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Can You Grow Banana In Flowerpots?



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Did you have to look twice at this title?  Who can grow a banana in a flowerpot?  Well, if you are feeling brave and adventurous and think you would like to give this idea a go, here are a few tips!

Banana is a lush green, fast growing plant that can give any place a tropical look and feel.  Many varieties become excellent houseplants that donít need much care and grow up very quickly.  Dwarf varieties of banana trees can grow anywhere.  Growing a banana tree in a garden planter in a tropical climate is super easy, with little care.  If you are living in USDA Zones 9 to 11, keep the potted tree in the shade in afternoon in summer, when itís young.

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Make sure the flowerpot has well, draining soil. Buy a good quality potting mix.  Potted banana trees need slightly acidic to neutral soil to produce potassium rich bananas.  Banana loves moisture.  Water the planter regularly and deeply but donít over water.  In summer, water daily.  In hot weather, water twice a day.  Soil should be moist but not soggy.

Banana Plant likes humidity, so to increase it around the plant, mist it and place a layer of pebbles in the saucer, fill the saucer with water and make sure the pot is not sitting in the water.  The humidity will help.  When the temp outside drops below 50 degrees you need to move the pot indoors.

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What is wrong with your potted succulents?



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Succulents are making a huge comeback right now. Everyone wants them potted on their patio, porch and even indoor garden planters.  The problem is you killed them in a few weeks and you are not sure why.  Here are a few tips on what may have gone wrong.

1.        Giving them too much water:  You are used to watering your potted flowers daily and even enjoy the process.  But succulents are very different.  They can get by with less water than a typical houseplant and are more like a cactus.  The planters soil should be cool and damp to the touch but never saturated or soggy.  Sometimes itís even easier to mist the soil instead of feeding it directly for best results.

2.       The pot is way too small.  Maybe you found a flowerpot that was super cute and you thought it would look great with your succulent planted in it.  Just make sure there is room for the roots to grow.  Itís best to select a garden pot based on the depth being twice as deep as the plant.  Make the width three times as wide.

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3.       Is the drainage in the container?  Planting succulents in cute containers like tea cups or a cowboy boot are fun but if they donít have proper drainage the plant will not survive.

4.       Make sure the weather is warm enough.  Donít place the clay planter in a drafty window or out in cold weather.  Keep them in an area that is pretty consistent.

5.       Make sure the planters soil is rich enough.  If not, then stir in some organic matter into the mix.  This way the potted succulents get the feed they need in order to be healthy.

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These are just a few tips but they are very important ones.  

 
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Put Fruits & Berries in Garden Planters



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Nothing is better than the fresh, sweet flavor of home-grown fruit and berries.  Even though not all fruit can grow well in the space of a garden planter, many do really well.  When it comes to selecting the size of planter to use, we go back to the old saying, the bigger planter the better.  You need room for the root system to be able to prevent the plant from becoming root bound.  Eventually all fruit trees or berry bushes will need to be transplanted into the ground.

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Many fruit trees are naturally small and perfect for a garden planter.  Dwarf varieties are your best bet. Now is the time to select the container.  You pretty much can go with any material of flowerpots.  Clay, Ceramic, Concrete, Glazed, Lightweight Poly Resin or High Fired Clay will all work.  Like we already said, make sure they are large enough and have drain holes.  You do not want the plants roots to sit in standing water.  Place the pots where they will be located before planting because of the weight.

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For the most successful crop, take care to give your potted plants sufficient water and fertilizer.  Keep soil in the clay garden pots moist and never let it dry out completely.   Apply a fertilizer as directed.  With exceptions, most kinds of fruit and berries need at least 6 hrs of sunshine a day to set, ripen and sweeten the crop.

Plant bare root blueberries, strawberries, dwarf citrus like apple, pear, lemon, peach & apricot.  All work really well in garden containers, ceramic garden pottery and garden clay pots.

 
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Thanksgiving Tablescapes



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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we wanted to show you a few super easy tablescapes that we think are wonderful.  Many use garden containers and others you will see you can use whatever you want.  Glass jars, ceramic vases and even a stunning display using no container at all.

Letís start with this table arrangement shown above.  As you can see the center of the table is dominated with a large garden planter that is over flowing with colorful gourds.  Fill in around the container with green plant materials that bring a realistic touch.  The base of the garden urn is covered with more pumpkins and gourds and dried berries.  This is a large and dramatic look.  By using such bold bright colorful materials, you can stick with clear glass and simple place settings.

Our next idea is a simple thank-full tree.  Have each guest write on a paper leaf what they are thank full for this past year.  Tie each leaf on to a branch of the thankful tree.  To make the tree, collect garden branches and stack them into a lovely vase.  Place the vase into the center of the dining room table.  This creates an inter-active beautiful centerscape that is lovely.

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This idea is really neat because no garden container is used.  The center of the table is draped with silk fall leaf boughs.  We love the way it drapes over the sides and lands on the ground.  There are a few candles set among the leaves but that is all.  Itís so simple and yet amazing that anybody can re-create this idea.  Easy Peasy!

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The final tablescape uses 2 white pineapple vases that are filled with straw.  With the fall leaves draped over the chandelier the table doesnít need any more color.  The white vases add an elegance that is subtle and dramatic.  Using your garden containers, vases & planters make creating a table that is memorable and beautiful is much easier than you think.

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Create This Vibrant Garden Planter



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Sometimes trying to think of a great plant combination to put together in a garden planter is a bit more difficult then imagined.  You drive over to the local garden center or nursery and just stand there, staring at all the choices.  Over whelming, right?

Well, here are the exact details on how to duplicate this vibrant and dramatic window box.  We name names!

1.  Make sure the window box planter you select is a minimum of 24Ē long.  Fill the bottom of the window box with broken pot pieces, styrene, crushed pop cans or whatever you want to help with the drainage.  Then fill the window box with compost, missing in 3 teaspoons of slow release plant food granules.  Now plant the heliotrope centrally at the back of the window box, gently teasing apart the roots if necessary.  This is your anchor piece. All other plant materials will arrange around this one center piece.

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2.  Plant the dahlias in the back corners of the planter with the black grass in the front of the heliotrope.  Now we have some depth happening here that will make the planter look alive and not flat.

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3.  Plant the purple verbenas at the back between the heliotrope and the dahlias.  Finish with the red verbenas at the front corners.  This is a large container so it is best to position it before watering.  These plants like full sun so make sure itís in a good spot.  Now water it thoroughly. Do this before placement so that the water doesnít add to the weight of the clay planter when moving it.

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The intense purple of the heliotrope usually dominates other plants, but here it is teamed with a selection of equally dramatic colors.  Mixing the purple, dark red and black grass will create a dramatic and intense look that will carry you through the season.

Tip:  Dahlias can be overwintered by digging up the tubers after the first frost, cutting the stems back to 6Ē and drying them off before storing in slightly damp peat in a frost proof shed. Start into growth again in spring and plant out after all danger of frost is past.


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