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Start the New Year Fresh



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What's not to love?  It's a brand new year with brand new goals.  Do any of those included gardening?  We certainly hope so. January is the goal setting month and now is the perfect time to dig right in.  As always the winter months turn your garden and patio into a stark area full of colorless flowers and spent blooms.  Take a look at it again.  Look at your garden and patio again.

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How did your potted garden planters do last year?  Did the flowers, or evergreens you planted last all season, did you like the way they looked?  Now is the time to look to the past to assess for the future.  Do you think your planters could use some new potting soil?  If so then replace it.  There is nothing that will kill a wonderful potted garden pot faster than old, nutrient depleted potting mix.

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How do your garden pottery look?  Are you concrete planters chipped or the terracotta clay garden bowls and pots starting to wear?  Now would be a good time to research new planters.  There are great lightweight pots that will last a lifetime, new sandstone designs and colors.  How about a colorful glazed cigar jar or piece of pottery that looks like artwork?

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Then think about what you will plant this year.  More of the same because you had such great success with the plant materials and the pottery look that you have used in the past?  Great then go for it!

Need to upgrade?  Well you know where to look.  At ArizonaPottery.com we strive to find unique and well made pottery planters and pot accessories that we believe will help you create a backyard oasis for as inexpensively as possible.

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Lastly, check our your garden tools, hand gloves, garbage bags etc.  There is nothing worse then getting into a new season or planting and decorating and find out that everything needs to be upgraded.  You may even find super sales this time of year when planting is out of season.  Don't wait till Spring.

So go outside, take a look around you.  Dream and imagine and make your dreams come true. We are hear to help.

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Potted Bay Leaf Plants



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There are all kinds of plant materials that can be potted and placed on your porch or patio areas.  In this post we would like to focus on Bay Leaf or Bay Laurel plants.

If you have ever followed a receipt for a hearty stew or soup you will see them tell you to add a large bay leaf.  It adds a robust flavor and unique seasoning.  So lets' talk about the basics of potting the plant up and growing these beautiful leaves.

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Start by selecting a large garden container. Even thought it's a slow growing plant it can reach heights of 59 feet if all conditions are right.  Of course a container potted plant will not get this high but keep it pruned to around 6 feet tall.  Not only will it be more appealing but you can move the pot into the garage or shed when the weather gets colder.

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Make sure the planter has a drain hole.  Bay leaf plants are tolerant to most soil types but they will not tolerate soil that doesn't drain well.  The plant grows best in full sun to partial shade so place the selected pot where you want it before you pot the plant.

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Bay leaf plants have small yellow flowers in spring which turn into berries in the fall.  They are lush with leaves a green green with a yellow vein. Flat broad leaves help to fill in the planter so you will have a great addition to your landscape or patio area.

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There are many uses for bay leaves, hole, or crushed like poultices and aromatherapy.  You can look them up online.  They can even be used in wreaths and head crowns for athletes and rules of the past.

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Grow Potted Bromelaid Houseplants



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If you are not familiar to the houseplant called Bromeliad than you are missing out. These indoor potted plants are colorful and wonderful additions to the houseplant family.

Bromeliad plants will flower. Their blooms are boldly colored and stunningly exotic.  Each bloom is a spiky flower in lush red, yellow, pinks and orange.  Many petals form each flower. The leaves also vary.  From frosty looking light green to lush deep hunter green they are shiny and wide.

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Like orchids, bromeliads are epiphytic, which means they grow on trees, rocks or other plants and get their water from the air and rain water.  They do not get water from roots but their roots are what they use to attach themselves to the growing support.

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Potted indoor bromeliads are considered a low maintenance potted houseplant.  They are a slow growing plant and may only bloom once in their lives and unfortunately die after they bloom.  When it comes to watering don't water thru the soil.  Keep the container potted soil dry and fill a center cup with water and they will stay happy.

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Since a container of bromeliad like humid air you should mist on a regular basis.  If you prefer you can keep them in a bathroom or close to the kitchen sink where water is present.  You can place a humidifier near the indoor bromeliad pot during the winter months when the indoor air is very dry from the furnace.

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When it comes to light potted bromeliad can survive in low light situations.  Direct sunlight can burn the leaves so for best results place in a spot with lots of natural light.

Potted Bromeliad make a wonderful addition to any house.  Just research in advance so you give it the best chance to thrive and survive.

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Indoor Garden Tips



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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Freeze Damaged Plants



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You thought you had weeks to go before the weather started to cool off this fall and wanted to avoid the first freeze.  However it hit and you were not prepared.  What can you do with freeze damaged potted plants?  Here are a few tips.

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Most people can  prepare for the cooler winter months ahead.  They have time to wrap their garden planters in burlap, or time to move them into a garage or potting shed.  You clean out the pots you can't move and prep them for next season with a good bath.

But what if the first freeze hit and you now need help.  Different plants will be affected and will have to be dealt with in a different way.  If your garden planters were filled with perennials then this is where you should start.  If it's the type of perennial plant that dies in winter then you are ok.  Just prune it back and remove any dead wood.  Take take off more or the plant will go into shock.

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How about potted vegetable or citrus plants?  If these freeze, there is a good chance they will come back.  Tomato plants just need to be deadheaded.  Then add additional potting soil round the stem to bury it.  The tomato plant will grow new roots and in a couple of week you can tell if it's going to continue to grow.  All citrus tress should be pruned.

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If you have a plant that is brown and looks dead don't toss it yet.  Check online to see if they will come back by the type they are.  Many times these will re-grow with great success.  They just need some TLC and time to recover.  All healing plants need a little help with fertilizer.  So do a bit of research online before you give up hope.
Good Luck!

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Winter Care for Houseplants



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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...

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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When To Water Your Garden Planters?



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You selected the perfect garden planter, you researched and purchased the best kinds of plants and now you ask, When is the best time to water?  Good question.  You want to make sure when it comes to watering your potted plants you get it right.  Of course we all know that too much or too little can kill most plants and make those garden planters look pretty bad.

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First you must make sure that your garden pottery has drain holes. Even succulents & cacti don't like to sit in standing water.  Then early morning is the best time to water your planters.  This is because the sun is barely up and the temps are still pretty cool.  Now is the time that water can penetrate the soil and get down to the roots before being evaporated by the sun & heat.

Watering your planter early also means that the plants will have time to soak up and store some of the water before they are dried out and waiting in the afternoon.  Don't believe that spraying the leaves of the potted plants and then having the full sun hit them will scorch them or cause burning. That is simply not true.

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The second best time to water your potted garden planters is late afternoon or early evening.  What you are trying to do is to avoid watering your containers in the middle of the day.  If you wait till early evening try not to get water all over the plants leaves.  Letting the water sit on the leaves can cause pathogens and disease.  So if you have a choice always go with morning or late morning.

Do NOT water at night.  You think it's a good time to water your planters so that they can soak up all that moisture but it really causes disease like stated above because there is not evaporation.

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So to rap this up, here are a few last tips.

Don't overwater - look for limp or soggy leaves, rotting at the stem or tips browning.
Water consistently over the surface of the soil and not your leaves. When you water, water deeply.  The deeper the better for encouraging the potted plants roots to spread throughout the planter.

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Indoor Tropical Plants



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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
 
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Poisonous Houseplants for Dogs



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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Pot Tips you can use everyday!



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Can you ever really have to many pot tips?  We don't think so!  We believe you can never have enough.  We see hundreds a year and all are good tips that are timeless.  So as in the past, here we go again for some more great pottery tips.

Try putting a raw egg int he bottom of your garden containers when planting each spring.  As the roots grow around the eggs and they break down they will feed the plant giving it vitamins.

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Even though you may wear quality garden gloves when planting your garden containers, sometimes your nails and fingers suffer abuse. Moisturize your hands, slip on latex gloves and then put on your garden gloves. By the end of the day of potting you will be amazed.

At the end of the season instead of dumping out the good potting soil you planted in your garden containers, try sifting it thru a frying basket. The openings are exactly the right size, the basket has a handle which you can shake with and you can sift over a pail for convenience.

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In large garden containers place a plastic milk jug with the cap on prior to adding soil.  At the end of the season you can dump the soil and re-use the milk jugs.  The milk jugs keep the pot lighter in weight then rocks would do.

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Use aspirin to keep flowers blooming. Just drop two tablets of aspirin for each quart of water in the vase. The salicylic acid slows the aging process to cut flowers.

Use Alka-Seltzer to make a vase sparkle!  Have a hard to clean vase? Fill with water, drop in 2 Alka-Seltzer tabs and wait 10 mins.  The effervescent action lifts the grime your can't reach.

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So that is enough good tips for now.  We have tons more to share so stay tuned.  Give some of these a try and let us know how it works.

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