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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 

Let's Talk Citrus in Pots



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Growing a citrus tree in a flowerpot is nothing new.  Gardeners have been doing this for many years.  The attractive and edible fruit make these very popular and wanted by most folks whether they have a home or apartment.  With a sunny window and a bit of space anyone can grow fruit in a garden planter.

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Of course we feel the most important place to start is choosing the correct garden container.  We recommend terracotta of course.  Most terracotta breathes and is very healthy for a plants roots.  It also drains well so it's a healthy choice for moisture control in the soil of pots.  If you decided to use a different type of garden planter that doesn't dry out then you may incur issues.  A citrus trees roots like to dry out between watering's and do not like to sit in moist soil.

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When it comes to the size of the pot believe it or not a citrus plant does not like to be in a huge oversized pot.  They really don't mind being root bound in a planter which we normally don't recommend and this is because they like it and tend to remain healthy.  When selecting a potting mix they aren't fussy.  Just make sure it's well draining  and includes some limestone.

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Most plants but especially citrus require lots of light so place the potted plants in a sunny window or outdoor area.  Bring the planters outside when the weather reaches a 60 degree temp on a regular basis.  Place them in full sun for at least half a day.

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When it comes to maintaining the potted citrus plants water with a light hand.  Do not over water and make sure that the planter drains well after each watering.  It's ok to wait until the plant shows a little wilting even.  When it comes to fertilizing a regular program is the best.  So feed the potted plant when it is actively growing and stop during winter.

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Also when it comes to pruning try to prune only when necessary.  Even if the plant starts to look unsightly hold off until after the first fruit is picked.  In general most potted citrus plants like to be left alone so try your best not to interfere.  And lastly, pick fruit when ripened.  Or if you prefer just leave it alone for a decorative look and wonderful fragrance.  This way they make wonderful houseplants!

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Post Last Updated: 3/13/2018 8:34:24 AM 

Let's Grow Cilantro In A Flowerpot



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Think it would be fun to grow cilantro in a flower pot?  Well, it's very easy to do!  The best part is that it is not only easy to do but think of what you can do with fresh cilantro growing indoors during winter!  Salsa anyone!

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Cilantro grows best in cooler temps.  It does well when potted outside in spring, fall and even early winter.  Unfortunately if you want to grow cilantro outside during the summer it will go to seed fast and end its' growing life.  So the best thing to do is fill a garden pot with it indoors and have it available all year long.

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Start by filling
 with potting mix.  Cilantro likes all kinds of pottery so this is the time to choose a planter that matches your home decor.  Just make sure that there is a drain hole.  No herb not even cilantro likes to have it's roots sitting in stagnant water.  Water the potting mix now and get it damp.  Make sure the overflow comes out the bottom of the pots drain hole. 

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Sprinkle the cilantro seed over the surface of the moist soil evenly.  Cover with 1/4" of potting soil and mist it with water to moisten.  Now is the time to start misting the soil to keep it moist till the seeds germinate.

Take the pot and place in direct sunlight.  Hopefully the potted cilantro will get 6 hrs of direct sunlight per day. Mist the soil when it begins to dry out and keep misting for 7 days till germination.

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Now water the plants when the top soil dries and rotate the pot so that all sides of the cilantro get sunlight. Here is the fun part.  Harvesting the cilantro leaves.  Wait till the indoor potted plant grows 4" in height and have full size leaves.  Cut the leaves with kitchen shears leaving at least one set of leaves on each plant.  We recommend you harvest off different sections of the pot so that each plant has time to regrow.

Lastly fertilize the potted cilantro when the plants are 6 weeks old.  This will help to keep the grow steady and healthy.  Now top salsa with these beauties and enjoy.  

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Post Last Updated: 10/30/2017 9:20:16 AM 

Grow A Tree In A Pot



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You might think the idea of growing a tree in a garden planter is overwhelming.  Where do you start, how does this work?  All good questions that are easily answered.  Growing a tree in a garden pot is not as difficult as it sounds.  Container trees are an easy way to add size, and color to your garden area, patio or porch.  Don't have a lot of room at your home or living in an apartment and want something besides the flowers you find at a local nursery center, then a potted tree is the solution for you.

Of course the most important place to start is selecting the garden planter.  Any planter no matter what it is made from must have a drain hole. Fill the base with pot filler so that the drain hole remains open and doesn't become clogged with soil.  We recommend a light container since the tree itself will add the weight needed to keep it from blowing down.  The lighter weight containers will make it possible to move it around if necessary.

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Make sure the planter is twice the volume of the tree's roots.  Plant it at the same depth as the nursery pot it was growing in.  Use a good potting mix made for trees.  When it comes to watering, fertilizing and care of the tree refer to the tag that comes with tree from the nursery.

We recommend a few types of trees.  They maybe dwarf varieties or just ones that don't mind being potted and tend to do pretty well.

Japanese Maple - Because of their slow growth rate these do well in containers.  With a smaller root system you can limit the size of the planter needed.  Just don't place the pot in direct sunlight or they will burn.

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Dwarf Fig - These are adorable and if you and if you want it to produce fruit get a self-fertile one.  They like the light so place that pot where it will get 7 hrs of full sunlight.  Yellow leaves mean to much sun not over watering.

Olive Tree - These types of trees love pots and lots of sun.  They have a long life so make sure you place the planter in a spot you really like. Once it grows you won't want to have to move it.  If you live in cold then bring it indoors or at least the garage for protections.

Bay Tree - These are really pretty with bright flowers, berries and lush leaves.  They make great topiary trees and love being potted.  Lets the pots soil dry out a bit between waterings.

So, find a large pot that you truly love, take a trip to the nursery and get a nice healthy potted tree and come home and create a look you thought you could never have.

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Post Last Updated: 6/28/2017 8:33:51 AM 

Oreo Dirt Cake In A Flowerpot



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We have all seen these cakes in a flowerpot for parties, brunches, showers, wedding or any special occasion but we wanted to add a few fun tips to help recreate these.  Watch your guest light up when they see this creations in a clay garden pot. They think they are real and don't know they can really eat it.  Once you tell them the fun begins.

You can use one large flowerpot like the recipe below you break the pudding & cookies up into individual small clay flowerpots.  Both work great.

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Serves 12

Have a clean new terra cotta clay garden pot 8" x 10"
Cover the drain hole in the bottom of the flower pot with wax paper circle so the pudding doesn't drain out.  Or place a whole oreo cookie over the hole as shown.

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In a food processor crush cookies till fine.  set aside.  In a bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and sugar till smooth.  In another bowl, mix pudding and milk till blended. Fold into cream cheese mix.  Fold in the whipped topping.

Start by alternating layers of cookie crumbs and pudding mix. End with cookie crumbs on top so that it looks like dirt.  Chill the cake pots for several hours or overnight.

Now is the time to decorate.  Use silk flowers, rock candy and gummy worms.  You can cut a straw off and insert into the pudding first, then stick the silk flowers into the straws. They are stiffer and hold up better.  Have fun with decorating. We have seen all kinds of fun ideas.

1 -15 1/2 oz pkg Oreo cookies
1 - 8 oz pkg cream cheese
4 T butter softened
1 C confectioners sugar
2 - 3.4 oz pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
3 1/2 C cold milk
1 - 12oz carton frozen whipped topping thawed

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Post Last Updated: 7/4/2017 12:51:55 PM 

Grapes In Garden Planters



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Let's grow some grapes in a garden planter!  Doesn't this sound hard? We agree! But, surprisingly if you follow some specific guidelines it's not all that hard at all.  This is the perfect project for people with limited patio or porch space.  Apartment dwellers, condos or small houses with small yards.  Give it a go and see how you do.

One of the most important things to remember when starting out is to select a nice large and sturdy garden container.  This is not the time for starting with a undersized garden planter.  On the other hand you don't want the plant to be swimming either.  You should shoot for a deep (18 to 24" wide container and 18" to 24" deep.  We recommend you use a planter made out of terracotta.  This clay pot is meant to breathe and is the healthiest choice for the plants root system.  Of course that doesn't  mean you can't use glazed, ceramic or concrete planters. They will all work find as long as they are large enough.

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There are many types of grape vines so we recommend asking your local nursery professional what is best for your area.  You can go online for lots of information also.  Unless you have the room for a trailing grape vine we recommend you start with a dwarf variety.

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Plant in spring or summer.  Don't use garden soil but instead look for a potting mix that drains well.  Mix a good fertilizer into the soil to begin with and use according to the mfg.  During the growing season it is best to mulch the top of the garden planter or use a pot topper like garden stone, colored marbles or clay pot broken shards.  They will help to keep the moisture from evaporating so fast in the heat.

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Let the potted plant grow freely and no pruning till late winter.  By not pruning you will develop a strong root system. Come winter you should move the potted grape vine into the garage or preferably indoors.  Reduce watering and no fertilizer.  

Give it a go and let us know how it goes.

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Post Last Updated: 6/21/2017 11:10:17 AM 

Mexican Terracotta Pottery



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We have been importing Mexican garden planters for over 17 years. While the clay is heavy, very dark and considered porous it is still in high demand because of it's unique designs & original styles.

The Mexican clay pottery that we import have very distinctive designs.  It's very rough, porous and many times lined with a black tar product, that helps to prolong the life of the clay.  Each design is usually hand made and so each one is slightly different.  One thing we can say is unless the outside of the planter is sealed with a water proof product the clay will break down from water and sun exposure.

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These planters are not made to last and will start to deteriorate after a season of use.  Our terracotta sealer will not waterproof the pot but it will help to prolong the life of the clay by laying down a barrier of protection.  Just brush it on and let it dry.

Many of the styles, like garden hose containers, strawberry jars, pocket pots and animal planters have been standards in the industry for years and continue to be good sellers.  These same patterns and styles are not being produced by other suppliers.

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When it comes to price point, Mexican terracotta can't be beat.  It is very inexpensive because it is easy to make, the clay is a powder product and it's fired in wood burning kilns instead of gas.  Since the durability factor is poor we recommend using them with perennials and annuals flowers that will last only one season.

Good designs, unique styles and easy ability make these garden planters good sellers.

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Post Last Updated: 5/3/2017 3:27:22 PM 

Grow Beets In A Garden Container



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Tips for Growing Beets in a Flowerpot

Growing veggies in flowerpots is easy to do, lots of fun and super delicious.  In this post we share some planting tips for growing beets in a garden pot and share with you how fun this is. Easy for an apartment dweller or anybody with limited garden space.  Oh yeah, yummy also!

Step one is deciding on the garden planter or pot that you are going to use.  Just remember the wider the better.  A nice wide planter like a rectangle will let you pot more plants and give you a larger yield. They are great for lining a patio fence, a balcony railing or setting up a border.  Small pots will work but you should shoot for a 12" deep planter.  The extra depth will give your roots a larger area to expand into.

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When it comes to pottery materials, we like terracotta because it is meant to breathe and is the most healthy type of pot for a plants health.  However, even glazed, poly resin or concrete will all work. The main point to remember is you must have drain holes.  You do not want the beets roots to sit in standing water.  The more drain holes the better so if you find a pot you just love and it doesn't have a drain hole, plan on drilling one.

When planting remember to start with a good veggie potting mix. This makes sure you get off to the best start.  Then remember that beets don't like to be moved so use a container that is going to be large enough and sow the seeds 1/4 deep.  You will need to thin out the beets as they start to sprout.

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Place the beet flower pot in full sun for the best growth.  Don't put the pot up against a wall or fence. Make sure the container has good air circulation.  Water regularly to keep the soil moist at all times and don't let the soil dry out completely.  Fertilize with time released beads.

Potted beets usually take about 8 weeks to be ready to harvest after germination.  Use in salads, stir fry the beet greens but only harvest them a few inches off the soil.  That way they will continue to re-grow.

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Post Last Updated: 5/24/2018 2:32:52 PM 

Hanging Flower Pots



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Have you ever seen a hanging flower pot over flowing with colorful flowers that you didn't just love?  They are some of the most stunning and decorative flower pots you can display.

There are many types of hanging baskets & planters that you can purchase from your local nursery or right here at Arizona Pottery.  We sell a poly resin light weight garden bowl that is durable, comes in 32 colors, hangs from a tri-chain and is available in 5 large sizes.  You can create a nice display or go with our huge size and create a display that can't be rivaled by anyone else. At 25" round this baby is huge.

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Because our light weight hanging pots are custom made for you, you get to decide if you want a drain hole or not. This is good for deciding on where the pot will hang.  Do you want it draining over a patio chair. Probably not.  So we give you a choice.

After you decide on what container you are going to use, it's time to think about potting soil & water needs.  Purchase a nice potting soil meant for flowers.  This way you will have the best chance of a colorful display.  When it comes to water, make sure you keep the soil moist but not damp.  So you will need to water every day.  Since the pot is hanging, the circulating air will cause the soil to dry out faster than a normal garden pot.

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Then select the types of flowers, bulbs, trailing ivies, succulents, cactus or evergreens that you want to display.  We suggest mixing them up to create a greater effect.  Plant one hanging planter with all colorful flowers, another with a lush green fern and so on.  Try to plant the center first and move around to the outside of the pottery.  Try a small palm in the center shooting up, surround with colorful flowers and end the outside with trailing vines.

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Now pick where they will hang.  Off a wall, on a fence post, along the railing on a porch.  Place there where they can get some sunlight and if you have drain holes where they won't drain onto a chaise or chair. If you have a seating area on your patio try placing them around the outer edge so people are hitting their heads on them or the planters aren't draining where people will walk and possibly slip.

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It sounds like a lot to remember but the main point is to create something wonderful.  Lots of color, fragrance & visual beauty!  You will not regret adding a couple of hanging planters to your garden pottery display.  Good Luck!
 
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Post Last Updated: 3/14/2017 2:19:55 PM 

What Pots Are Made Of.



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All garden planters are made of a variety of materials.  Some will suit your garden and planting needs and others not so much.  Keep in mind when looking at your choices that you will need a planter that is large enough to support the plants growth.  You don't want to have to repot in one growing season.  Also, make sure that you have a drain hole.  Even if you are planting cactus or succulents which don't need a lot of water you still don't want their roots to be sitting in standing water.

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Clay:  Clay pottery has been around for decades. They are the most healthiest materials because they breathe which is good for the plants roots.  There are different qualities of clay like Italian, Mexican and Chinese. Some use powder products and others are harvested out of the ground.  Clay will break down fast and are very fragile and easy to break.  They also need to be watered more because they dry out faster.  There are high fired clay's now that will wear as well as a glazed planter so look for those if possible.

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Poly Resin:  Lots of large sizes because they are poured into a mold to cure and don't know a kiln to be fired in.  Lots of colors and attractive styles.  Our commercial grade poly resin is super durable and guaranteed not to chip, warp, crack or fade over time.  One bonus is the shipping, moving and storing of poly pottery. It's lightweight will nest easily and you can move them around on a whim.

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Glazed Ceramic:  Colorful with shiny and matte finishes, glazed pottery is know for it wonderful glazes and finishes.  Durable enough to handle a heavy frost but not enough for below freezing temps. They are heavy and moderately expensive.  When you need to add color to your garden or patio area then this is the way to go.

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Concrete:  Durable, attractive and affordable. There are good manufacturers and not so good one so be selective.  It will all depend on the concrete mix that is used on how well they will wear.  Lots of color choices, and optional drain hole choices.  Obviously you want them placed where they will stay because moving them is not an option.

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Metal:  Lighter weight, durable but unless powder coated they will rust. Many like that rusty look and prefer it to a colored finish.  Plastic liners will help insulate them and keep the roots from overheating during the summer months.  They come large and extra large which comes in handy for commercial applications.

So, no matter what you choose try to find a material that will serve your needs.

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