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Turn A Fuchsia Into A Houseplant

How to pot up a indoor fuchsia plant.
Ok lets' be honest, Fuchsias are usually grown outside in hanging planters.  Because of their brightly colored blooms that hang down looking like explosions of color, they are a must have during the spring and summer months when you want color & beauty. So, it creates a bit of a dilemma when you think about bringing a pot of them indoors.  Below are a few tips to help make the transition easier.
Terracotta pot planted with fuchsia flowers.
Start by selecting a nice garden container to plant into.  Choose a pot that compliments your indoor decor.  Natural terracotta clay is good because these types of planter breathe and help to keep the fuchsia's root system healthier.  And, make sure it has a drain hole.  Once potted, place the flowerpot in a bright, indirect light. They don't do well in hot intense sunlight.  Keep the room cool like between 60 to 70 during the day and few degrees cooler at night.  A potted fuchsia won't bloom in temps above 75 degrees.

Water regularly during spring & summer, keeping the soil moist but not soggy. Fuchsias are heavy feeder so fertilize on a regular basis.  To prepare a fuchsia for winter, decrease the water and stop feeding in autumn.  The potted indoor plant may drop it's leaves during winter which is normal.  You can also trim the plant to 6" in autumn if you prefer.  Move the pot into a cool, dark room where temps stay between 45 & 55.  Watering lightly 2 or 3 times only.  Bring back to room temp in the spring.  If the fuchsia becomes root bound then by all means re-pot immediately into a larger container.

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Post Last Updated: 1/28/2016 8:00:28 AM 

Grow Rosemary For Indoor Plants

 Grow Rosemary for indoor plants potted in garden containers
Wouldn't it be wonderful to not only bring your Rosemary indoors but to pot it up so that it looks decorative, adds life to your indoors & smells wonderful?  Here are a few tips to help.
Plant containers of rosemary that you can use inside during the cold months.
First select a container you want to plant in.  Do you want a decorative urn or a natural terracotta clay container?  If you are putting this potted rosemary in your kitchen pick up the colors you are already using. Red, Yellow, bright Orange, glossy or matte finishes.  Make sure your container is large enough to hold a cluster of potted rosemary but no so large that it takes up needed space.  We prefer you use a pot with a drain hole which means you will need a saucer to catch water run off.  Have fun here and take some time to decide.
Potted Rosemary for indoors during the winter months.
First, fill the pots with potting soil.  Then use a starter plant from your local garden center or take a stem off of your existing rosemary plant outside. Remove the bottom leaves, place it in moist soil in a garden pot and in a couple of weeks it should sprout. Now place the pot where you  need and want it the most.  On a kitchen island where you can clip off pieces to cook with, how about on a living room mantle where the fragrance will fill the room with heaven.  We even recommend placing one pot in the bathroom.
Last tip: Don't over water.  People tend to over water indoor potted plants. Keep the soil slightly moist but not damp.  Look at the leaves and make sure they are staying deep green and not yellow.   

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Post Last Updated: 1/12/2016 7:08:25 AM 

Easy Houseplants you can grow now.

As the days stay dark longer and the wind blows colder outside, it's time to take stock of what is happening inside.  Do you need some life or color indoors?  How about warming up the place with some life?  Now is the time we suggest focusing on your houseplants & indoor gardening needs.  Below are some suggestions for easy to grow indoor plants that will add everything that is currently missing.
You may remember this houseplant because it's been around for years and is still very popular.  Spider Plant - with it's shooting up and out legs and thin petals.  They come in different varieties from dark green to light with cream or white stripes.  They are great for planting in a bright colorful flowerpot or hanging in an empty corner of a room where some color & life is needed.  Super easy to care for this one is a good one to pot up inside with great success.  We love the brightly colored high gloss planter. It's boldness compliments the plants muted colors.
Have you ever heard of the houseplant Peperomia?  Well we hadn't till we saw this on the Better Homes & Garden Website.  They are a diverse group of small houseplants with waxy and often highly textured leaves.  Red edge (pictured) has a narrow band of read surrounding a wide creamy leaf margins.  This potted houseplant is colorful, waxy leaves add color and they don't take up much room.  Not good around dogs or cats because it's poisonous.  We love this houseplant in a brightly colored pot where the top has a large opening so the broad leaves can burst out.
Probably our favorite suggestion for a potted indoor plant is this English Ivy. Commonly grown outdoors and used as ground cover this plant makes a perfect houseplant.  Set it up high on a mantle where it's stems can trail down or train the stems onto a topiary form to create a more formal, English style effect.  It's really easy to use cuttings off of.  Snip a 5" long piece of the stem, remove the bottom leaves and pot it up in moist soil.  Keep it moist and in a couple of weeks it should root.  AWESOME!  Potting English Ivy up for indoors is fun and creative. Using a garden urn like the photo is really unique and lovely.  But, ivy grows great in most pots, just be sure to place the planters where the ivy can trail.
Green Dracaena - offer solid green leaves or multi colored foliage.  All form compact rosettes when young but will eventually open up and become lovely.  They tolerate low light but produce better color in medium to bright light.  These look fantastic in brightly colored garden planters or pots with a pattern on them.  
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Post Last Updated: 1/12/2016 7:08:07 AM 

Winter Garden Delights

Winter containers full of evergreens, reeds & berries
It's cold outside and everything looks barren.  Your garden containers are sitting empty and look sad.  You need a pick me up and it starts with your winter flowerpot containers.  When you look outside the window it's so much nicer to see container brimming with color, berries, branches, evergreens & decorative lights & art.  Here are a few tips to help bring your winter garden pottery out of the winter blues slump!
 Fill containers with bright holly berries
Beautiful, colorful berries.  Jewels of the winter landscape, long lasting berries are a delight to wildlife and humans. While some shrubs produce fruit that is consumed as soon as it ripens, other plants produce persistent fruit.  It may not be the first choice of wildlife but this time of year when food is scarce they are happy to have that option. Winterberry or holly dominates winter with it's showy berry display.  Unlike evergreen holly winterberry sheds its leaves each autumn.  Leaving a luscious red berry.  Perfect for filling in your garden planters.

How about Firethorn?  Bright orange berries adorn this plant in winter and are its best attribute.  Its leaves may turn brown in fall and winter but the berries are outstanding.

Filling your planters with evergreens and filling in with colorful twigs, dried perrenials and cedar sprigs will add color, detail, decoration and wonderful scents.  Begin by filling the flowerpot with sand.  Walk thru the woods or your yard to collect items.  Sink the stems into the sand and your container garden is ready for winter. NO watering is necessary.

Do you have a birdbath that you can't fill with water because it will freeze.  How about decorating it with evergreen boughs, and plastic outdoor ornaments.  Make those lonely little birdbaths come to life.
 Winter ideas for empty birdbaths
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Post Last Updated: 1/12/2016 7:07:53 AM 

DIY vertical Garden Project

 DIY Vertical Garden Project

The guys from came up with a great DIY project that we had to share.

It shows how to take plain, simple, clay flowerpots and turn them into the most wonderful vertical garden. One that you can use anywhere.  On a balcony, in the garden, next to a kitchen door with potted herbs, or next to your BBQ with herbs.  This project is so wonderful we can't praise it enough.

Think of all the places you can hang these flowerpots that will give you a privacy screen, decorate a blank garden or patio wall or add height to a low planted garden.  

So get your clay flowerpots from us at Arizona Pottery, read thru this tutorial and good luck. We know once you start with a few pots you will be find yourself using this idea all over your yard or garden areas.

Click here for step by step instruction.
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Post Last Updated: 1/12/2016 7:07:40 AM 

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