use a good fertilizer and keep the potted plants you are trying to grow healthy longer.
Have you always wanted to attract butterflies to your patio or porch area? Well here are a few tips that will help you create a butterfly garden in a container that will do just that.
The simplest way to attract butterflies to your patio pots is to provide them with food that the butterflies want. Plan on potting up both butterfly friendly flowers that are nectar rich and types of plants that caterpillars like to eat.
Lets start with the garden planter. Most flowers and plants don't need a deepplanter because their roots are rather shallow. However this is not the time to downsize your choice of planter. You want a pot that is large enough to hold a variety of plants and flowers that will attract butterflies. Plan on placing those containers in a area of your patio where they will get 6 hrs of sunlight daily and not a lot of wind.
Next is selecting the types of flowers and plants to pot up. Grow nectar plants that attract butterflies. Flowers are the best like marigolds, cosmos, verbena, butterfly weed and lavender. Add a host plant to each container where butterflies can lay their eggs on the bottom of their leaves. Black eyed susan, milkweed, asters, cornflowers, and herbs like fennel and dill.
Plant the flowers at different heights with tall in the center and trailing or low flowers around the outside of the garden planter. This also is a basic idea to do with any garden planter where you not only want function but beauty.
Now is not the time for chemicals and pesticides. Another great suggestion is to leave a saucer filled with sand, salt and water so the butterflies can nibble the minerals. This is called Puddling.
Who doesn't love butterflies? We all love seeing them flying around our porch or patio areas. Follow these simple basic tips and increase your garden beauty.
Think it would be fun to grow cilantro in a flower pot? Well, it's very easy to do! The best part is that it is not only easy to do but think of what you can do with fresh cilantro growing indoors during winter! Salsa anyone!
Cilantro grows best in cooler temps. It does well when potted outside in spring, fall and even early winter. Unfortunately if you want to grow cilantro outside during the summer it will go to seed fast and end its' growing life. So the best thing to do is fill a garden pot with it indoors and have it available all year long.
Start by filling with potting mix. Cilantro likes all kinds of pottery so this is the time to choose a planter that matches your home decor. Just make sure that there is a drain hole. No herb not even cilantro likes to have it's roots sitting in stagnant water. Water the potting mix now and get it damp. Make sure the overflow comes out the bottom of the pots drain hole.
Sprinkle the cilantro seed over the surface of the moistsoil evenly. Cover with 1/4" of potting soil and mist it with water to moisten. Now is the time to start misting the soil to keep it moist till the seeds germinate.
Take the pot and place in direct sunlight. Hopefully the potted cilantro will get 6 hrs of direct sunlight per day. Mist the soil when it begins to dry out and keep misting for 7 days till germination.
Now water the plants when the top soil dries and rotate the pot so that all sides of the cilantro get sunlight. Here is the fun part. Harvesting the cilantro leaves. Wait till the indoor potted plant grows 4" in height and have full size leaves. Cut the leaves with kitchen shears leaving at least one set of leaves on each plant. We recommend you harvest off different sections of the pot so that each plant has time to regrow.
Lastly fertilize the potted cilantro when the plants are 6 weeks old. This will help to keep the grow steady and healthy. Now top salsa with these beauties and enjoy.