There are all kinds of plant materials that can be potted and placed on your porch or patio areas. In this post we would like to focus on Bay Leaf or Bay Laurel plants.
If you have ever followed a receipt for a hearty stew or soup you will see them tell you to add a large bay leaf. It adds a robust flavor and unique seasoning. So lets' talk about the basics of potting the plant up and growing these beautiful leaves.
Start by selecting a large garden container. Even thought it's a slow growing plant it can reach heights of 59 feet if all conditions are right. Of course a container potted plant will not get this high but keep it pruned to around 6 feet tall. Not only will it be more appealing but you can move the pot into the garage or shed when the weather gets colder.
Make sure the planter has a drain hole. Bay leaf plants are tolerant to most soil types but they will not tolerate soil that doesn't drain well. The plant grows best in full sun to partial shade so place the selected pot where you want it before you pot the plant.
Bay leaf plants have small yellow flowers in spring which turn into berries in the fall. They are lush with leaves a green green with a yellow vein. Flat broad leaves help to fill in the planter so you will have a great addition to your landscape or patio area.
There are many uses for bay leaves, hole, or crushed like poultices and aromatherapy. You can look them up online. They can even be used in wreaths and head crowns for athletes and rules of the past.
If you are not familiar to the houseplant called Bromeliad than you are missing out. These indoor potted plants are colorful and wonderful additions to the houseplant family.
Bromeliad plants will flower. Their blooms are boldly colored and stunningly exotic. Each bloom is a spiky flower in lush red, yellow, pinks and orange. Many petals form each flower. The leaves also vary. From frosty looking light green to lush deep hunter green they are shiny and wide.
Like orchids, bromeliads are epiphytic, which means they grow on trees, rocks or other plants and get their water from the air and rain water. They do not get water from roots but their roots are what they use to attach themselves to the growing support.
Potted indoor bromeliads are considered a low maintenance potted houseplant. They are a slow growing plant and may only bloom once in their lives and unfortunately die after they bloom. When it comes to watering don't water thru the soil. Keep the container potted soil dry and fill a center cup with water and they will stay happy.
Since a container of bromeliad like humid air you should mist on a regular basis. If you prefer you can keep them in a bathroom or close to the kitchen sink where water is present. You can place a humidifier near the indoor bromeliad pot during the winter months when the indoor air is very dry from the furnace.
When it comes to light potted bromeliad can survive in low light situations. Direct sunlight can burn the leaves so for best results place in a spot with lots of natural light.
Potted Bromeliad make a wonderful addition to any house. Just research in advance so you give it the best chance to thrive and survive.
This time of year you are not thinking of planting and growing a garden full of vegetables. But just because the cooler weather is coming doesn't mean you can't grow a salad full of fresh lettuce in a garden pot indoors.
Who doesn't like fresh lettuce year round. Well growing your own in a flowerpot indoors is so easy. Start by selecting the correct garden pot to grow in. We suggest a garden bowl. A pot that is wider than higher. It can be round or rectangle that doesn't matter. What matters is the depth of the planter. Try to keep it 6" deep or so. What you are growing has short roots and doesn't need a need flowerpot full of potting soil.
Next let's talk soil. Use a new good quality potting mix that is loose and drains well. Never use old potting soil from a garden plant. Old soil can have bacteria, bugs and worse living in it and it is never recommended. Remember that your potting soil doesn't have fertilizer so add your own when planting.
Choosing salad types. Of course your main focus is lettuce. There are many types to choose from. Romaine, Looseleaf, butterhead, spinach, swiss chard and more. If you want to grow complimentary items you can just use a separate container. You can grow herbs, onions, chives, basil. You can choose to start from seed packets or purchase young plants at the local garden center.
Keep your pots in a sunny spot that receives a few hours of direct sunlight during the day. Keep the soil slightly moist but not wet. Just check to see how much water you will need. It is not necessary to water ever day.
In 30 days you can start to harvest the pottedlettuce. Pick leaves when you need them letting the lettuce plants rest and regrow as necessary. No rules to follow just go with your instincts.
This is a easy project and should be a fun one for you to try.
Decorating the inside of your home with potted plants is just as important as decorating your patio, porch or patio areas. There are so many fun pottery pieces to try to put together and many of the benefit are not only appearance but function issues.
The best place to start is to decide on the type of houseplant you want to grow and pot. Then researching on line or talking with the customer service reps at your local nursery. You need to know a number of things. What kind of light, water, etc your potted plant is going to need. How large of a decorative garden container you will need to transplant it into and many other factors. Once you get this information on the type of potted plant that you think will meet your need you can then move on to selecting a planter.
Choosing a garden planter for a potted houseplant you just purchased from the local nursery is probably the most fun part of this process. Because the container will be indoors you can go with all kinds of materials, color and sizes.
Terra-cotta pots are always a good choice because the clay breathes and is considered healthy for a plants root systems. However you will need to put a waterproof saucer underneath to catch any water overflow while watering. A glazed colorful decorative planter is always fun since there are so many colors and styles to choose from. This is the time to match your planter to your interior decorating with complimentary colors and textures.
Make sure that any container you select has a drain hole so the plants roots are not sitting in standing water. This will cause them to rot which results in one dead potted houseplant. If you can find a glazed pot without a drain hole you can drop the nursery pot into the decorative container and that planter will act like a saucer and catch the water instead. Then you won't need a saucer.
Lastly, make sure you know where to place the indoor garden planter. That depends on how much sunlight it needs, can it handle being close to a heat register, should you place it by a window that may have a breeze coming thru it. All of these details will help with the health your potted houseplants will have. So, have fun using houseplants to decorate your home with. With a bit of planning you can much success for many years.
You thought you had weeks to go before the weather started to cool off this fall and wanted to avoid the first freeze. However it hit and you were not prepared. What can you do with freeze damaged potted plants? Here are a few tips.
Most people can prepare for the cooler winter months ahead. They have time to wrap their garden planters in burlap, or time to move them into a garage or potting shed. You clean out the pots you can't move and prep them for next season with a good bath.
But what if the first freeze hit and you now need help. Different plants will be affected and will have to be dealt with in a different way. If your garden planters were filled with perennials then this is where you should start. If it's the type of perennial plant that dies in winter then you are ok. Just prune it back and remove any dead wood. Take take off more or the plant will go into shock.
How about potted vegetable or citrus plants? If these freeze, there is a good chance they will come back. Tomato plants just need to be deadheaded. Then add additional potting soil round the stem to bury it. The tomato plant will grow new roots and in a couple of week you can tell if it's going to continue to grow. All citrus tress should be pruned.
If you have a plant that is brown and looks dead don't toss it yet. Check online to see if they will come back by the type they are. Many times these will re-grow with great success. They just need some TLC and time to recover. All healing plants need a little help with fertilizer. So do a bit of research online before you give up hope.