Yep, we can honestly say we LOVE terra-cotta garden planters! When Arizona Pottery first started that is all we sold. Nothing but real clay garden pottery and some accessories. They were and still are the basis of our business. You may ask yourself why do we love terracotta planters so much? Well, let us explain.
Plant Health - Terracotta breathes. This means the clay, which is real and harvested out of the ground is not so compact that it lets air thru it. This also means water will saturate the pot and seep. A plants roots like good air circulation and clay flowerpots are know for being healthy. Once you use real clay you will find that your houseplants will perform better.
Watering - Since a clay pot is porous it will keep water from sitting in the bottom of the pot, soaking the roots and possibly drowning them. The water will seep into the clay and dissipate. Unfortunately if you have chemicals in the soil or water they will show up on the sides of the pot as a white calcium line.
Beauty - Because real terracotta pottery is porous it will start to age and show it's wear. Many folks really like this and will even take steps to age their clay containers by applying yogurt or milk to the outside of the clay pot. Everyone has a different idea of what beauty is but we love the aged, rustic look of terra-cotta pots and planters.
Selection - Arizona Pottery imports real clay flower pots from Italy, China, Mexico and Vietnam. Each factory uses their own clay mix or will harvest the clay out of the ground using their own firing process. Some clays are smooth and silky like the Italian, while the Mexican clay is dark and very porous. So porous and heavy that it will start to break down the first year of use. We love the old traditional styles of Rolled Rim Garden Planters as well some of the newer more contemporary styles. There is always something to choose from.
Many Uses - Yes real clay garden pottery will break but that doesn't mean you should toss them. You can re-purpose them into pot shards to fill the bottom of your larger containers. The terracotta shards will shield the drain hole and keep soil from plugging it up. You can stack large pieces into pots and create a fairy garden or elf shelf. Don't toss those broken pieces.... think outside the box and have fun with them.
So those are a few of the reasons why we love our terracotta home and garden planters so much. If you wish to share your thoughts we would love to hear them.
As the years go by you find yourself collecting more and more garden planters. Many of them are very expensive or just ones that you love very much. So of course you want to protect them from Winters cold and damage. Here are a few tips that may help ease your discomfort.
Before anything you need to clean them out and clean them up. Of course this is only for garden pottery that is empty and being stored. Start by dumping the soil into a compost pile or recycle can. You will not be using it again so it has to go. You do not want to pass on any bugs, mold or fungus that may be growing in the soil so get rid of it and start fresh next season.
Use a wire or stiff bristle brush to scrub off any chunks of soil that are sticking to the insideof the flowerpot. Then mix a bucket of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water. Now scrub the inside with the bleach mix to disinfect the pot and make sure any thing that may be still attached to the insides are killed or removed. Let the pots dry completely before storing them in the garage or shed.
Ideally all garden pottery and planters should be stored indoors over the winter months. May planters are frost resistant but not frost proof. This means they can handle light frost but not freezing weather. If there is standing water from rain or drip system in the soil and the soil freezes, the water will expand and crack the planter.
If you are leaving the empty planters outdoors, try flipping them over and use bricks, pot feet or wood to keep them off the ground. You can cover the empty containers with a large garbage bag to keep the water off or cover with burlap wrap. If you can't flip them then just fill them with hay or mulch to protect them from the water and cold.
If you can't move the garden planters and need to keep them planted then you need to top the pots with mulch to keep the water out and the roots from freezing. We like wrapping the planter with burlap and string to help. Plastic bubble wrap works etc. We know it's not the most beautiful look but if it saves your planters from cracking it's well worth it.
The only exception for all the above information is a terra cotta flower pot. Terra cotta is porous and absorbs water like a sponge. This is healthy for the plants but obviously bad for freezing water conditions. If you can't bring them in, get the pots off the ground, wrap in a waterproof bag or tarp and move them under a roof eave so water doesn't directly hit them. If you can't do any of that then at least lay down a thick layer of mulch or hay to protect the top soil.
Hope this helps and you find some of these tips for protecting your garden planters from freezing during Winter work.
Using fake succulents to make a garden container is not only smart but economical. Not only do the new faux succulents you can get at craft stores look real but they come in a huge variety. Not all garden centers carry the vast variety that you can find in faux. And yes, they really do look real.
First select a garden container. We like a large garden bowl or bulb pan. The width allows for a larger variety of plants spread out instead of them all piled up on each other. Once you decide on the planter, cut a piece of styro foam to fit inside and approx half way up the planter. Use glue to attached it to the bottom of the planter. You may need to criss cross the top of the foam with clean tape attaching the tape to the sides of the planters. No body will see these when you are done.
Next cover the foam and tape with moss. Bags of dried moss are available at all craft shots. Just tuck it around the foam and fill in the gaps with it making sure that no foam is showing. If the planter is going to sit on a patio table or coffee table we recommend placing the succulents first in the foam then covering the foam with small decorative rocks. This will allow for rain run off to drain properly.
Start with the large faux succulents and place them in the middle and one one each side. Press them into the foam once, do not keep making the holes bigger, just one good punch thru and it should be the height you desire. Now place med fake succulents ending up with the smallest size. Use these to fill in around the sides of the garden planter. Add a string of pearls to drape over the side. Make sure to work on all sides and you fill in.
If the potted container will be where wind can get to it we recommend you use a craft glue to glue the stems of the faux succulents once punched thru. If you are using moss then lay down a bead of glue first and press the moss down firmly on top of it. End with any decorative touches. A raffia bow, garden rocks, flower picks.
Let's say you have limited growing space. Maybe you live in an apartment or condo and you have always wanted to grow beautiful smelling roses. You have never had the yard or garden area to grow them and wish you could. Well, potted rose bushes are easy to do and once and for all you will have your mini sweet smelling rose garden.
Roses are very diverse with many varieties. Many of them can withstand cold temps as well and warmer temps. When purchasing your rose bushes to pot read the tags or talk with the local nursery to find the ones that are best for you area. A favorite for potting is miniature roses. They are easy to grow and are perfect for small rectangle garden planters on a terrace or balcony. They usually don't grow more than 18" high so they will work everywhere.
If you tend to lean toward the exotic, they are hybrid teas that pot up nicely. They have long, straight, sturdy stems and look lovely when planted in a colorful garden planter or pot. These rose are popular because of their large blooms. If you prefer a more bushy rose bush then we recommend Patio roses. They are compact and really like to be potted in your garden container.
When selecting a garden container try to go a bit bigger than you thought. Some roses need deep planters because they have a hardy root system. The mini varieties not so much. When selecting the container make sure there is some room to grow so that you don't have to re-pot in one season. Make sure it has a drain hole. You do not want these roots to sit in water. If they do they will rot. You need well draining potting soil specifically for roses if you can find it. If you buy the rose bare root, pre-soak them for a couple of hours in a bucket of water to loosen them up and make them adaptable.
See how easy that is! Now you can select some beautiful garden containers and planters in colors and styles that you adore. Fill them with the type or roses you desire and create that rose garden you have always wanted.
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.
We have talked about container garden tips in the past but we still seem to come up with more that we would like to share. Hope you find some useful here.
Give potted plants the conditions they need. Assess the site for your contained garden as you would for an in ground planting. Does the area get full sun, filtered shade or deep shade? Choose plants accordingly. Is the area sheltered or exposed to lots of wind? If it's exposed, you will need to install a trellis, windbreak, or other protection before placing your garden planters there.
Use foliage plants lavishly. They add structure and form to the area and are a good foil for flower displays. They also create a point of interest in shade, especially when you use glossy leaves to catch the light, or ones with white and yellow markings.
Choose containers to match the style of your home. One a Mediterranean terrace you can use terracotta tuscany style pots and use bright colored pottery with glossy finishes in front of a Cape Cod that needs a little boost of something. Don't mix to many pots but stick to a theme.
Indoor pots can easily match your decorating style. Shiny, matte, colorful or plain clay - there are so many options to choose from that will blend in an add character to your indoor needs.
Pay attention to watering. Containers that dry out fast, especially in hot, windy weather. If you have many pots, make it easy by trying some of the following devices:
A. A Hose end nozzle with an off-on lever allows you to turn off the water between containers.
B. Long handled watering wands attach to garden hoses to extend your reach.
C. Garden coils - self retracting hoses also extend reach and take up little space.
D. Drip irrigation delivers water to individual containers and is easy to install with times.
Potted plants are magicians. They can turn hardscape into landscape. Pots filled with greenery and flowers soften the hard edges or a patio or deck. They also create the feel of a garden where there is no earth to plant one. Plants in pots contribute gentle textures, graceful movement, delicious scents, and seasonal changes.
They lure butterflies, hummingbirds, and other welcome visitors In short, they can add life to urban outdoor spaces. Best of all, because container plantings are portable, you can make little changes at any time without disturbing the whole scene.
We have been importing Mexican garden planters for over 17 years. While the clay is heavy, very dark and considered porous it is still in high demand because of it's unique designs & original styles.
The Mexican clay pottery that we import have very distinctive designs. It's very rough, porous and many times lined with a black tar product, that helps to prolong the life of the clay. Each design is usually hand made and so each one is slightly different. One thing we can say is unless the outside of the planter is sealed with a water proof product the clay will break down from water and sun exposure.
These planters are not made to last and will start to deteriorate after a season of use. Our terracotta sealer will not waterproof the pot but it will help to prolong the life of the clay by laying down a barrier of protection. Just brush it on and let it dry.
Many of the styles, like garden hose containers, strawberry jars, pocket pots and animal planters have been standards in the industry for years and continue to be good sellers. These same patterns and styles are not being produced by other suppliers.
When it comes to price point, Mexican terracotta can't be beat. It is very inexpensive because it is easy to make, the clay is a powder product and it's fired in wood burning kilns instead of gas. Since the durability factor is poor we recommend using them with perennials and annuals flowers that will last only one season.
Good designs, unique styles and easy ability make these garden planters good sellers.
Do you own a pool that is lacking in landscaping? Do you have a table and chairs or maybe a lounger or two. Is the one thing missing is some potted plants, trees or sweet smelling flowers? Here are few tips that may help you make some decisions.
When it comes to most pool decks flowers or potted plants are some of the last items to add. Yet they shouldn't be. They add so much for a minimal expense. Fragrance from flowers, fruit trees or bushes, color from bold green evergreens, or a rainbow of color from blooming plants and flowers. If you organize it right by following a few of these tips you will add so much warmth to the deck, softness to the view and a lovely frame for the pool itself.
Needing more privacy? Add tall potted trees or plants on the side you want to block. Space large planters evenly and fill with trees that will have height and width. Just make sure the planters are large enough so that you don't have to re-pot every year. We like the look of tall grasses. They add interest and are perfect for blocking areas behind them.
Place some large colorful garden planters around the deck next to a table and chairs. Plant with sweet smelling flowers so that you can enjoy the fragrance. Add some trailing ivy or vinca to the edge of the planter so that you have some green falling over the sides that will add some depth to the design. Make sure the flowers are one's you can control and they won't be dropping petals all over the pool.
We also like to see potted plants that will repel mosquitoes. Obviously this will help when sitting outside after sunset. Adding a layer of color to the pool will really compliment the trees & plants you may add. If you decide you don't want anything that blooms and drops petals then use colorful glazed planters and fill with succulents, cactus, grasses and evergreens. That way you will have lots of color but no debris issues.
Lastly, make sure you don't pot a type of plant that will drop debris that could stain a deck, clog a pool drain, attract bees or has thorns that kids could come in contact with. Nothing is worse than creating a bigger mess than if you just left the deck bare. So choose wisely, get creative and have fun. Having a beautiful landscaped pool deck or area is only a few tips away!
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.
Have you ever seen a hanging flower pot over flowing with colorful flowers that you didn't just love? They are some of the most stunning and decorative flower pots you can display.
There are many types of hanging baskets & planters that you can purchase from your local nursery or right here at Arizona Pottery. We sell a poly resin light weight garden bowl that is durable, comes in 32 colors, hangs from a tri-chain and is available in 5 large sizes. You can create a nice display or go with our huge size and create a display that can't be rivaled by anyone else. At 25" round this baby is huge.
Because our light weight hanging pots are custom made for you, you get to decide if you want a drain hole or not. This is good for deciding on where the pot will hang. Do you want it draining over a patio chair. Probably not. So we give you a choice.
After you decide on what container you are going to use, it's time to think about potting soil & water needs. Purchase a nice potting soil meant for flowers. This way you will have the best chance of a colorful display. When it comes to water, make sure you keep the soil moist but not damp. So you will need to water every day. Since the pot is hanging, the circulating air will cause the soil to dry out faster than a normal garden pot.
Then select the types of flowers, bulbs, trailing ivies, succulents, cactus or evergreens that you want to display. We suggest mixing them up to create a greater effect. Plant one hanging planter with all colorful flowers, another with a lush green fern and so on. Try to plant the center first and move around to the outside of the pottery. Try a small palm in the center shooting up, surround with colorful flowers and end the outside with trailing vines.
Now pick where they will hang. Off a wall, on a fence post, along the railing on a porch. Place there where they can get some sunlight and if you have drain holes where they won't drain onto a chaise or chair. If you have a seating area on your patio try placing them around the outer edge so people are hitting their heads on them or the planters aren't draining where people will walk and possibly slip.
It sounds like a lot to remember but the main point is to create something wonderful. Lots of color, fragrance & visual beauty! You will not regret adding a couple of hanging planters to your garden pottery display. Good Luck!