Has this dark, cool winter weather got you feeling a bit blue? Well, we can all agree that it tends to bring you down but here are a few easy things you can do that will help to bring you back up and boost your mood. Pot up some indoor blooms this time of winter and brighten up your home.
Pick up any women's magazine and you will see articles on Seasonal Affected Disorder. The winter blues are real. Studies from around the world have shown that indoor potted flowers promote relaxation and happiness. Why not try a few and see how you do because what have you got to lose?
Below are a few types that do extra well indoors in garden pots during the winter months. Everything from elegant types to houseplants are easy to pot and grow. These flowers can stay in a decorative container and look lovely when topped with decorative rocks, colorful pebbles, or deep green moss. All of these pot toppers not only look lovely but help to keep the soil damp and increase the indoor humidity around the plants.
Primroses - Perfectly lovely for a kitchen windowsill or bedroom table. These are so delicate and colorful which come in many colors. Potted primroses like bright light so this is not the time for a dark corner or room without windows.
Orchids - Very elegant and stunningly beautiful these are not the easiest indoor blooms to pot and grow but once you dive in and get your toes wet you will realize that they are not that hard either. They just look difficult and intimidating. Keep the roots drenched once a week and drain off the excess water. These make wonderful gifts.
Cyclamens - Star blossoms that come in lots of colors that will compliment the color of your indoor decor so have fun when selecting them. As with other types of houseplants they like damp soil but not wet water. Misting is also a great benefit.
Pretty flowerpots placed around your home during these stark winter months can really perk things up and bring on a happy mood.
Decorating the inside of your home with potted plants is just as important as decorating your patio, porch or patio areas. There are so many fun pottery pieces to try to put together and many of the benefit are not only appearance but function issues.
The best place to start is to decide on the type of houseplant you want to grow and pot. Then researching on line or talking with the customer service reps at your local nursery. You need to know a number of things. What kind of light, water, etc your potted plant is going to need. How large of a decorative garden container you will need to transplant it into and many other factors. Once you get this information on the type of potted plant that you think will meet your need you can then move on to selecting a planter.
Choosing a garden planter for a potted houseplant you just purchased from the local nursery is probably the most fun part of this process. Because the container will be indoors you can go with all kinds of materials, color and sizes.
Terra-cotta pots are always a good choice because the clay breathes and is considered healthy for a plants root systems. However you will need to put a waterproof saucer underneath to catch any water overflow while watering. A glazed colorful decorative planter is always fun since there are so many colors and styles to choose from. This is the time to match your planter to your interior decorating with complimentary colors and textures.
Make sure that any container you select has a drain hole so the plants roots are not sitting in standing water. This will cause them to rot which results in one dead potted houseplant. If you can find a glazed pot without a drain hole you can drop the nursery pot into the decorative container and that planter will act like a saucer and catch the water instead. Then you won't need a saucer.
Lastly, make sure you know where to place the indoor garden planter. That depends on how much sunlight it needs, can it handle being close to a heat register, should you place it by a window that may have a breeze coming thru it. All of these details will help with the health your potted houseplants will have. So, have fun using houseplants to decorate your home with. With a bit of planning you can much success for many years.
Everyone loves potted indoor plants. There are so many kinds of plants that do well indoors but today we are going to talk specifically about tropicals. Potted tropical plants are pretty easy to grow indoors and require little attention. When you would love to bring a touch of paradise to your home then give these potted indoor tropicals a chance.
Of course it bears repeating that if you have small children or pets in your home you need to research or contact your poison control center to make sure that the plants you pot and place in your home are safe.
Palms: Palms are stunning when potted and placed in your home. They range from small pygmy size to large impressive sizes that can fill out a empty corner where color, size, and some life is required. Potting them up in colorful planters will add that tropical touch that you may desire. We like the Miami Vice look of using monochrome planters like white or black with palms to create a contemporary and modern look. Potted palms like warm air but not drafts. They like moist soil but not sitting in water. Don't over water and keep in sunny spot.
Bird of Paradise: Talk about impressive! These plants are easy to grow and don't require a lot of fuss but boy are they elegant. With or without the colorful bird shaped flowers these plants have large fan like palms. Flat, wide leaves bring you back to Cleopatra days where they were used to fan the queen. Perfect to adding a deep green to your homes interior and a tropical feel to the decor. Make sure they have lots of light and space. You will need to repot yearly if you have space because they grow rapidly. Use a poly resin planter if you prefer to replant every other year. They are flexible and have some give that will let you extend the potted life of the plant.
Philodendron: These are pretty common as a potted indoor plant. When the plant gets larger the leaves turn into a split leaf saucer shape that is balancing on the stem. Just stunning! Warm without drafts, moist but not sitting water and misting every couple of days will keep these high humidity plants happy. Wipe the saucer leaves with warm water to keep free of dust and mites. You will have to transplant every other year so make sure you have the room. Since these are dark green with huge flat leaves, try using terracotta or tuscany clay planters. The clay will breathe creating a healthier environment for this potted palms root system.
So don't let the fact that you don't live in a tropical climate stop you from creating your own indoor potted paradise. Do your research, find the perfect spot. Pick our amazing potted to act like the foundation of your palms and give it a go.
Potted tropical plants are elegant,amazingly beautiful, large and impressive and will always add a sense of luxury and drama to your home.
If you have little furry cats around you house, then this post if for you. In Arizona it is dangerous to let you cats outside, so our cats are considered indoor animals. That means you have to be aware of any potted flowers or plants that you bring into the home. If you want to pot up some plants it is best to google it to see if they are toxic to cats or not.
When it comes to cats wanting to use your potted plants as a litter box we suggest you cover the top soil with pot shards, colored rocks or toothpicks. Anything works that the cats don't want to touch their feet and makes them uncomfortable.
Now we want to talk about the substance of this post and that is to create a indoor cat garden just for your little furry indoor friends. By planting things like cat grass you can cure their craving for greens. This gives them a chance to eat the leaves that are both healthy and tasty to them without any issues. But don't just pot up food, make it decorative and fun so that everyone not only the cats get to enjoy looking at it.
Here are some plants that we recommend. Cat grass, Catnip, Parsley, Mint & Rosemary all work great. Select a low bowl garden container so that the cats can reach the plants without having to climb or jump. Make sure the flowerpot is wide and low so that it can't be knocked over.
Top the soil with decorative rocks and little figurines to create a cute look that is both playful and functional. The rocks will keep the cats from using it as a litter box. Place the pot in a sunny window and keep the soil moist so that the herbs will grow and not dry out. Then stand back and watch your little ones gather and enjoy!
Everyone thinks caring for potted cactus indoors is easy to do. Basically that is true but it you want to make sure that they look as good as the day you purchased them, then you need to follow a few simple rules.
Watering - you probably think that since potted cacti is from the desert all you need to do is water once a week and it will be fine. But, what you may not know is that it's better to water your potted cactus every 3 to 5 weeks. They grow best when allowed to fully dry out between watering. During the summer while growing it's best to water every 3 weeks. In the winter when dormant go every 5 weeks. We know it sounds horrific but trust us it works.
Sunlight - Well of course they love full direct sunlight. A potted cactus can vary depending on the type of cacti but generally this is tried and true. If a cactus is turning yellow, or brown that means too much sun. If it is reaching out towards the sun then that means too little.
Potting soil - Shop your local nursery for the best soil for acactus in a flowerpot. They look loose soil that is fast draining. If you can't find it then mix some perlite into your soil so that it is not compact.
Containers - As you already know you don't need a deep container for a potted cactus. The root system is very shallow so a garden bowl or bonsai pot will work perfectly. Now that doesn't mean you can't go with a bit of style and use any size you wish. It just means you DON'T have to.
See now that doesn't sound so hard and is basically pretty simple. Pay attention to your area and where you have placed the potted cactus. You may need to experiment a bit on different locations but once you find the perfect spot your cactus will let you know.
When you vacation do you go to the tropics? Do you love the look and feel of a tropical location? Well how about potting up some palms to use indoors or outdoors at your own home! We know it sounds like it would be difficult especially if you live in a location that is not known for having a sunny location, but trust us if you follow a few simple steps even you can duplicate that tropical feel at home.
There are a lot of varieties of palms that are sold as houseplants in most home and garden center. You should be able to find what you are looking for. Basically they make great houseplants and can stand a bit of neglect but of course will grow their best if treated properly. Potted palms can last many years so make sure you get the style you desire to get the affect you require. And, remember that potted palms get large so plan on moving it outside during the summer months to enjoy on your patio.
All palms basically require the same things. Water, sun, fertilizer. Potted palms can tolerate being under watered but do best in a moist soil, especially during the summer months. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between watering and dry out a bit more in the winter. Be careful not to over water. That is the number one killer.
When it comes to sunlight palms can handle low light but prefer indirect light or some shade. If you put them out during the summer make sure to keep the potted palms in the shade. Soil should be made for potted palms not garden soil. It needs to include moss or vermiculite to keep it loose and porous. We suggest purchasing the soil from a garden center that is meant for a palm.
A garden planter should be large enough to hold the palm but since they don't like to be re-potted we recommend you get one a bit over sized. Remember that if they become root bound it is not a bad thing for a potted palm. Use fertilizer for potted palms and watch out for spider mites on the potted palm is indoors. Any brown spots you can trim off but this is not harmful to the plant it just looks unsightly.
A potted palm whether indoors our outdoors requires low maintenance and will last for many years. Now is the time to create that tropical look and feel that you yearn for and a potted palm is the easiest way to do so.
There is nothing on a cold winter days than the sight of garden bulbs blooming indoors. Not only are they lovely to look at but the fragrance is outstanding. So, here are a few tips to help you make this adventure a success.
When looking for bulbs to purchase make sure you get the correct one for indoor growing. They are called forced bulbs not standard. Forced bulbs have been through a process to ensure they will flower in mid winter.
Know in advance that they won't plant in a week once they are planted so plan ahead. Select a garden container for your bulbs. We recommend a shallow bulb pan, azalea pot or even a garden saucer if it's deep enough. The bulbs roots are not that big so they don't need a deep planter for success.
Keep in mind that wide planters are also best. You can group them together and create a wonderful display. Remember that even thought a mix color arrangement is lovely the bulbs may bloom at different times so it's best to stick with one color for forcing.
Get a good potting mix. Fill the planter and set the bulbs on the soil in the arrangement you desire. Fill around them but not over them. Keep them watered at all times. Place the flower pots in a dark cool place. A garage, shed, under a staircase, a basement. Or place a cardboard box over them so they stay dark. Check once a week and make sure they are watered.
After a few weeks you should see green shoots. Over the next few weeks these will grow longer. When it reaches 2" high its time to bring them indoors. Being exposed to warmth and sunlight will make them grow wonderfully. Display in a sunny window and the smell will surround you in wonder.
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.
Listed below are a few types of houseplants that can do double duty by coming indoors for Winter and moving outdoors for Summer. We fondly refer to them as Indoor-Outdoor Plants!
These double duty potted plants add a lively touch to your indoors during the Winter months. Bring them in and place in a sunny window and they will add a green, pleasing touch to your interior decor. When summer rolls around it's time to move them outdoors. This will encourage new growth and help keep the plants healthy and happy.
Listed below are the plants that will do best in this type of dual environment and they are diverse in color and styles. A few points to remember is to take care when watering. Once outside the soil tends to dry out faster so you will need to water more. Once you move the potted plants back indoors be sure to wash each plants leaves to remove pests.
Here is the list:
Ficus - They like large plant containers so there is plenty of room. Use a good potting mix and let the soil dry out between watering. Fertilize in Summer. Sometimes they may drop their leaves from the shock of moving but they should come back in a few weeks time once stable.
Ferns - So lovely and many different types. Plant in lightweight potting mix, keep soil moist not soggy. Mist leaves regularly especially when indoors. They like a humid atmosphere. Fertilize in Spring or Summer
Palms - When potted these plants are fetching with graceful fronds and long branches. Young palms do best indoors to start, and when more mature they can tolerate being outdoors during warmer weather. Use a large pot or planter since they tend to take up space. Lightweight potting soil is best.
Philodendron - The office potted plant of champions. Don't you see these everywhere? Well they are tough and have nice big heart shaped leaves that are awesome. Plant in a large planter to make sure they have room to grow. Bring indoors in Autumn. It likes the warm house and bright indirect light. When outdoors potted philodendron like a sheltered location from wind and direct sunlight.
Well we hope this entry gave you something to think about. Why not decorate indoors and outdoors using the same plants and garden planters. It saves money & time!
Are you tired of Winters harsh weather yet? Better not be because it just started. We have many more months of dreaming about our potted flowers & patio planters before they can come to life. So, in the mean time we have a quick & easy project that will bring a touch of Spring indoors.
Get a few terracotta garden planters. Of course we love our because they are not only available in many sizes but the clay is a stunning product that imports to us from Italy. Select a few sizes that will work great for planting indoor herbs. The look of one size of pot all lined up in the kitchen window is also very popular and pleasing!
Make sure the pots are clean and dry before painting. Coat each pot with white paint and let dry completely. Then using grit paper rub the areas on the pottery where you want the terracotta to show through. This gives the pots the distressed look we are going for. Rub the lips, the sides and around the base to create an interesting pot.
Now fill with potting soil and herbs purchased at your local nursery or garden center. Not only are these lovely but they smell so nice. Now you have your own European Distressed looking flowerpots but you have added a touch of Spring to your indoors.