If you have read any health magazines you are probably already eating avocado. Well, have you ever thought about potting up that big seed and seeing what will grow? Many of us had the experience of trying to grow a avocado seed in school, where you poked holes in the sides of the see with tooth picks and suspended the see above a glass of water. Yep, remember that? Anyway, here are a few updated tips that will help you grow a real plant that you can pot up and keep.
First if you think that once you pot the seed and grow the plant you will be harvesting avocados that isn't going to happen. Even if you get fruit it won't be quality fruit. But, you can grow a healthy FREE houseplant that is lovely.
1. Remove the seed from a ripe avocado. Don't hit the seed with a knife but pull it out gently with your hand. Clean under warm water. Wrap seed in damp paper towel. Place in plastic food bag (not zipper) and store in a dark cupboard. Check every 4 days or so for germination. Ensure the towel stays damp.
2. When the seed germinates it will gradually crack open and a root will grow from deep inside the seed. Don't break open the seed. Just leave it alone. When the root reaches 3" long it is ready to pot up.
3. Start with a 8" flowerpot that has drain holes. Avocado plants like good drainage so use a new potting mix with perlite or sand to help out. Plant the seed with the bottom and roots aiming down into the pot. The bottom is the flat broader end.
4. Fill the pot halfway with potting meet and place the seed. Add more soil till the top inch of the seed is above level. Water until moist not damp and add more potting soil to the garden planter as needed. Place in a warm, draft free location with indirect sunlight.
Tips: Avocados are tropical plants so they like warm, growing conditions and can NOT dry out. Use consistent watering and mist if necessary. Fertilize ever 3 months. That is it. No toothpicks involved.
If you are not familiar to the houseplant called Bromeliad than you are missing out. These indoor potted plants are colorful and wonderful additions to the houseplant family.
Bromeliad plants will flower. Their blooms are boldly colored and stunningly exotic. Each bloom is a spiky flower in lush red, yellow, pinks and orange. Many petals form each flower. The leaves also vary. From frosty looking light green to lush deep hunter green they are shiny and wide.
Like orchids, bromeliads are epiphytic, which means they grow on trees, rocks or other plants and get their water from the air and rain water. They do not get water from roots but their roots are what they use to attach themselves to the growing support.
Potted indoor bromeliads are considered a low maintenance potted houseplant. They are a slow growing plant and may only bloom once in their lives and unfortunately die after they bloom. When it comes to watering don't water thru the soil. Keep the container potted soil dry and fill a center cup with water and they will stay happy.
Since a container of bromeliad like humid air you should mist on a regular basis. If you prefer you can keep them in a bathroom or close to the kitchen sink where water is present. You can place a humidifier near the indoor bromeliad pot during the winter months when the indoor air is very dry from the furnace.
When it comes to light potted bromeliad can survive in low light situations. Direct sunlight can burn the leaves so for best results place in a spot with lots of natural light.
Potted Bromeliad make a wonderful addition to any house. Just research in advance so you give it the best chance to thrive and survive.
This time of year you are not thinking of planting and growing a garden full of vegetables. But just because the cooler weather is coming doesn't mean you can't grow a salad full of fresh lettuce in a garden pot indoors.
Who doesn't like fresh lettuce year round. Well growing your own in a flowerpot indoors is so easy. Start by selecting the correct garden pot to grow in. We suggest a garden bowl. A pot that is wider than higher. It can be round or rectangle that doesn't matter. What matters is the depth of the planter. Try to keep it 6" deep or so. What you are growing has short roots and doesn't need a need flowerpot full of potting soil.
Next let's talk soil. Use a new good quality potting mix that is loose and drains well. Never use old potting soil from a garden plant. Old soil can have bacteria, bugs and worse living in it and it is never recommended. Remember that your potting soil doesn't have fertilizer so add your own when planting.
Choosing salad types. Of course your main focus is lettuce. There are many types to choose from. Romaine, Looseleaf, butterhead, spinach, swiss chard and more. If you want to grow complimentary items you can just use a separate container. You can grow herbs, onions, chives, basil. You can choose to start from seed packets or purchase young plants at the local garden center.
Keep your pots in a sunny spot that receives a few hours of direct sunlight during the day. Keep the soil slightly moist but not wet. Just check to see how much water you will need. It is not necessary to water ever day.
In 30 days you can start to harvest the pottedlettuce. Pick leaves when you need them letting the lettuce plants rest and regrow as necessary. No rules to follow just go with your instincts.
This is a easy project and should be a fun one for you to try.
Every time we see something unusual and fun to plant and grow in a garden planters we have to share it with you. Today it's how to grow Okra in a flowerpot. It doesn't require a lot of space and is considered easy to grow and if you have ever eaten fried okra you will know why this is a great idea.
Okra in general is a warm season vegetable. It has delicate leaves and showy bloom that look beautiful. If you are growing for a decorative purpose or to eat they are easy to pot and place on a patio or porch area.
When choosing a pot make sure of a couple of things. Don't go any smaller than a 12" deep pot. You want to make sure that there is room for the roots but not so over sized the plant is dwarfed. You can pretty much choose any material as long as the pot has a drain hole. These plants love heat so a dark poly resin or concrete planter is great but glazed or terracotta will both work.
If you can't find a starter plant at the local nursery you will have to go with seeds. Ask for the dwarf variety so it doesn't grow over 5 feet tall. Plant on potting the seeds when the temperature stays above 60 degrees. Spring is the best time of year and the frost season has passed. Follow the seed packet instructions.
Place the pot where it can get as much full sun as possible. Use a potting mix that is crumbly and rich in organic matter. Water regularly cause potted okra likes moist soil. Fertilize on a reg basis with a low nitrogen fertilizer. Watch for pests and remove them if they show up. When it comes to harvesting, do it on a frequent basis. It blooms in approx 2 monts and fruit appears 5 days after flowering. Pods are harvested when still tender, otherwise they become to hard to eat. Look for them to be 3 to 5 inches in length.
That's it. Have fun experimenting with unusual plants like Okra!
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!
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.
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.
Sprinkle the cilantro seed over the surface of the moistsoil 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Growing veggies in flowerpots are 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.
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.
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.