So you have cleaned up your garden, patio and porch area and prepared for the coming winter months ahead. Everything is locked down for the cold. How are your houseplant pots doing? Have you taken any steps to help the indoor pots survive the changing season? Well, we have a few tips to share that we think now would be a good time of year to implement. Take a peek...
Believe it or not, just because your potted plants are indoors doesn't mean they can't be negatively affected come winter. The air dries out more, dust collects and daylight is at a minimum. All of these combined make it very difficult for indoor potted houseplants to maintain their health and beauty.
Keep em clean: Dusting a home is never a fun way to spend your spare time but did you know that all indoor potted houseplants have tiny pores on the surface of their leaves that breathe. If they become clogged with dust and dirt particles growth slows down and the plants start to show stress. Indoor pot plants need as much sunlight as possible and dust blocks out it out. Also it just doesn't look good does it!
Take the time to clean the leaves with a soft cloth or sponge dipped in warm water. Hold the houseplants leaf for support and don't press hard. For hairy leaves try a small toothbrush or cotton ball. Lastly do the underside. It gets dusty too.
Watering times and amounts will change come winter also. Indoor heating can produce dry warm air that is not the best for indoor pots. Try misting your houseplants to create some humidity. Coat the stems and the leaves with misty droplets. Now would be a good time to group them together so that they can benefit each other with the moisture they will expel.
Finally let them rest. Now is the time for everything in nature to slow down and refresh. While your indoor houseplants rest the growth slows or stops so their watering and feeding schedule can change. Fertilize lightly once you are sure that growth has slowed down.
So, spend a few minutes tending to your indoor potted houseplants to prep them for winter and we think you will notice they will weather this harsh season much easier.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
In our last blog posts we offered a few good tips for helping you with your potted houseplants. In this post we are going to give you a few more because we have so many we want to share that they won't fit in just one post. So, here are some pot tips to help with your potted houseplants.
Cat Proof Your Indoor Potted Plants!
Not again! Despite your frequent scolding, your cat love to go into your indoor potted houseplants. Keep them from using your favorite ficus as a little box by placing pieces of broken pottery over the dirt. You can also top the soil with marbles, colored rocks or any kind of item you cat won't want to touch.
Guarantee Healthy Potted Plants!
Before you pot up a plant for your house, try placing tea bags over the drain hole of the planter. They will retain the water and keep your potted plant healthy and full of life with the antioxidants.
Help Your Hanging Flowerpots!
Did you know that hanging flowerpots dry out faster than one that sit on the ground. This is because of the wind swirling around them. All hanging planters should be watered daily in order to keep the flowers or plants healthy. Use ice cubes on the top soil for a slow melt that lets the plants roots soak up the moisture over time.
In the Fall Collect Pine Cones for Spring Planters!
You say what? In the fall collect pine cones that fall on the ground. Next Spring before you plant in a garden planter, drop some in the bottom of the pot. Then add potting soil. The cones provide great drainage, help keep the soil from leaking out the drain hole and don't add extra weight like rocks would.
Coffee Filter to the Rescue!
It's a well known fact but if you place a coffee filter in the bottom of your flowerpots before adding potting soil, they will help keep the soil from running out. Easy & Effective
You are a outdoor gardening genius, so why is indoor gardening such a impossible feat? Use these tips as a guide to keep your home filled with happy, healthy potted houseplants!
Start by purchasing healthy, bug free plants. This is the time to be picky. A houseplant at a garden center should look its very best, not like it's on it's last leg. If you gently thump the side of a container, you might see a white fly cloud rise out of the soil. Avoid buying these plants and introducing their problem into your home.
Keep a holding room. When you bring home a new potted plant, isolate it in a room away from other houseplants for up to a month to make sure it's bug and disease free.
Don't overuse fertilizer. Provide plant food monthly only during spring and summer and use a diluted 20-20-20 fertilizer. Remember fertilizer makes plants bigger, to much of it can make plants quickly outgrow their garden pots.
Update pots judiciously. Only when a plant's roots have outgrown it's pots does it need to be bumped up to a bigger container. Change pots conservatively because many plants, like succulents and cacti, prefer to be a bit root bound.
Don't under water or over water. Potted plants only need water when they are dry - unless the plant tag specifies otherwise. To water, fill the container from the top layer of soil to the brim, until water comes out the the drain hole in the bottom of the planter. Wait about half hour for plant to drink what it needs. Remover excess water from the saucer.
Rejuvenate tropical houseplants with spa days. Most potted houseplants are tropical and enjoy humidity. Treat them to a spa day by relocating them one or two at a time, to a steamy bathroom.
Now that Winter is here and it's really cold outside, its time to focus on your indoor potted houseplants. How are they looking? Will you be adding to them this Season? Here are a few easy tips on watering and fertilizing them that may help them out a bit.
When it comes to watering a potted houseplant they really don't need that much. Not even close to what it's like during Summer when the inside of the home can get very warm. Start to slow down the watering process in Autumn so that by Winters cold they are getting use to less water.
It's time for those potted plants to take a rest and hibernate till next Spring when everything comes back to life. Make sure to water the soil and not the plants leaves. This would be a good time to give those leaves a cleaning off. Make sure the dust and dirt that collects all year long gets gently lifted off.
Fertilizing your potted houseplants will work similar to the watering program. Start slowing down the feeding in Fall so by Winter you can completely stop. There is not much growth happening at this time and it's a good time for your houseplants to rest and go dormant. Come Spring it's time to start up again.
It doesn't take much to keep your potted houseplants looking good, just remember to go for it in Spring and let them sleep throughout Winter. Easy Peasy!
If you have ever had issues with sleeping at night than this article may help. After tossing and turning all night you may be wondering what you can do to stop this from happening. Meditating, dark light, ear plugs! Who would have thought to try filling your home with potted flowers & plants could help? Here are a few suggestions that we think you will find helpful.
Try placing some of these plant recommendations is beautiful pottery in the living areas of your home. Make sure you place at least one in your bedroom. Why you may ask does this work. Well, not only do these potted plants add beauty to your living spaces but they can clean the air surrounding them. Eliminating toxins, odors, molds. You know how they tell you to get out in nature and try to relax. We recommend that you bring nature indoors by potting up a few of the recommended plants below.
Jasmine - Will reduce anxiety levels, leading to greater quality of sleep
. Lavender - Smells like heaven in a flowerpot. The scent slows down heart rate, lowers blood pressure and levels of stress
. Snake Plant - One of the most recommended plants for improving indoor air quality and is hardy and easy to care for.
Aloe Vera - One of NASA's top air improving plants, that emits oxygen at night, making for a more restful sleep.
Gardenia - OMG the fragrance is heavenly. Great for bedrooms. Studies show it to as effective as Valium in relieving anxiety & promoting sleep. Potted it's beautiful.
Spider Plant - Similar to snake plant, it is a champion cleanser of air.
Valerian - Simply smelling it's scent will help you fall asleep faster and ensure you enjoy a better quality of slumber.
English Ivy - Studies have shown that this leaf can improve symptoms of allergies or asthma. Amazing stuff and really lovely trailing out of a traditional flowerpot.
Peace Lily - A superstar plant that filters out harmful benzene, tricholoethylene, and formaldehyde toxins. Also boosts a rooms humidity.
Bamboo Palm - Ditch your chemical laden air fresheners in favor of a few of these pretty palms and say goodbye to airborne smells and toxins.
Gerbera Daisies - Bright & cheerful flowers that will put you in a good mood just because they look good. They release oxygen at night which helps you sleep.
Golden Pothos - Our last plant that is an exceptional air purifier.
We aren't saying you need to fill your house with all of these wonderful & health promoting potted plants. Just pick the ones that you like the enjoy the smell. Find some wonderful garden planters and put up a few. Then give it a bit and see if you don't find yourself sleeping better at night! Good Luck!
One of the easiest plants to grow potted for indoor use is a Snake Plant. They are the perfect houseplant for anyone who has a black thumb instead of a green thumb.Follow these few tips and you will have much success!
If they gave prizes for houseplants that can take a ton of abuse, Snake plants would be one of them. Neglected for weeks at a time they still stay healthy and fresh looking. Now who could ask for more when considering a potted houseplant?
Potted Snake plants can handle low light which is great for dark winter months. They are ok drying out which is good for homes where the heaters tend to suck out the moisture in the air and the air becomes pretty dry. The soil in pots tend to dry out faster than normal.
But a bonus benefit is they keep the air inside your home clean, removing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene. Just by placing a few of them potted in different room, you can remove up to 87% of toxins. Put a potted snake plant next to a bed, on a desk, in a living room or any space where they can go to work.
There are many types of snake plants and many can be found at your local nursery or garden center. We like to seem them mixed up indoors to give some interest.
X Sansevieria Goldn Hahnii - short leaves, yellow border.
X Rhino Grass, Sansevieria desertii - grows to 12" with red tinted leaves
X White Snake Plant - Sansevieria trifasciata Bantels Sensation - White vertical stripes.
So, take a second look at snake plants if you are looking to put some potted plants indoors this Winter. They really are the easiest plants to look after!
We all know how frustrating it can be to bring a lovely potted houseplant into the home and then find yourself fighting houseplant pests. The last think you want to do is spend your time fighting those bugs all winter long.
Once the season changes and winter approaches, houseplants go dormant. This will make them more prone to pest attacks. The best way to approach this issue is to follow a few easy steps which can help your potted houseplants and control this pest issue.
Keep your containers and potting mix clean and sterile. If you are using a pot that has already been used then run it thru the dishwasher. And, never recycle potting soil from another plant. Always start with new potting mix. Check the plants when you purchase them and make sure they aren't already infested. If you find any then wash them with a mild soap and water. If you find that later after planted you potted houseplant, it gets bugs then move it away from your other plants so it doesn't affect them also.
Don't let the plants get dusty or cobwebs. These things will attract spider mites. Use a damp paper towel or soft cloth to wipe the leaves off on a regular basis.
So as you can see it's not as tragic as you may think. And please don't just toss the poor houseplant out without trying these steps. It's a situation that nobody wants but one that can easily be dealt with.
Everyone has guests come to visit from time to time. You always try to do the right thing and have the home ready to greet them but other times you are so rushed and crazy that you only have time for a few small attempts. It's not as hard as you may think to welcome your guests beyond the usual clean sheets & towels.
Add some fresh flowers. Yep, simple eh? A small vase on a night stand with a bouquet of flowers or a simple daisy in a bud vase. It adds life to your guest room, color and of course smells heavenly. Maybe move in a potted houseplants. So many houseplants are know for their air refreshing properties. Make it one that not only keeps the air clean but fragrant. This is so much easier than healthier than a plug in.
Keep an extra blanket and pillow in the guest room so that they have access to them at all times day or night.
Make sure the window opens and closes easily. Get the WD-40 out if necessary to eliminate squeaks. Stock the bathroom with travel size shampoos and soaps. I keep a tray full of travel sizes on the counter in the guest bath so that they can pick and choose as needed. I also keep a potted plant on the counter to add life, and cleansing properties.
Lastly, keep a few snacks in the fridge for grab and go's. String cheese, apples, deviled eggs, carrots ticks, berries. Put bowls of nuts on the table for snacking.
These are all just small easy things but they really do make a big impression. What better way to let your guest know how much they mean to you!
Everyone who has ever keep indoorpotted houseplants knows that many times they will attract bugs and it can become an constant battle. So much so that you just want to toss them out and start over every Spring. We'll here are a few tips that make the process of keeping your potted houseplants bug free from season to season.
Potted houseplant go into a dormancy period during Winter which means during this time they are more likely to pick up a pest. They are weaker and more vulnerable. So use caution during this time of year and be extra aware.
We recommend starting with clean flowerpots and new potting soil. Don't skimp on this initial stage it can make a big difference on your success later. Make sure your plants didn't bring home any bugs from the nursery or landscape center where purchased. Look on the underside of all leaves.
Make sure to keep checking them occasionally so you can catch any issues early. If you do find an issue, then isolate the pot for a week or so till you make sure it's deal with. If you do find a pest issue then there are many things you can do from rinsing them off and then washing the leaves to purchasing a product at your local nursery and landscape center. The main thing to take away from this is to catch any issues early.
Having lush potted houseplants indoors especially during the Winter months is easy to do if you apply a few of the suggestions above.