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Front Door Containers



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First impressions are always important.  When it comes to the front door of your home there is no more important way to greet your guests and makes a good first impression than to pot up some plants and have a colorful, fragrant display.  Unfortunately many people tend to neglect their front doors.  The old adage out of sight, out of mind comes into play here. Here are a few suggestions that may make creating a welcoming easy and doable.

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Patriotic:  this front entrance and walkway screams patriotic pride. Glossy red double door, white trim and pots of blue hydrangeas.  They all come together to show their patriotic pride.  Perfect for the start of summer.

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Tropical Beauty:  A vibrant orange of the sunrise turn this door into a welcoming oasis with tropical palms and red flowers in neutral pots. This front door garden decor scream tropical.

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Big Pots:  When it comes to garden containers bigger is always better. More room for the plant and flowers to flourish but large garden pottery always makes great impressions.  With trailing vines and colorful plants bursting out of these planters you will have guests commenting on what a wonderful first impression you have made.

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Our last suggestion is the holidays.  With so many wonderful holidays celebrated in the United States you will have plenty to chances to create the holiday spirit and feel with potted plants, pumpkins, christmas lights, valentine hearts, 4 leaf clover and more.  Have fun now and make your entry welcoming and playful with items from each holiday.  This is the most imaginative time to decorate.  Go for it!

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Indoor Tropical Plants



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Everyone loves potted indoor plants.  There are so many kinds of plants that do well indoors but today we are going to talk specifically about tropicals.  Potted tropical plants are pretty easy to grow indoors and require little attention.  When you would love to bring a touch of paradise to your home then give these potted indoor tropicals a chance.

Of course it bears repeating that if you have small children or pets in your home you need to research or contact your poison control center to make sure that the plants you pot and place in your home are safe.

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Palms:  Palms are stunning when potted and placed in your home. They range from small pygmy size to large impressive sizes that can fill out a empty corner where color, size, and some life is required. Potting them up in colorful planters will add that tropical touch that you may desire.  We like the Miami Vice look of using monochrome planters like white or black with palms to create a contemporary and modern look.  Potted palms like warm air but not drafts.  They like moist soil but not sitting in water.  Don't over water and keep in sunny spot.

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Bird of Paradise:  Talk about impressive!  These plants are easy to grow and don't require a lot of fuss but boy are they elegant. With or without the colorful bird shaped flowers these plants have large fan like palms.  Flat, wide leaves bring you back to Cleopatra days where they were used to fan the queen.  Perfect to adding a deep green to your homes interior and a tropical feel to the decor.  Make sure they have lots of light and space.  You will need to repot yearly if you have space because they grow rapidly.  Use a poly resin planter if you prefer to replant every other year.  They are flexible and have some give that will let you extend the potted life of the plant.

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Philodendron:  These are pretty common as a potted indoor plant. When the plant gets larger the leaves turn into a split leaf saucer shape that is balancing on the stem.  Just stunning!  Warm without drafts, moist but not sitting water and misting every couple of days will keep these high humidity plants happy.  Wipe the saucer leaves with warm water to keep free of dust and mites.  You will have to transplant every other year so make sure you have the room.  Since these are dark green with huge flat leaves, try using terracotta or tuscany clay planters. The clay will breathe creating a healthier environment for this potted palms root system.

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So don't let the fact that you don't live in a tropical climate stop you from creating your own indoor potted paradise.  Do your research, find the perfect spot.  Pick our amazing potted to act like the foundation of your palms and give it a go.    

Potted tropical plants are elegant,amazingly beautiful, large and impressive and will always add a sense of luxury and drama to your home.
 
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Poisonous Houseplants for Dogs



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When it comes to bringing decorative garden containers and planters filled with houseplants indoors, there are so many different things to consider.  In this blog post we will discuss the types of houseplants that are poisonous for dogs.  Many plants are fine for dogs and cats while some are mildly poisonous and others fatal.  So do you research and make sure that you are bringing safe houseplants for indoors.

We all know that animals are curious and like to get into plants and potting soil.  Make sure that if you dog is looking for something to nibble on that they are not poisonous.

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1.  Sago Palm - These lovely plants are a favorite for outside and inside as potted plants.  The bad news is if your dog likes to bit and chew anything then this plant is dangerous.

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2.  Aloe - While having various medicinal uses aloe are toxic to dogs but only if they ingest it.  The Pulp and juice is what is bad for dogs so again if you dog chews on things these are dangerous.

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3.  Calla Lily - So beautiful and lovely but at the same time a poisonous plant for dogs when chewed.  Don't keep them around.  All parts of this are harmful.

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4.  Dieffenbachia - This is very popular for indoor potted houseplants.  The two tone leaves and big plant spread make them desirable but as you can see where we are going the whole plant is bad for dogs.

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5.  Jade Plants:  Even though it is low for toxins all parts of a jade plant are toxic.  You don't want leaves falling off and your dog taking a nibble or you will have nausea and retching.

There are many more potted houseplants that are dangerous for your indoor pets. We recommend that you take the time to check them out before you bring plants into the home where animals live.  You never want to take a chance that a decorative addition can harm a living member of your family.  At Arizona Pottery we love indoor potted houseplants and hope that you can enjoy them also.  Stay Safe!

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Potted Herbs for Kids



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As we have said in past posts here at Arizona Pottery, gardening with your kids or grand kids can be a wonderful experience.  So many great things will happen.  They learn, they appreciate, they get involved.  Best of all they are away from the television.  Woo Hoo!

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One of the easiest ways is to have them plant and garden some fresh herbs.  They are easy to grow, fun to harvest, they get to eat them and you get quick results.  There are so many types of herbs that you can plant into flowerpots and have great success but we are going to pick a few that we think are age appropriate.

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Rosemary is an easy one to start with because it is used in many kinds of meals.  It is a wonderful  addition to chicken, and pork and is used a lot in grilling, salads and baked potatoes.  This flavor is mild and yet pleasant.

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Mint is an obvious choice.  It is perfect for desserts, ice tea and lemonade.  It grows fast, and taste yummy so we think most kids will love this potted herb.  

Dill is fun because of it's fine feathery fronds.  It looks fuzzy and kids will love that.  It also makes a great addition to dips for veggies which many children love.  This is a ideal herb for small kids to pot up.

Lastly we think Basil is a good herb to pot.  The flavor is very mild and the leaves a large and easy to pick.  Of course it's perfect when chopped and added to pasta or salads.  The colors are amazing and fun for the little one also.

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So take your kids to the local nursery and have them help select the herbs we mentioned above.  Haul out some clay flowerpots and potting soil and let them help you get them started.  We think you will pleasantly surprised how much children enjoy this type of DIY project.

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Let's Make Beautiful Garden Containers



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Whether you shop online (and we hope you do) or visit your local garden center, finding the perfect garden planter, plant materials, soil etc to create lovely flowerpots to decorate your home or garden area is easy to do.  Lot's of choices, colors, textures that when put together can make a look that adds color, beauty and life to your garden decor.

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However, keeping those potted containers looking nice all summer long when the heat and windy weather can beat them up pretty good, is another thing.  We want to give you some tips that may help you over come the garden planter blues.

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Start by selecting the perfect container. Make sure the size is correct for the plants that you are putting in the pot.  Too small and roots are crowded, too large and soil stays too moist and you have fungal issues.  Make sure the pot has drainage. No plants like to sit in standing water.

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Next get a plan on what you are going to plant.  Don't go to the local nursery and buy impulsivily.  Choose plants that will thrive in your area and add some foliage to pots to fill them out when you are planting flowers. Try to buy a plant to place in the center of the pot for height. This really adds a focal point for deciding what to plant around it.

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Get good potting soil.  Don't ever use the ground soil and don't use old soil that has been sitting in the garage for a few years.  If you choose to reuse soil from a spent container make sure there are no spores, fungus or mites and other unfriendlies can live in long after the plants are gone.

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Presoak the plastic nursery pot in a tub of water to loosen and relax the roots before knocking the plant out of the pot.  Just fill a shallow basin, or wheelbarrow with water, sit the pots in so the drain holes are covered and let them soak for 30 mins.  Then knock the plant out and repot in your decorative garden container.  The roots will be pliable and soft and they will thank you for this, presoak.  The after the pot is complete make sure to give everything one last drink.

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Don't underestimate how important it is to keep up the grooming of the finished planter.  Deadhead spent blooms, cut back straggly stems and replace anything that just isn't doing well.  This little weekly step makes a big different in how your planters look all season long.

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And finally, fertilize. Purchase a slow release fertilizer or better yet every two weeks water with a liquid fertilizer to keep everything looking it's best all season.  Every time you water a pot till there is water coming out the drain hole you loose valuable nutrients.  These need to be replaced.

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Grow Hot Peppers in a Flowerpot



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We have shared many posts on how to grow specific vegetable in garden pottery. In this post we are focusing on Potted Hot Peppers! Many people are growing their own
potted vegetables and finding out how easy it is to do.  No pesticides, no traveling for mile in a truck, no imports from other countries.

When it comes to wanting to make your own salsa, or spicy tomato saucers there is nothing easier to plant and harvest than Potted Hot Peppers.  They come in a lot of shapes, colors and spiciness.  You can preserve them by fermenting, pickling, drying and freezing them if you harvest an abundance.  If you are bold you can eat them, stir fry them, stuff them and bake them.

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Ideally Hot peppers are grown from seed.  Start them indoors about 8 to 10 weeks before your last frost date.  Transplant them outdoors when frost danger has passed.

When it comes to growing them in a garden planter you will find that they don't  need a lot of space.  Make sure the garden container you do use is 10" deep or more and if you live where the climate is warm go even bigger.  That way you will water less and they will have more room to grow.

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Fill each garden container with potting soil.  Add fertilizer and water peppers well after transplanting them.   Keep the soil moist during the growing season and don't let the soil dry out.  Potted peppers will flower and continue to produce fruit till the outdoor temps dip below 50 degrees.  Move the pots indoors if you can and place in a warm spot. You can keep them producing by picking the fruit as it begins to turn color.  They will continue to ripen after picked.

The best time to harvest potted Hot peppers is when they are plum and just beginning to color.  If you wait till they are completely colored there will be more sugar in the fruit and the plant will produce fewer peppers.  Lastly, watch out for enemies.  Aphids, flea beetles, weevils, spider mites all love these plants.  Treat them if you see this happening.

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So try potting some of these colorful, and tasty plants next time you are looking for something different to plant.  They are a uncommon addition to any porch or patio decor.

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Pot Tips you can use everyday!



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Can you ever really have to many pot tips?  We don't think so!  We believe you can never have enough.  We see hundreds a year and all are good tips that are timeless.  So as in the past, here we go again for some more great pottery tips.

Try putting a raw egg int he bottom of your garden containers when planting each spring.  As the roots grow around the eggs and they break down they will feed the plant giving it vitamins.

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Even though you may wear quality garden gloves when planting your garden containers, sometimes your nails and fingers suffer abuse. Moisturize your hands, slip on latex gloves and then put on your garden gloves. By the end of the day of potting you will be amazed.

At the end of the season instead of dumping out the good potting soil you planted in your garden containers, try sifting it thru a frying basket. The openings are exactly the right size, the basket has a handle which you can shake with and you can sift over a pail for convenience.

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In large garden containers place a plastic milk jug with the cap on prior to adding soil.  At the end of the season you can dump the soil and re-use the milk jugs.  The milk jugs keep the pot lighter in weight then rocks would do.

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Use aspirin to keep flowers blooming. Just drop two tablets of aspirin for each quart of water in the vase. The salicylic acid slows the aging process to cut flowers.

Use Alka-Seltzer to make a vase sparkle!  Have a hard to clean vase? Fill with water, drop in 2 Alka-Seltzer tabs and wait 10 mins.  The effervescent action lifts the grime your can't reach.

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So that is enough good tips for now.  We have tons more to share so stay tuned.  Give some of these a try and let us know how it works.

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18 Fruits You Can Grow In Garden Containers



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Everyone dreams about growing fruit trees in garden containers.  How fun to see them grow, pick them when they are ripe and eat them in all their fresh deliciousness.  Imagine how fresh, no pesticides, how fresh no sitting in a truck and being transported these fruits will be.

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You can grow a vase selection of fruits in garden containers.  Tree fruits, citrus & tropical fruits can all be grown not only in garden planters but indoors.  If you are up to the challenge growing your own food can be so rewarding. And, cheaper!

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The first place to start is always finding a garden container.  Always go for planters with drain holes, make sure the planter is large enough and find containers that meet your decor needs.  Next is to learn how to maintain the type of fruit you choose and then find seeds or starter plants.

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Below is the list of the ones recommended for containers:

Tree Fruits:
Apples
Kumquats
Avocado
Blackberries
Blueberries
Pomegranate
Cherries
Figs
Pears

Citrus Fruits:
Dwarf orange
Grapefruit
Tangerines
Meyer Lemons
Limes

Tropical Fruits:
Banana
Pineapple
Papaya
Guavas


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Stretched Succulents



Succulents in garden pottery

Succulents are so popular right now and right fully so.  They are stunning and come in such a variety. They are easy to pot and make wonderful wall and table decorations.  They are easy to grow if you follow the correct growing tips.  But, what about those ones you thought would remain compact and small and instead of over grow and stretch out.  Here are a few comments.

Succulents in clay garden planters

When you have potted indoor succulents they are usually slow growing.  But, when they don't get the light they need they tend to stretch out, reaching for any light.  The potted succulents will bend and twist to get the light they need.

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Even though potted succulents look better if they get the light they need they will still grow well in low light.  The leaves will be farther apart and the stems will twist but they will still grow.  If you place a pot of succulents in low light it will eventually die.  If you move the plant to a better light situation it will not go back to it's original shape.

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Basically what you want is for your potted succulents to get as much indirect sunlight as possible.  The next time you see them leaning toward the light just move them closer so that they won't stretch out.

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