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Potted Succulent Arrangements



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Succulents come in so many sizes, unusual shapes, colors and textures that it is hard to decide what to buy and how to pot them up.  So, here we have a few tips that we hope will help that process become easier and at the same time, create lovely arrangement.

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First you want to decide on what type of container and style of succulent arrangement you want.  How about a themed display like "camping", "the beach", at the farm, or a certain type of colored plants.  This really is the time you can get creative and crafty.  Making a themed arrangement is fun and very easy.

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So, pick a container that adds to the display.  A old metal picnic basket makes a wonderful "at the sea" arrangement.  Any flowerpot will also work.  Just remember that it doesn't need to be deep and it must have drain holes.  No succulent likes to sit in standing water.  The roots will drown and the plant will die immediately.  Standing water also attracts fungus so that is never good.

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Now when selecting the type of succulents, you can choose all of one color.  Do you want just large, green plants that all look the same and require the same amount of sun and water.  How about creating a beach potted arrangement with plants that look like coral and seaweed.  With bold colors and spiky branches.

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Maybe a farm theme where you place a toy tractor in the center of the potted succulent arrangements and surround it with moss for grass and plants that look like fields of corn.  You don't always have to pick special succulents to add.  You can use seashells, colored rocks and little ceramic animals or fish to the potted succulent container to make a themed statement.

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As a last point you never want to mix plants that don't go together. If a plant needs direct sunlight and very little water you don't want to mix it in the same container with plants that need partial shade and more water.  Just read the plant tags on each variety and see what you can put together to create a wonderful, playful succulent arrangement.

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Post Last Updated: 6/27/2018 1:55:27 PM 

Maintaining A Potted Garden



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Here are a few easy tips on how to maintain your potted garden.

Even though choosing to pot up your plants, trees & flowers is physically easy taking care of them properly take certain actions.  You must be vigilance when it comes to grooming, watering & fertilizing

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Grooming tips - Keep floral dead flowers removed.  It not only makes the plant look better but it encourages them to flower again.  If the foliage looks like it is growing out of shape or off on one side, cut back the branches so they look better and not knarly.  Use small scissors to keep any topiary looking trimmed and leaves & stems from poking out.

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Watering Schedule -  When it comes to when and how long to water your potted garden it really depends on the weather conditions you find yourself experiencing.  If it's really hot outside you need to water every day.  Soak the potting soil till completely moist and water comes out the drain hole of the planter.  If it's cooler weather you should water every other day or so depending on the weather.  Light colored containers hold water longer.  Terracotta is porous so it seeps out faster and needs to be watered more often.  A poly resin planter holds water longer.

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Fertilizing -  It's always easiest to water your garden containers at the same time you water.  When it's warmer and your plants are blooming, fertilize when you water the plants every two weeks or so.  As the weather cools use less fertilizer.  Remember that the potting mix starts out with fertilizer already in it but that will run out eventually, depending on how much you water, how large the pot etc....

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Knowing when and how to take care of your potted garden makes the job so much easier and enjoyable.  As the garden season ends you may have to move some planters to a shed or garage for protection.  Cut down the plants that require it and understand that when the season is over for some annuals it's over and all you can do is take them out of the pots and compost them.  Store you garden containers indoors till next Spring when you can bring them out, wash them and plant again.

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Good Luck,

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Post Last Updated: 6/20/2018 9:28:25 AM 

Tiny Pots



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Every one loves tiny pots.  Right now the rage is tiny homes, tiny cars, tiny pots...why not!!!
Small garden containers are big on charm but quick to dry out.  Keep your tiny pots in tip top shape by following these easy tips.

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Place your tiny pot containers where you unwind in the evening or drink your morning coffee.  That way you won't forget to water them.  Group your small pots together for a big visual appeal and easy one stop watering.  Try grouping them by color, style or type.  All red pots, all terra-cotta planters, all colors of the rainbow.  This is the time to get creative and playful.

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Get your creative juices flowing when it comes to selecting the containers.  Use coffee mugs, decorative saucers, children's toys, baskets, bowls or birdhouses.  Any type of container that can hold a small amount of potting soil and water

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Fill your tiny pots with similar plants that have similar watering needs.  All succulents, cactus, sedums....preferably drought hardy plants.  Mix all greens or add a mix of colors to create a cohesive look.  If you have room, top the potting soil with small pebbles. The rocks will keep the moisture in the soil from evaporating.  Idea:  top with colored rocks, small beads, small toys.

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Finally if you set your containers in a saucer of sand the sand will absorb excess drainage and then allow the pots to wick moisture back up as they dry out.  Damp sand also makes great sipping stations for butterflies.  So you get double the loveliness!

We all love small decorative containers.  If you just head the warning about watering you should be able to create some lovely and playful creations that will last a long time and bring smiles to everyone face.

Enjoy!

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Post Last Updated: 4/4/2018 11:45:49 AM 

Modern Garden Designs Using Containers



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We don't talk much about Modern garden designs in the Pottery Post blog but today we thought we would share some thoughts and see what you think.  Since modern garden designs are generally geometric, abstract, and use little plant materials they are not what most would consider when designing a patio or yard area.  Mostly contemporary they are designed in the minimalist approach where less is more.  The garden containers used now become the main focus with artistic touches or where opposite happens and the plants are the accent point and the pottery is mostly hidden and minor.

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It's not that you don't like traditional gardens and landscaping it's that you desire a more simple, feel and look that reflects your personal desire for outdoor living.  Since many modern garden containers can be cold, abstract and plain looking they will need a plant that will add something to the design element.  Like for an example a concrete wok planter with no pattern or even rolled rim edges is fairly simple and plain.  But place a spiky cactus or succulent in the center and it can explode out the top creating a lively display.

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Try to consider a Modern garden container  a joining of two design elements.  Simple, plain, abstract all matched with color, unique plants and minimal displays.  Usually you wont see a lot of plant materials mixed but a few displayed distinctive.  Plants are not just tools meaning just stick one into a pot and hope for the best.  Try to provide a variety of choices that make sense.  Example - different succulents, all colorful flowers or evergreens with no color.

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Instead of just trying to fill space think of modern designs as an art form.  Maybe use a few garden containers that stand tall, proud and empty.  Display them as artwork instead of a garden planter.  A cigar jar shape usually fits this need.  Size matters here.  You do not want a small planter sitting in the center of a display that is undersized and gets lost in the surrounding plant materials.

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Lastly, when starting out a great place to begin your planning is visualizing the term "Negative Space".  This means the space between things.  It truly creates a space for the mind and the eye to rest because it is the area where the lest is going on.  It allows you to be able to sit there and breathe.  There are no hard rules when it comes to designing this way.  Just take a deep breathe and get creative.

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Post Last Updated: 3/7/2018 11:30:01 AM 

Creative Containers



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We want to provide some fresh
container ideas to brighten up your garden or patio areas.  Give some of these ideas a go and let us know how they work out for you.

If you have to have a habit when it comes to your garden and patio areas why not make it trying to create new planters for your home.  Planted pots offer color, fragrance and beauty to all areas of your home.  By using beautiful flowers or lots of green houseplants you can create wonderful combinations that are decorative.

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When thinking about how to create wonderful and healthy garden containers you have a number of things to consider.  Start with the plants needs.  Most colorful containers start with considering the soil, water, food and light needs your plants need.  You don't want water logged roots which will rot if there are no drain holes in the pottery.  Make sure to replenish nutrients that leach from the soil by fertilizing containers weekly.

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Choose sunny spots if necessary.  When you choose plants think about where that container will sit when it comes to sun needs.  Try not to mix plants that have different needs so that they will all get along at the same time.  Avoid mixing them up to much and try planting one type of plant or flower at a time.

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Make sure you use the correct potting soil so that your plants are given the best shot for a healthy production of color and growth.  When picking plants pick a combination of richly hued foliage and ruffled leaves and texture if possible.  Finally clustering containers together makes a wonderful and colorful display that really brightens up a porch or patio.

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Post Last Updated: 2/28/2018 3:08:51 PM 

Down in the Dumps? Indoor Flowers Help




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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Post Last Updated: 1/30/2018 9:32:13 AM 

Transition Containers To Winter



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If you haven't taken the time to take an inventory of your fall garden containers, then now is the time to do so.  Do the flowers look spent, or the veggies given up and the grasses no fared well in the winter wind gusts?  Then it's time to transition them into winter items that will hold up to the cold and harsh weather that is coming.

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The first thing you need to do is toss all the plants and replace the potting soil.  Now is not the time to try to salvage anything.  Pick new plant materials that can with stand the harsh conditions coming in the colors and textures that will easily mix up and create a beautiful arrangement.  Add color with painted sticks, berry branches or colorful shades of greens and yellows.

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Fill your winter containers with Birch Branches.  They look lovely when clustered together and add a depth of texture to a garden container that is lovely for many months.  Ever seen colored branches like dogwood?  They come in red to yellow and you can find other textured branches like reeds or thin sticks that come in brown and can be woven and displayed beautifully.

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When it comes to plants try evergreens like boxwood that can be made into topiary.  Conifers of all sorts will work wonderfully.  Any kind of greenery that can handle the cold will be stunning covered in a light snowfall.

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Berried branches like winterberry and dried seed pots add an artistic touch that really upgrades any garden container.  Ornamental grasses add height to the center of a planter and trailing ivy flows over the pots sides, draping the planter in color.

Don't wait till it's too cold to transition your planters.  Now is the time to make the most of the remaining weather.

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Post Last Updated: 12/13/2017 2:48:43 PM 

Stressed Out Potted Containers



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When planting a garden container you plan it out logically and emotionally.  You select the perfect garden planter and plant materials.  Then all of a sudden the planted container starts to show stress.  What do you do?  You need to find out what is going on and how you can stop it immediately.  A planted container can't wait long for you to figure it out.  Here are a few ideas to go to first.

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The first place to go is to find out what is going on with the potted plants roots.  The area that grows beneath the ground into the soil.  Watch for Vine Weevil attacks.  Many come in nursery plants and feed on the plants leaves and lay their eggs in the soil.  Once the eggs hatch after about 10 days, the grubs burrow into the soil and feed underground on roots.  Sooner than later the plant is unable to drink water and collapses.

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Use sharp mulches like broken egg shells to discourage adult weevils from laying eggs.  Pick them off of the plants if you see them.

Next check the drainage.  Make sure the drain hole in the base of the planter is not plugged with soggy soil or rocks.  Maybe you need more than one drain hole so plan on drilling more holes with a masonary bit.  If the roots become water logged it will suffocate them and they will die.

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Cover the flowerpots drain hole with pot shards or use pot filler to help the water to drain thru the soil without plugging the drain hole.

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Lastly, is your potted plant starving.  Every time you water your potted plants you loose nutrients from the potting soil.  If you don't fertilize your soil and plants they will starve and eventually stress out and die.
Regardless how good the potting mix is watering will deplete nutrients over time.  Use a good fertilizer and keep the potted plants you are trying to grow healthy longer.

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Post Last Updated: 10/25/2017 9:24:12 AM 

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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Post Last Updated: 8/22/2017 12:34:46 PM 

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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Post Last Updated: 8/10/2017 11:46:01 AM 



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