As the years go by you find yourself collecting more and more garden planters. Many of them are very expensive or just ones that you love very much. So of course you want to protect them from Winters cold and damage. Here are a few tips that may help ease your discomfort.
Before anything you need to clean them out and clean them up. Of course this is only for garden pottery that is empty and being stored. Start by dumping the soil into a compost pile or recycle can. You will not be using it again so it has to go. You do not want to pass on any bugs, mold or fungus that may be growing in the soil so get rid of it and start fresh next season.
Use a wire or stiff bristle brush to scrub off any chunks of soil that are sticking to the insideof the flowerpot. Then mix a bucket of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water. Now scrub the inside with the bleach mix to disinfect the pot and make sure any thing that may be still attached to the insides are killed or removed. Let the pots dry completely before storing them in the garage or shed.
Ideally all garden pottery and planters should be stored indoors over the winter months. May planters are frost resistant but not frost proof. This means they can handle light frost but not freezing weather. If there is standing water from rain or drip system in the soil and the soil freezes, the water will expand and crack the planter.
If you are leaving the empty planters outdoors, try flipping them over and use bricks, pot feet or wood to keep them off the ground. You can cover the empty containers with a large garbage bag to keep the water off or cover with burlap wrap. If you can't flip them then just fill them with hay or mulch to protect them from the water and cold.
If you can't move the garden planters and need to keep them planted then you need to top the pots with mulch to keep the water out and the roots from freezing. We like wrapping the planter with burlap and string to help. Plastic bubble wrap works etc. We know it's not the most beautiful look but if it saves your planters from cracking it's well worth it.
The only exception for all the above information is a terra cotta flower pot. Terra cotta is porous and absorbs water like a sponge. This is healthy for the plants but obviously bad for freezing water conditions. If you can't bring them in, get the pots off the ground, wrap in a waterproof bag or tarp and move them under a roof eave so water doesn't directly hit them. If you can't do any of that then at least lay down a thick layer of mulch or hay to protect the top soil.
Hope this helps and you find some of these tips for protecting your garden planters from freezing during Winter work.
Finding the most beautiful and healthy plants and flowers for your garden containers isn't that hard to do. Most local nursery and garden centers carry a wide selection that are mostly healthy and lovely. Now keeping them looking that way for as long as possible is the goal of every container gardener. By following a few tips listed below you are well on the way to achieving that goal.
1. Pick the perfect garden pot. Make sure you get the right size before anything else. You do not want to put a palm into a pot that is so small it tips over in a robust wind or so little that it cramps the roots from growing and spreading. All plants and flowers have roots that need room to grow in soil that has nutrients in it. If a container is too large it can result in over moist soil and drown the roots. If you have a lot of space in the pot and you keep the soil moist, you may get moss and mildew issues that are not welcome. Also make sure you garden container has drain hole. No standing water in flowerpots is recommended.
2. Plant you new pottery container with a plan. It seems harmless to just dig in and go for it but the result will not be as successful if you follow a few steps. Make sure you use plants with the right light needs with where you are putting the finished pot. A plant that needs full sunlight will not grow if you place the garden planter on a covered porch that sees mostly shade. Try to mix flowering plants and colors with green foliage to fill in the planter and make them look overflowing and full. Just make sure they need the same amount of water.
3. Be selective about the potting soil you use. Never use garden soil for many reason but mostly you will NOT have healthy plants. If you plant succulents make sure you are using pumice soil that drains well. If flowers are more to your liking a nice potting mix that has compost in it works great. Don't recycle potting soil if you had diseased plants growing it in already. Start fresh! The main thing to remember here is never underestimate the power of the correct potting mix.
So follow these easy steps and you are well on the way to have garden containers that look stunning all season long.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are a few times when trying to take a short cut when planting around the house works pretty good. This time we are talking about the new choices you see every where of fake or faux silk or plastic garden shrubs. Now we aren't recommending you re-plant your whole yard or landscape. What we are suggesting is that you give them a try and below are the reasons why.
In years gone by we use to see really bad charlie brown plastic shrubs and plants for your garden planters. We even went thru a pretty ugly stage of plastic fruit. With today's new manufacturers the plastic and silk industry has stepped up and create some pretty life like plants. You can now find them in all sizes and shapes at most home and garden centers. They are found in plastic pots that are unsightly. So we want to re=pot them to give them a realistic look and elegant feel.
Since you will be using silks or plastics you can use pretty much any type of garden container you choose. From bold bright colorful glazed planters to earthy terra cotta and clay flower pots, you get to choose. If you live in an apt or condo we recommend trying a light weight poly resin planter to help with weight. Since the tree is light weight the dirt will be the only part that has some weight to it.
Why do you want dirt if the shrub is silk? Well we recommend that you surround the faux shrub with real flowers or trailing vines like ivy or vinica. The real plants offset the plastic making your garden planters look natural and lovely. No body will really know unless they walk up and touch them.
Fill the bottom of the flowerpot up with potting soil and then sit the faux bush inside. Surround the bush with more soil and then add the real plants and vines. Easy and perfect!
Try this experiment. Visit a local garden center where there is a large selection of colored garden planters. Do the blue shades calm you down? Are you warmed and energized by reds? Do you gravitate toward greens? How about the natural appeal of terracotta pottery?
We are incredibly sensitive to color. In face, the human eye can detect seven million unique variations. We are also very sensitive to the mood and feelings that colors can create.
Psychologist Ayben Ertem, who researches the effects of color on human behavior, says pink tones tend to be soothing and relaxing. To encourage deeper conversations, she suggest using orange pots around a patio to encourage people to talk and share. Want to experience a relaxing feel when laying around the pool? Use lavender or purple since they have a relaxing effect.
When it comes to planning out a color scheme it is best to stick with neutrals. White, Black or Terracotta planters. These go with all plant materials and decorating details like patio chairs and cushions. When you want the star to be the plants and not the pots these are great choices.
Of course, your best bet may be to forget about the color "rules" and simply surround yourself with shades and hues you enjoy most.
The definition of the word terracotta is - FIRED CLAY, brownish red in color when un-glazed, that is used for architectural ornaments, facings, pottery and as a material for sculpture.
Arizona Pottery imports terracotta pottery from Italy, China, Mexico & Thailand. There are few if any American manufacturers left. Each country has it own way of harvesting clay that is used in the forming process. And, each factory has it own way of firing the pots in a kiln.
Our Italian pottery is well known in the pottery industry for having a nice smooth feel to the touch. The sun baked color is even toned and stunning. Each pot is close to identical and the manufacturing process is unsurpassed. These pots are hard packed which makes them less porous and therefore more durable. Because of the compacting process they will absorb less water and no breakdown as fasts as other clay's. They are considered a low fired product.
Terracotta pottery is meant to breathe. This is a definite advantage when ti comes to the health of the plants root system. Since it is porous, any water you apply to the potted soil will be absorbed into the clay. That is why you may end up with lines around the planters body. These are caused from the water applied, any chemicals in the water and calcium build up that comes from the clay.
Once a pot is used it will bread down naturally over time. We sell a pottery sealer that helps to prolong the life of the clay pot. All low fired clay flowerpots & planters will break down over time. This is a good thing!
If you want to keep your garden pottery looking as new as the day it was purchased we suggest you choose a pot made of a more durable product. Concrete, Poly Resin, Metal, Glazed ......
Interestingly, many manufacturers are using a powder clay mix to form their planters out of. The Italian pottery we sell does not. It still harvests the clay out of the ground, very real, beautiful & old school.So keep this in mind when comparing Italian garden pottery to other imports.
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!
Who doesn't like sitting on a patio, porch or balcony, taking in the sights and smelling the wonderful flowerpots and window boxes you have planted with sweet smelling plants? We do!!! Creating a small fragrant garden in a decorative planter is both easy, and rewarding.
First start by selecting the garden planter you are going to use. Make sure you know the size of the root systems that the plants you want to plant are. If they are long, then you will need a deep garden pot so that the roots don't get compacted. If they are shorter you can go with a wide deep wok style garden bowl. Place the container where it will get some sunlight but not full sun. If weight is an issue then go with a light container like Poly Resin or clay.
Choose your plants carefully. Try to not to pot too many so the fragrances don't get mixed and are overpowering. Just determine the type of fragrance you want and follow that lead. Favorites are Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Plumeria, Gardenia, & Oleander. All easy to grow and all smell heavenly. Once planted, grab a cup of tea, sit back and take in these wonderful scents.
Your garden containers are more than a pot to hold soil and plants. They are the plants' living quarters, and they decorate your home and landscape as well. That is why you need to make sure your containers are in good shape. Dirty planters can affect plant health, and faded or drab looking pots distract from the appearance of your arrangement. Read below for advice on how to keep your garden containers in great shape!
They are outside, they get wet, they hold dirt - so why should you bother to clean containers? The answer is easy. Plants grow better in a clean and sterile environment, and you lower the chances of having pests and diseases hanging around to harm your plants.
Start by getting rid of potting soil and debris by brushing the inside and outside of the container thoroughly. Use a stiff wire brush for the job and get better results. Wash small pots in a basin or bucket filled with hot, soapy water. You can also add a few drops of liquid household bleach to the water. Be sure to scrub inside and outside. Rinse the planters well and allow to air dry overnight before replanting. Remember to use fresh soil mix, to minimize insect and disease problems.
Awesome flowers in shabby containers or pretty pots on chipped and peeling plant stands don't provide the good looks that we bet you're going for. Naturally, containers exposed to the elements invariably fall into disrepair. Here are a few tips to help keep them looking great!
Inspect all planters at the start of the season for any signs of chipped or cracked paint.
Wash off any dirt and let them dry overnight. If you need to repaint the pot by sanding the surface first and then spraying the paint and letting it dry. Finish with a coat of clear protectant designed for outdoor use. If there is a crack then patch it before use. This will keep the water from penetrating into the crack and causing the pot to break down over time.
You can save work in the long run if you make sure that your containers are ready to withstand the elements before you begin planting.
Evergreen garden plants come in many shapes, sizes and shades. Grouped in #containers they will provide you with year round interest and color. Include some golen or variegated foliage among your evergreens and choose contrasting leaf forms to make a striking group. Plant any time of year.
Materials needed: Terracotta pots of various sizes
Crocks or similar material for drainage.
Equal mix loam based compost and container compost.
Plant saucers if needed
Slow release plant food granuals
Large shrubs such as this conifer, should be potted into a large container. Place plenty of crocks or drainage materials at the base of the pot drain hole. If the plant is at all potbound, tease the roots loose before planting in a new pot. Fill around the rootball with compost pressing it down firmly around the edges of the pot.
Smaller plants like the bergenia should be planted in a pot slightly larger than the existing one. Place crock pieces in the bottom, position the plant and then fill around the edges with compost. Repeat with remaining plants.
Plants will stay moist longer if they are stood in saucers of wet gravel. This group of plants will do well positioned in partial shade. Water regularly and feed with slow release plant food granules in the spring and autumn.