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
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
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.
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.
them too much water: You are used to
watering your pottedflowers 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.
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 potbased on the depth being twice as deep as the plant. Make the width three times as wide.
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.
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.
Make sure the planterssoil 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.
These are just a few tips but they are very
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.
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.
For the most successful crop, take care to give yourpotted 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
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.
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
Letís start with this table arrangement shown above. As you can see the center of the table is
dominated with a large garden planterthat 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.
This idea is really neat because no garden containeris
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
You may have just moved into a new home or you are
considering redoing the outside décor at your current home. Here are a few tips when choosing a location for
your garden planters & pottery.
Plants have certain needs that should be considered when
deciding where to place your ceramic garden pottery. Do they need full sun, shade, partial sun
etc. That should take major
consideration when deciding where the placement of the containers should
go. However, letís say you want 2
planters flanking the front entryway and they are in shade. Then to have success you will need to
consider the plant materials you put in them.
Below are some general tips outside of the plantís needs.
Start by considering the homes exterior color. Select a garden pot that may have some of the
same color tones to create cohesive feel.
Is your home more natural architecture?
Use clay flowerpots for their timeless look and earth tone colors. Is the home white and you want bursts of
color? Then go with mixed groups of
colorful planters. Mix primary colors
like Red, Yellow & Blue and then plant them with a mixture of colorful flowers
If the home is contemporary, you may be searing for a more
stream lined look. Like concrete cubes
or sandstone rectangles. Available in
muted colors these will blend in with the architecture and not draw the eye
away from the homes lines. Stick with
one color of flowers, all white, pink, blue.
Create a serene almost Zen quality that will compliment not fill it up.
A window box planter overflowing with trailing ivy is
perfect for a more traditional home. If
the home is made of brick, then use colorful flowers to compliment to the mono-toned
brick. Place rectangle planters along
the walkway and add evergreens so that they will look perfect thru all seasons.
There are unlimited styles of garden pottery and planters
that you can choose for your home. And,
there are unlimited types of plant materials that will work with them. Just take your time, have fun and finally
create the look you have always wanted.
Here in Arizona we have a lot of Aloe Vera plants growing
naturally. Seeing these wonderful plants
potted and placed on a patio as part of your landscape décor is easy to
do. Growing them in a pot is easy but
starting from an aloe leaf is rather tricky.
Most people will start with an offshoot which tends to be easier to do.
Starting with a leaf is rather difficult because these
plants have a lot of moisture and will dry out before they can take root. But, using an offset is easier. Find an aloe leaf that is a bit over 3Ē
long. Maybe you have a potted aloe
already in your yard or on your patio. Cut
the leaf at the base using a sharp, clean knife. Try cutting in a downward angle. Place the
leaf in a warm place for a film to form over the cut. Anywhere from a few days to weeks.
Now select the pot you want to use. Make sure that it has a drain hole. Most pots will work fine but we recommend you
start with a terracotta clay flowerpot.
Terracotta clay is meant to breathe and will start your plant out with
the healthiest chance. Fill the garden
planterwith cactus soil and dampen it.
Stick the leaf cut side down into the soil burying it by 1/3.
Place the clay garden pot some place warm and sunny and
water it with care. For 4 weeks keep the
soil moist. Then wait till soil is completely dry before you water it again.
Donít worry if the leaf shrinks and dries while it is developing roots.
Another way is to start with an off shoot. Smaller than the main plant and has 4 leaves
several inches tall. Follow the
directions above for planting. Make sure
the roots are completely covered in soil.
Water enough to make soil damp but not soaking. Place the pot in a sunny spot and wait one
week before you water it again.
Now decide which method is better for you. But, know that unless you pot these aloe
plants they will take over your garden.
By keeping them contained in a garden pot Ė you will be able to decide
where you want them to grow. Good Luck!
Now that Fall is here, people are thinking about family get
together, holiday visitors, cooking & gift giving. Thinking about your garden planters and next
Spring is not even a vague notion. But,
as you will read, now is the time to be thinking about planting up your garden
It only takes a bit of planning to assure that next Spring
when you least expect it colorful flowers will start shooting up from your
garden planters. So, what is the first
step? How about deciding what flowerpots
you want to plant the bulbs in.
out a summer planter or how about purchasing that one pot you have had your
eyes on for some time now! Either way,
make sure that the pots you select are deep enough to bury the bulbs into,
making sure they are completely covered with potting soil. Azalea pots are
shorter than a standard flowerpot but they work well. A drain hole is also important. That way the bulbs donít sit in standing
water and possibly rot.
Planting fall bulbs in containers is similar than planting
them directly into the soil. Whatís
great is that you can really pack a bunch of bulbs together creating a colorful potted display when bloomed. Try to plant the
bulbs 6Ē deep with the pointy end facing up and the roots down. Group them together for a huge display or
space them for a sparse display. Try to
keep the bulb count odd not even.
Cover the top of the clay garden pot with mulch to protect
the bulbs while they over winter. You
can use leaves, peat moss, pine needles or a mulch product from your local
garden center. Thatís it. Not all that difficult. So, if you plan NOW think about what you will
have next Spring!