Have you ever tried to propagate a plant? How about a succulent? Everyone knows that it's easy to propagate a plant during summer. All you have to do is stick a leaf cutting in dirt and walk away. When it comes to succulents in many cases just a dropped leaf will root themselves in dirt without any help from you.
However, to propagate during winter takes a few more steps. It's different not difficult. If you have a window ledge next to a south facing window where succulents leaves can be placed. It's a cold spot that gets sun and moisture from condensation on the window. Just lay them on the sill
After a few weeks they leaves will start to put out new growth and the roots become fuller. These cuttings didn't get any special care. If for some reason you want them to root faster, try dipping the cut end into rooting hormone before putting it by the window.
Finally when it comes to taking cuttings from succulents it's really esy. Carefully break or cut off a piece of the leaf or stem and there you go.
You just hit the local nursery and you now find yourself at home staring at some plants, soil and a garden planter. Now what to do to assure you have the best display in your container?
Start with the basics. Make sure you garden planter has a drain hole. If it doesn't you will need to have the pot drilled. Don't skip this set but it's really important that water drain off and not sit in the bottom of the pottery. Next make sure you have some good potting soil. This really is important. You don't want to use soil from the ground. This simply will not be a healthy start to your new plants and it will inhibit the growth
Now design. Well here is the big tip - Make sure you have a thriller, spiller and filler. Sounds simple enough right! The thriller is the main, eye catching plant. It usually has some height to it like a grass or spiky plant. You want it shooting out of the garden planter and looking dramatic.
Now what is a spiller? Well this is the plant that will drape down the side of the garden planter or yard container. Like a vinica, or ivy. It will spill out over the top of the planter and add interest and depth. You don't not want all your flowering plants and grasses to be just on the top layer. Add some length and another level.
Lastly is the filler. These are the colorful flowers you want to plant that will fill out the pot and give it a dome shape. Geraniums are a great choice along with marigolds and verbenas. They last, have lots of color and will fill out your garden planter beautifully.
Once you make sure you have all 3 pieces of the container puzzle it's really easy to do. Plant the thriller in the center of the pot. The fillers around the middle pot and the spillers around the outer edge of the container. As they grow they will blend beautifully and give you the more stunning flower pot display.
Place on a patio, porch or in a garden area where it can be admired for many months. Good luck!
Getting a head start on your garden with seeds Just Makes Cents.
As the economy sputters, you may find the idea of starting plants from seeds taking root. But, then you might wonder if it's too complicated or difficult. Not to fear - seed starting is amazingly easy, consumes little time, energy and money and brings you a whole new level of gardening enjoyment.
First make wise choices: As you page thru a seed catalog, make a wish list. Pay attention to two important dates. Your last spring frost and days to maturity. Start seeds too early, and you will have unwieldy seedlings indoors too long. Start to late, and your plants may produce flowers later than usual, making them more vulnerable to summer's heat or early frost.
Create a spot for seedlings: Seed companies get busy in early spring and fill orders on a first come basis, so order early for the best selection. While you await their arrival do some basic prep work.
Find a room to grow in - if you don't have a greenhouse find a room indoors that is warm and free of drafts. A basement, sun porch or spare room are good options. Even the top of the fridge is a great place.
Provide sufficient light. Seedlings require 12 to 16 hrs a day. Sunlight from a window is not ideal because it is limited in late winter and early spring. Instead us artificial light. Grow lights are best and use a time.
When seeds arrive, plant them. Begin with a damp sterile seed starting mix. Fill containers 2/3 full. Tamp down to surface level and identify. Read packet for instructions. Don't over sow. To many seeds produce a forest that is too thick for easy thinning.
Cover with plastic to hold in warmth. Check daily. It usually takes a week or two for the first little leaves to emerge. When they sprout two sets of true leaves it is time to move to more space. Don't pull them. Carefully pull apart. Place in a small clay flowerpot and fill with more sterile soil. Move back under the grow lights.
You will know when to move them outside depending on the weather.
We saw this DIY project on how to make a tiered planter from terracotta saucers and had to share it here. Because the instructions are a bit detailed, not complicated we will share a link below on the complete instruction sheet.
When you entertain in your home and are always looking for new and clever ideas, we think this one will fill your need. By taking a few clay saucers and some nuts and bolts you can create this multi tiered pot stand. Placed in the center of a dining room table, on a buffet table or a garden table it is stunning and commanding.
Place some plants potted in terracotta on the stand and create different looks to compliment the different seasons. Use this for Halloween and fill the pots with treats, use as a cupcake stand, and during Christmas fill the pots with candy canes and red & white plants. Stunning!
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.
Nothing is more lovely than aged terracotta flowerpots. But sometimes you just don't have the time to wait for it to happen naturally. Here are a few tips that will help speed along the process.
Start by locating a few handfuls of live moss. Most local nursery or landscape companies will have live moss to sell. Put it in a blender with 1 cup of buttermilk and 1 cup of water. Blend till it looks like a brown milkshake. It will smell kind of bad but just ignore that. Now take a artist brush and paint this mixture onto the clay flowerpots that you want to have covered with moss.
From small to extra large, this formula will work on all real clay garden planters. Even if the mix is chunky that is fine. Those chunks will turn green in 24 hrs. Lastly, mist the outside once a day to keep the moss growing. Just make sure that you plant something that can handle daily watering.
That's it. Not much to do and the final effect is stunning.
As we all know most plants will eventually get root bound when grown in a garden planter. As a plant grows it's roots want to shoot out and expand. Eventually they will become intertwined, yearning to break free. Here are a few tips to help with succulents.
Turn the succulent over in your hand and gently loosen from the pot that it is root bound in. Carefully try to spread the roots a bit so that they are moveable and not bound together in a tight ball. Take the pottingsoil for the new larger planterand mix it with 1/3 sand. Succulents are desert dwellers so good draining soil is a must.
Once the succulents have been re-potted do NOT water. Wait a week before the first watering. This will give them time to adjust to the new pot and soil. Then water like once a month. It's tempting to over water but trust us they do not like it. Just make sure that the pot is placed in an area where there is lots of sunshine. If indoors put them on a windowsill. Outside move to a sunny area.
The main goal here is to let them have lots of room to grow, don't over water and place in a sunny window or area. Sounds simple so let us know how you do!
You would think that potting up some recently purchased succulents would be super easy and it basically is. But, if you want to make certain that you are starting off the most successful way then read below for easy but foolproof tips.
The first thing you want to do is get all your supplies together. Collect your container that you are going to use. It's doesn't have to be deep because a succulent has a short root system. So, this is a great place to use a garden bowl or even bonsai planter. The more succulents you plant on planting the wider the garden bowl should be. Make sure they aren't going to be cramped together. Then select the succulents, get succulent potting soil and some pot filler & pot topper.
Now is the time to place a small piece of pot filler in the bottom of the garden bowl. This will keep the soil from coming out of the drain hole but let's the water drain thru. Then fill the pot almost to the top with succulent soil, but leave room at the top for roots and to add more soil once you place your succulent.
Remove your succulent carefully from the nursery pot being careful not to damage the roots. Place it in the pot and tuck the roots into the soil slightly. Now is time to top off the pot and make sure the plant is covered with soil but no leaves are buried. Press down slightly to make sure it stays in place.
Once done planting all the succulents, then top dress the pot. This not only gives the pot a decorative and finished look but it helps protect the roots from wind and sun. Use a bright colored rock or something clever like aquarium rocks. Now is where you really have fun.
Leave for a couple of days before watering to let the roots rest before they start soaking up water. Easy Peasy and So much Fun!
The guys from thehorticult.com came up with a great DIY project that we had to share.
It shows how to take plain, simple, clay flowerpots and turn them into the most wonderful vertical garden. One that you can use anywhere. On a balcony, in the garden, next to a kitchen door with potted herbs, or next to your BBQ with herbs. This project is so wonderful we can't praise it enough.
Think of all the places you can hang these flowerpots that will give you a privacy screen, decorate a blank garden or patio wall or add height to a low planted garden.
So, get your clay flowerpots from us at Arizona Pottery, read thru this tutorial and good luck. We know once you start with a few pots you will be find yourself using this idea all over your yard or garden areas.
Did you know you could grow a pineapple bush from the top of a pineapple? Believe it or not it's becoming more popular. Since we can still find whole pineapples in the store with the tops still attached it's a easy project to take on.
Here are some basic steps.
Cut the top off a pineapple and remove all the fruit. If you leave any fruit on the top it will rot the top and this will not work.
Remove the bottom 1 1/2" of leaves. the stalk with root but the leaves will rot.
Dry the top of the pineapple for two days until a callous forms. Depending on the humidity this could be as short as a day or as long as a week. Do this in a cool and dry place. If you skip this step the stalk will rot.
Dip the stalk end in water and then into rooting hormone. This makes rooting faster.
Lay the stalk in a clay flowerpot of fast draining potting soil so that only part of the stalk is touching the soil. Do NOT put the entire stalk in the soil. (This means do not plant the stalk in a vertical position. If you do this then it is highly likely the stalk will rot. If you live in a dry climate like Arizona, then put the pot and stalk in a plastic bag to conserve moisture.)
Mist frequently to keep the soil moist but not wet. Roots on your pineapple bush should appear in 2 to 3 weeks.
Once roots appear, re-pot the pineapple in a vertical position into a fast growing potting soil.
Remember pineapples are actually bromeliads. Hence they like tropical conditions. High light, constant humidity and constant lite fertilizer in the summer time.
In 2 to 3 years, your pineapple bush will grow another pineapple. In order to pick a few fruits each year just replace the picked pineapple, with its top and the cycle will continue.