Ok let's 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 apotof them indoors. Below are a few tips to help make the transition easier.
Start by selecting a nice garden containerto 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 pottedfuchsia 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 its 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.
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.
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.
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 potand 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.
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 legs shooting up and out 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. Its 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! PottingEnglish 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.
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!
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 its 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 perennials 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.
The guys from thehorticult.com 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.
Did you know you could grow a pineapple bush from the top of a pineapple? Believe it or not it's becoming more popular. Since we can still find whole pineapples in the store with the tops still attached it's a easy project to take on.
Here are some basic steps.
Cut the top off a pineapple and remove all the fruit. If you leave any fruit on the top it will rot the top and this will not work.
Remove the bottom 1 1/2" of leaves. the stalk with root but the leaves will rot.
Dry the top of the pineapple for two days until a callous forms. Depending on the humidity this could be as short as a day or as long as a week. Do this in a cool and dry place. If you skip this step the stalk will rot.
Dip the stalk end in water and then into rooting hormone. This makes rooting faster.
Lay the stalk in a clay flowerpot of fast draining potting soil so that only part of the stalk is touching the soil. Do NOT put the entire stalk in the soil. (This means do not plant the stalk in a vertical position. If you do this then it is highly likely the stalk will rot. If you live in a dry climate like Arizona, then put the pot and stalk in a plastic bag to conserve moisture.)
Mist frequently to keep the soil moist but not wet. Roots on your pineapple bush should appear in 2 to 3 weeks.
Once roots appear, re-pot the pineapple in a vertical position into a fast growing potting soil.
Remember pineapples are actually bromeliads. Hence they like tropical conditions. High light, constant humidity and constant lite fertilizer in the summer time.
In 2 to 3 years, your pineapple bush will grow another pineapple. In order to pick a few fruits each year just replace the picked pineapple, with its top and the cycle will continue.
When it cold outside it's hard to think about garden pottery & what to plant. So, we found a few suggestions at BHG that we would like to pass along. It's all about the top 3 ferns to grow as houseplants.
Starting with Lemon Button Ferns - these make perfect indoor houseplants with their cute, golden green fronds and rounded edges that give it a button like appearance. It's easy and fun to grown a potted fern for indoors that fits in well with a lot of decorating styles. Med to bright light, high humidity, 3 feet tall, 4 feet wide.
Maidenhair Fern - among the most loved ferns, maidenhairs offer a fine-textured frond on black stalks. The arching fronds emerge light green and darken a bit with age.
Med to bright light and high humidity, 2 feet wide & tall.
Rabbit-foot Fern - is a slow growing fern that offers dark green, fine textured fronds and fuzzy stems that creep down over the pot. These stems are what gives this potted fern it's delightful name. Med to bright light, high humidity, 2 feet tall & wide.
Staghorn Fern - among the most spectacular of ferns, staghorns don't need to be grown in soil so you often see them mounted and grown on walls & posts. Green, antlerlike fronds that make a statement in your home. Med to bright light, high humidity, 6 feet tall & wide.
Just a few great ideas that you can easily grow this time of year. Pick out a colorful container or go with a more traditional clay flowerpot. Either way you will add life, color, & earthy decoration to your home.
As we start a New Year at Arizona Pottery, we are already thinking of the next planting season. This year we have some new items that we would like to tell you about.
New Colored Clay Pottery - What is Moka, white & Grafite clay? Our Italian manufacturer has produced a line of garden pottery for the person who is looking for something different & unique in looks, similar to traditional styles and updated in technology.
Our new line of garden containers is made from REAL clay that is colored. We now have milky Moka, white terracotta & gorgeous Grafite grey. Colors we have never seen before in the pottery industry. Colors that will match your 2016 color pallets and add a pop of color to your decorating needs.
Besides color what else is new? Besides the stunning new colors of clay we are offering these planters are so much more. Frost resistant, eco-friendly all natural materials and new styles & sizes, all add up to a product that you will want to have in your collection. Squares and rectangle shapes which are difficult to manufacture and ship but still in high demand. Tall bell shapes with rounded bottoms, rough textures & smooth silky finishes. We are just starting out with a small selection of new planters for you to examine but never fear, we will be bringing in much more.
Colored Clay - Eco-friendly materials - Frost resistant - New Styles - New Sizes
Add color and scent to your home during these long winter months, with these wonderfully scented potted houseplants.
Gardenia - Known for being one of the most fragrant flowers around, gardenia is lovely, but tricky. It's glossy green leaves put the spotlight on the single or double white flowers that emit a heavy, flowery scent.
A potted Gardenia prefers a humid, very bright environment. Water & fertilize and let the soil dry between watering in the winter months. Protect it from hot and cold drafts.
Stephanotis - If you have never smelt this plant you are missing out. It's delightful floral fragrance is wonderful and is used many times in wedding bouquets. Lovely starry white flowers look like they were dipped in wax. As an indoorpottedplant you want to place it in a bright spot away from drafts. It has a slow growth rate when potted and placed indoors.
Orange Jessamine - This indoor potted houseplant makes a beautiful foliage when it now flowering so it's beautiful year round. It's fragrance is heavenly when the white flowers bloom and smell like orange blossoms. You don't need bright light but keep it away from drafts. Perfect potted a kitchen counter!
Take old worn out clay pots and turn them into something beautiful again. It's easy to do with gold leaf. It only takes a few steps and a steady hand so here we go. Found on huntedinterior.com
Terracotta pots - new, used, large, small - whatever you want.
Gold or Silver leaf found at all craft stores
Size - the glue to adhere the metallic leaf with
Spray sealer for the leaf - found in the same area as the leaf.
Normally you would follow what the leaf directions are for applying. But, in the case of clay flowerpots which are porous you will have to adjust. The easiest way to do this is brush on a length of glue at a time & immediately apply the leaf. Don't wait to apply the leaf to the size because it will dry almost immediately. Continue around the entire rim of the pot until complete.
Try not to brush the glue over the existing leaf as it will dull the shine. After all potsare gilded, coat them with the spray sealer. If you like the worn look on the bottom of the pots don't spray that part with sealer because it will clean the look of the flower pot up.
That's it. Plant and enjoy! Perfect for a holiday table or wedding reception. Elegant and classy!