We try to offer great suggestions for creating garden planters and today we want to talk about vines or climbers that are perfect for pottery. Adding a vertical touch to all kinds of planters is not as hard to do as it seems. When you display a cluster of different pots with plant materials it always looks best when you use different sizes and heights. Here are the best climbing vines we think that will add a elegant touch to any garden pot.
Ivy - There is nothing that works better and is used more often then placing trailing ivy draping over the outer rim of a garden planter. It has the ability to twist and turn so it can easily fill in where you want it to most. This is a great place to start because it is the most common and easy to use. What we truly love is the different foliage it offers. From deep green to variegated and it stays green all year long.
Morning Glory - It's one of those you will really enjoy because of the colorful blooms it has. Not only is it really easy to grow but it adds lots of color and beauty with it's flowers. This is one plant you don't want to grow in the ground because it will take over any garden area. It's durable and wild. Stake it in a garden pot and it train it to go up for a wonderful vertical dispaly.
Climbing Hydrangea - We love this for containers that are in the shade or partial shade. It's grows pretty aggressively so you may want to pot it up by itself. It also needs a large planter to grow in and doesn't like being contained by a small container. Hydrangea is know for being fragrant so it's perfect for a patio or porch where the fragrance can greet your guest.
Bougainvillea - In Arizona we know this plant well. It really does great in the warm climate and it's stunning colorful flowers add so much to our desert landscape. Unfortunately it has barbs on it and is not the most fun to keep trimmed and under control. It's considered more of a shrub because it grows out and not just up. You may have to protect this plant in winter months.
Here are a few suggestions that we hope interest you. If you give one a try let us know how you did. We would love to hear from you.
3 main reasons why your container plants fail. Sounds pretty basic so lets dig right in. There are not a lot of reasons why a potted planter may being to show signs of stress. Often it has to do with the plants and what is going on under the soil. Here are a few reasons to help eliminate guessing.
1. Vine Weevils - Grubs can come on sudden and destroy a potted plant arrangement in no time if you don't catch them early. Even though they don't fly they can grip to most plant surfaces and can easily crawl across walls and ceilings. Then they lay eggs in the soil. They can come in a nursery planter so check carefully before potting up the plants you bring home. Once the eggs hatch they burrow into the soil and feed on the roots. Obviously the plant can't take much of that and will stress out leading to death.
The best thing to do is egg shells to the soil mix. Their sharp edges discourage them greatly. Adults can be picked off the plants. You can then add parasite nematodes to the soil to control the larvae.
2. Poor Drainage - This is a obvious one. If your garden container doesn't have proper drain holes or if those holes get blocked with soil the planter becomes waterlogged and the wet soil will suffocate plant root system. Once the roots dye, top growth will collapse and your plant can die overnight. You want damp not wet soil that drains well.
Here it's best to start with broken pot shards covering the drain hole. This let's the water drain but keeps the soil from plugging up the planters drain hole. If using a saucer keep the saucer empty once the pot has fully drained. Don't let the planter sit in standing water.
3. Starvation - Nobody thinks about your plant starving especially if you use new potting mix. When you water your plants, the water will leech out the soil nutrients eventually leaving your healthy plants sitting in nutrient depleted soil. Because your plants are contained and can't search for nutrients they will eventually collapse and die.
Here is where fertilizer comes into play. No matter how good your potting soil is, your garden containers will need regular fertilizer treatments. Try to use a good organic fertilizer and follow instructions well. Over fertilizing can burn your plants roots and also cause stress.
Yep, we can honestly say we LOVE terra-cotta garden planters! When Arizona Pottery first started that is all we sold. Nothing but real clay garden pottery and some accessories. They were and still are the basis of our business. You may ask yourself why do we love terracotta planters so much? Well, let us explain.
Plant Health - Terracotta breathes. This means the clay, which is real and harvested out of the ground is not so compact that it lets air thru it. This also means water will saturate the pot and seep. A plants roots like good air circulation and clay flowerpots are know for being healthy. Once you use real clay you will find that your houseplants will perform better.
Watering - Since a clay pot is porous it will keep water from sitting in the bottom of the pot, soaking the roots and possibly drowning them. The water will seep into the clay and dissipate. Unfortunately if you have chemicals in the soil or water they will show up on the sides of the pot as a white calcium line.
Beauty - Because real terracotta pottery is porous it will start to age and show it's wear. Many folks really like this and will even take steps to age their clay containers by applying yogurt or milk to the outside of the clay pot. Everyone has a different idea of what beauty is but we love the aged, rustic look of terra-cotta pots and planters.
Selection - Arizona Pottery imports real clay flower pots from Italy, China, Mexico and Vietnam. Each factory uses their own clay mix or will harvest the clay out of the ground using their own firing process. Some clays are smooth and silky like the Italian, while the Mexican clay is dark and very porous. So porous and heavy that it will start to break down the first year of use. We love the old traditional styles of Rolled Rim Garden Planters as well some of the newer more contemporary styles. There is always something to choose from.
Many Uses - Yes real clay garden pottery will break but that doesn't mean you should toss them. You can re-purpose them into pot shards to fill the bottom of your larger containers. The terracotta shards will shield the drain hole and keep soil from plugging it up. You can stack large pieces into pots and create a fairy garden or elf shelf. Don't toss those broken pieces.... think outside the box and have fun with them.
So those are a few of the reasons why we love our terracotta home and garden planters so much. If you wish to share your thoughts we would love to hear them.
Once you get those calcium and salt deposits on the outside of the garden planters it's next to impossible to get them off. It's best to seal the pots before you use them with Thompsons water seal from Home Depot. You need to keep the chemicals in the potting soil and the fertilizer and water from leaching into the clay.
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What treatment or type of oil do I put on the outside of my pots as they have water marks I do not like. I know there are many home remedies for it but canít find out what. Thanks
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Start Your Veggies From Seeds
Are you intimidated by the thought of growing your own potted vegetable seeds indoors? Does it sound daunting and hard to do? Well, in this blog post we are going to discuss how really easy it is if you follow a few basic steps.
Let's start with what you don't need. You don't need expensive equipment. It doesn't take a lot of work. You don't need to be a green thumb gardener. Any beginner can do this. And, you don't need a ton of space. Like we have stated it's basically easy to do and very rewarding. You aren't limited to the seed selection at your local nursery. You can go on line and find heirloom seeds that cost much less. There are hundreds of great tasting varieties.
Now think of the money you will save by growing your own veggies in planter pots at home. You will know they aren't sprayed with pesticides, are potted in clean potting soil and haven't been shipped across the States. There is nothing better than reaping the rewards of growing your own veggie potted plants.
Step 1 - Light: The light that is needed to grow veggies indoors can't be from sunny windows. The seeds will turn into plants but they will be spindly and weak since the source of light is so far away. You need inexpensive fluorescent light with cool white bulbs. These work beautifully and with great success.
Step 2 - Good Seeds: If you aren't a seed saver then purchase fresh seeds from a online source with a good reputation. Try to find unique heirloom varieties of tomato, cucumbers, peppers and beans.... You will be amazed at the variety of flavors, colors and shapes that come out of the same type of veggies. We recommend purchasing seeds annually.
Step 3 - The most important step is to keep the soil slightly damp. If it's to wet the seeds will rot or drown. Once the seeds germinate the water needs will increase. Touch soil with finger each day. Gently water if dry to keep it moist. Remember damp not soggy. You can use cell packets or better yet small terracotta pots. Try to keep the pots small like 3" or so. You will transplant the plants into larger pots later.
Step 4 - Prepare the plants to the outdoors in stages. Since they have spent all their time inside your home with great conditions you don't want to just take them outside and put them in a garden planter. Start by taking them outside on a few warmer days. Continue to give them more and more exposure unless the temp drops below freezing. Your goal is a week or so before planting, they can be outside around the clock.
So now is the time to be thinking about starting your own veggie seeds. That way come early Spring you will have tasty potted vegetables that you grew your own.
Has this dark, cool winter weather got you feeling a bit blue? Well, we can all agree that it tends to bring you down but here are a few easy things you can do that will help to bring you back up and boost your mood. Pot up some indoor blooms this time of winter and brighten up your home.
Pick up any women's magazine and you will see articles on Seasonal Affected Disorder. The winter blues are real. Studies from around the world have shown that indoor potted flowers promote relaxation and happiness. Why not try a few and see how you do because what have you got to lose?
Below are a few types that do extra well indoors in garden pots during the winter months. Everything from elegant types to houseplants are easy to pot and grow. These flowers can stay in a decorative container and look lovely when topped with decorative rocks, colorful pebbles, or deep green moss. All of these pot toppers not only look lovely but help to keep the soil damp and increase the indoor humidity around the plants.
Primroses - Perfectly lovely for a kitchen windowsill or bedroom table. These are so delicate and colorful which come in many colors. Potted primroses like bright light so this is not the time for a dark corner or room without windows.
Orchids - Very elegant and stunningly beautiful these are not the easiest indoor blooms to pot and grow but once you dive in and get your toes wet you will realize that they are not that hard either. They just look difficult and intimidating. Keep the roots drenched once a week and drain off the excess water. These make wonderful gifts.
Cyclamens - Star blossoms that come in lots of colors that will compliment the color of your indoor decor so have fun when selecting them. As with other types of houseplants they like damp soil but not wet water. Misting is also a great benefit.
Pretty flowerpots placed around your home during these stark winter months can really perk things up and bring on a happy mood.
What's not to love? It's a brand new year with brand new goals. Do any of those included gardening? We certainly hope so. January is the goal setting month and now is the perfect time to dig right in. As always the winter months turn your garden and patio into a stark area full of colorless flowers and spent blooms. Take a look at it again. Look at your garden and patio again.
How did your potted garden planters do last year? Did the flowers, or evergreens you planted last all season, did you like the way they looked? Now is the time to look to the past to assess for the future. Do you think your planters could use some new potting soil? If so then replace it. There is nothing that will kill a wonderful potted garden pot faster than old, nutrient depleted potting mix.
How do your garden pottery look? Are you concrete planters chipped or the terracotta clay garden bowls and pots starting to wear? Now would be a good time to research new planters. There are great lightweight pots that will last a lifetime, new sandstone designs and colors. How about a colorful glazed cigar jar or piece of pottery that looks like artwork?
Then think about what you will plant this year. More of the same because you had such great success with the plant materials and the pottery look that you have used in the past? Great then go for it!
Need to upgrade? Well you know where to look. At ArizonaPottery.com we strive to find unique and well made pottery planters and pot accessories that we believe will help you create a backyard oasis for as inexpensively as possible.
Lastly, check our your garden tools, hand gloves, garbage bags etc. There is nothing worse then getting into a new season or planting and decorating and find out that everything needs to be upgraded. You may even find super sales this time of year when planting is out of season. Don't wait till Spring.
So go outside, take a look around you. Dream and imagine and make your dreams come true. We are hear to help.