Every fall millions of gardeners find themselves cleaning out their summer planters and replacing them with fall flowers and shrubs One of the most colorful, decorative and easy plants or flowers to grow are mums. You will find tons of colors to choose from at your local garden center or nursery. Orange, Reds, Yellow and more....all healthy and lovely waiting for you to take them home and create a fall display of color in your terracotta pottery or glazed garden planters.
Here are a few tips to help you to keep your pottted mums looking their best for as long as possible.
Select only potted mums that have deep green leaves and look healthy. No yellow or wilted leaves please and make sure the flower heads look moist and healthy. This is not the time to nurse back a dried look plant that has wilted. If you have a choice of wilted leaves and dried heads or nothing we recommend nothing. Don't waste your money on these sick mums.
Next realize that mums like lots of water. Keep the soil moist but don't let the plants roots sit in standing or over moist soil. This will encourage root rot and your potted plant will not survive. If you are re-potting into your decorative home and garden planters and pots please use new potting soil. Old or used soil can contain moss, mold and insets that can harm a healthy plant. Make sure the potting soil you use is well draining and meant for mums.
You can fertilize potted mums but it is not necessary. Deadhead any blooms that look spent and remove dried or wilted leaves when they happen. Mums will not survive a cold winter so expect them to look lovely all thru autumn up until winter.
When the weather cools and your garden containers look like they need a lift for fall, this is the time to pot up some colorful, flowering mums. Mix them up and tuck a few small pumpkin or gourds between the plants for a special touch.
Succulents are making a huge comeback right now. Everyone
wants them potted on their patio, porch and even indoor garden planters. The problem is you killed them in a few weeks
and you are not sure why. Here are a few
tips on what may have gone wrong.
them too much water: You are used to
watering your pottedflowers daily and even enjoy the process. But succulents are very different. They can get by with less water than a typical
houseplant and are more like a cactus.
The planters soil should be cool and damp to the touch but never
saturated or soggy. Sometimes itís even
easier to mist the soil instead of feeding it directly for best results.
The pot is way too small. Maybe you found a flowerpot that was super
cute and you thought it would look great with your succulent planted in
it. Just make sure there is room for the
roots to grow. Itís best to select a
garden potbased on the depth being twice as deep as the plant. Make the width three times as wide.
Is the drainage in the container? Planting succulents in cute containers like
tea cups or a cowboy boot are fun but if they donít have proper drainage the
plant will not survive.
Make sure the weather is warm enough. Donít place the clay planter in a drafty
window or out in cold weather. Keep them
in an area that is pretty consistent.
Make sure the planterssoil is rich enough. If not, then stir in some organic matter into
the mix. This way the potted succulents
get the feed they need in order to be healthy.
These are just a few tips but they are very
Nothing is better than the fresh, sweet flavor of home-grown
fruit and berries. Even though not all
fruit can grow well in the space of a garden planter, many do really well.
When it comes to selecting the size of
planter to use, we go back to the old saying, the bigger planter the
better. You need room for the root
system to be able to prevent the plant from becoming root bound. Eventually all fruit trees or berry bushes
will need to be transplanted into the ground.
Many fruit trees are naturally small and perfect for a
garden planter. Dwarf varieties are your
best bet. Now is the time to select the container. You pretty much can go with any material of
flowerpots. Clay, Ceramic, Concrete,
Glazed, Lightweight Poly Resin or High Fired Clay will all work. Like we already said, make sure they are
large enough and have drain holes. You
do not want the plants roots to sit in standing water. Place the pots where they will be located
before planting because of the weight.
For the most successful crop, take care to give yourpotted plants
sufficient water and fertilizer. Keep
soil in the clay garden pots moist and never let it dry out completely. Apply a fertilizer as directed. With exceptions, most kinds of fruit and
berries need at least 6 hrs of sunshine a day to set, ripen and sweeten the
Plant bare root blueberries, strawberries, dwarf citrus like
apple, pear, lemon, peach & apricot.
All work really well in garden containers, ceramic garden pottery and
garden clay pots.
You would think that growing a potted cactus is super simple. We mean like how hard can it be, right? Stick a cactus in some soil and all done. Well unfortunately that is not the case. Even though potted cactus is rather easy to grow and virtually maintenance free, you still need to know a few things to make sure you have success.
Several hours of sunlight each day and well draining soil are vital for a cactus to thrive. There are several varieties available to grow indoors potted which can add beauty to any windowsill with a lot of work.
Select the planter. Shallow and wide is best since they have short roots. We like garden bowls and bulb pans. Make sure the pot has drain holes. Cactus don't like sitting in standing water. If your pot doesn't have a drain hole then they need to be drilled.
Purchase potting soil for cactus or succulents. They have gravel or sand in them to help with draining and nitrogen and phosphorus for indoor growing.
The best varieties for indoor planted cactus are Prickly Pear, Rose Pincushion, Euphorbia dn Rebuita.
Place the cactus in the pot semi filled with soil. Wrap it with paper towel or wear garden gloves. Once placed then fill the remainder of the pot with soil. Place a layer of gravel or sand on top and around the base of the cactus.
Put the planter in a sunny warm location like a window where it can get 4 to 6 hours of sunlight daily. Water as needed around once a month. Fertilize once or twice a year using houseplant food for cactus.
Not to difficult. Remember DO NOT OVER WATER. And, there you go!
You love the thought of potting herbs to put into your kitchen so that you will have them to cook with. But, hereís another reason to have herbs in flowerpots indoors & nearby. They naturally purify the air!
Here is a collection of potted herbs that help with indoor pollution, bad odors and help to lower the carbon dioxide around your home naturally. Some will help to repel flies in the kitchen like basil and none will grow too tall if you use smallish sized clay pots.
Rosemary: You all know how great it is to cook with. The needle like leaves when chopped are perfect for cooking or a tea. But did you know that besides itís pleasant aroma a potted bunch of rosemary, purifies humid winter air! Rosemary breathes carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. Some of the essential oils will exhale into the air so you donít even need to cook with it.
Basil: A pot full of basil gives off a rich aroma. It will also reduce the carbon dioxide in a room besides repelling flies in the kitchen. It has a wonderful peppery taste that is used in Italian dishes. Pinch off leaves when cooking to add a wonderful fresh taste to a savory dish. The aroma it gives off is heavenly.
Mint: Ok we all know this makes a wonderful hot tea for winter. A flowerpot full of fresh mint makes the air easier to breathe if you have a cold. It has a wonderful soothing aroma. You will rest easier at night with a small pot of mint next to your bed.
Jasmine: Perfect for tea but also when potted and placed around the house will fill the home with fragrance along with purifying the air. A perfect combination! It is an inexpensive for of air freshener and all natural.
So, think about these wonderful herbs when you are looking for air purifiers for around your home. Indoor this time of year in colorful or traditional little pots is easy, perfect & complimentary!
Have you ever thought
about growing your own food in garden planters? Well don't be afraid
because it's easy to do and tons of fun. Here are a few tips to help!
We know, we know, everyone thinks gardening is
very difficult to do and takes tons of time, but we are here to tell you that
it's simply not true. Nothing comes without a bit of effort but what
you reap from growing your own food in planter pottery will far outweigh the
time and effort you have to invest. Think of it this way. How
much money do you spend at the grocery store? Do you know where the
food is coming from and what maybe in the soil that the food was grown
in? This is a major concern for fruits and vegetables grown in other
countries. Who has handled your food and what kind of pesticides were
used! All good questions!
So, we have you convinced
at this point! Good Deal!!! Now you are asking yourself, Why,
should I plant in pottery? Good question! Well, we are here
to tell you there are many advantages to using a container to plant into
instead of planting directly into the ground. First and foremost, it's
easier. Isn't that what everyone wants to hear? Well, in this
case it's true. Everyone young and old, fit or not so fit, handicapped
or healthy can plant in containers. If you live in an apartment or high
rise, houseboat or beach house, small house or large home, everyone can plant
into a garden container.
Maybe you have a home
with tons of shade or a patio that only gets sun certain times of the
day. You can move your garden pottery around easily with a pot lifter
or a pot caddy. You get to pick the potting soil to make sure that what
you plant will be success. If you have a small, space you want to
decorate instead of a huge patio than containers are the way to go. So,
here are the basic tips.
1. Drain holes
are best for plants. Use a saucer if you need too.
2. Make sure the
pot is large enough to handle the plants root system you will be growing.
3. Do you want
terracotta clay because it breathes and is best for plants or concrete
planters for durability?
4. Lastly, have
fun and select the look, colors, finishes that best meet your needs.
Container gardening is
fun, and with a few small considerations you will have a great time for a
little effort and price!
Key points to help with indoor potted plants like succulents, anthuriums and peace lilies.
Succulents store water in their fleshy stems and leaves. Water sparingly and make sure the garden pots drain well or the plants will rots if their roots are sitting in standing water. Use shallow containers since the root systems are shallow.
Of course they are going to like a nice sunny window but you need to make sure that there are no drafts in the winter time or you might as well have them sitting outside. Use a well draining potting mix and top the pot with small stones or pebbles. Water every one or two WEEKS making sure the soil dries out completely between watering. When it comes to fertilizer use a liquid plant food and follow instructions.
Native to the American Tropics, Anthuriums combine glossy deep green leaves with bright red blooms. No flowers last longer indoors and can last up to 3 months from the time they open. Seen mostly in the Hawaiian Isles and tropics these plants are easy to grow if you give them bright light but not direct sunlight. Well draining pot soil helps and you should let them get slightly dry between watering. Dead head old flowers and keep them away from drafty windows and color areas.
Peace lilies are great indoors. they like low light and are made up of dark green leaves and showy white blooms. They also keep the air inside pure. Some varieties grow large and other stay small so be sure and talk to your nursery person. They like bright indirect light and if the leaves get into direct sunlight they can burn. Feed ever two weeks during growing time and water a couple time a year. Plant in a good size planterso that you won't have to repot the roots every year. You can also place smaller ones on a table indoors.
This time of year when you look out your window do you see nothing but gray? Arizona Pottery has a few suggestions for you where you can pot some plants that will take your boring to "fiery". It's as simple as planting the right stuff. By potting some orange leaves, red smokin flowers and mixing in a few berries, you can create garden planters that will ignite your garden or patio area this autumn.
If you are just a bit tired or want an easy way to set the area on fire then start with the easiest most radiant flowers. Mums in reds and oranges, marigolds which always look stunning this time of year, salvias and herbs smell good and add intense colors to any display. Take a simple garden pot like terracotta and set it on fire with an intense burst of color from any of these types of plants & flowers.
Want something a bit more dramatic? Try lion's tail it will grow very tall and burst with orange blooms that are great for attracting hummingbirds, and butterflies. To really burst on the scene with color start with a colorful red, orange, copper or rust garden planter and then fill it with deep intense greens. Very ornamental in nature.
Think berries would be fun? There are many types of trees and shrubs that offer fall and winter berries that are brightly lit. The crab apple is really easy and hard to kill. Make sure it's disease resistant and you will be richly rewarded with color from spring thru winter. How about trying to grow some vibrant leaves for decorating with. Of course Maple are the easy choice. Their stunning red and orange leaves are lacy, poetic and radiant in garden pottery. Make sure you find the size that is easy to pot and you will be rewarded with blazing color.
The next time you look out your garden window and see nothing but gray, that is the time to start planning on potting up a few of the suggestions we made and see if you can turn that into a blazing garden of color.
Tall Italian cypress or willowy weeping birch, lacy Japanese maple, or fragrant sweet bay - trees bring natural grace wherever they grow. Container trees modest in height, yet still tall enough to look dramatic, can enhance even the smallest entryway, patio or balcony.
Decked out in green all year long, potted conifers and other evergreens create a lush background for blooming annuals and perennials. Many deciduous trees stage seasonal spectacles worth showing off to friends.
Blazing with color in autumn and elegantly bare branched in winter, they burst into bloom come spring, then spend the summer in leaf. Trees bring more than good looks to their surroundings, they help to shelter the places where they grow.
With proper care most slow growing small trees will prosper in large containers for years. Make sure your choose a container that is large enough for your tree. Any container - no matter how large - slows a trees growth and limits the height it can achieve. For example a tree that grows 30 feet may only grow 8 to 10 feet in a garden pot.
The best time to plant a tree is early autumn. Most trees perform best in a mix of one part garden loam to tow parts potting soil mix. Keep soil slightly on the dry side, but deep water. Apply fertilizer once in spring and once again in summer.
During the first years, even a small tree may be top heavy. Use a stake to help for support. Most garden containers can be used for tree potting. We like a durable pot like ceramic, concrete or poly resin instead of a pot like terracotta that will break down over time. Try to choose the largest you can handle so that you don't have to worry about transplanting for a couple of year.
Below are a suggestion of some trees that we like and work well in containers.
Combining veggies and flowers is a creative way to enhance certain plants to each other visually and culturally. It also is convenient since it doesn't take scientific talent to achieve. Experiment with what you like and find out what works. We have a few tips to help when choosing which items to pot together but you need to try things that you like and see what you can grow successfully.
Harvesting these combinations is fun and interesting but you can also plant combinations for decoration. Dried pods work great with beautiful floral wreaths or table arrangements. Use dried sunflower heads in arrangements of colorful vegetables and flowers. Select colorful planters that compliment the combinations or go with traditional terracotta clay for the earth loving feel.
As always, the main idea is to have fun being creative and use combinations you like.
Marigolds with tomatoes: Strong scented marigolds repel insects and help tomatoes grow more productively. Grown beneath tomatoes, marigolds also suppress weeds from growing out the top of your planter. Morning glories attract hoverflies, which feed on aphids, thus keeping the pests away from corn. Plant is colorful containers that accent the red of the tomato or the gold of the marigolds. Nice!
Nasturtiums repel squash bugs and other insects that attack cabbage, cucumbers and squash. Members of the chive, garlic and onion family protect their companions from insects and deter rabbits from eating the flowers.