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Yellow HousePlants???



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Do you have or have you ever had, YELLOW houseplants?

We think it's so vital to bring potted plants inside to decorate your home with. They provide wonderful, healthy benefits and also help clean the indoor air from toxins. However, selecting the plants, choosing the right garden container and keeping the plant healthy are all things you need to work at and consider.

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When looking at your houseplants do you see healthy plants?  Or, do you see brown or yellow leaves.  Are your plants starting to look as though they have developed jaundice?  If so then you may have a mineral deficiency - most likely nitrogen.  Luckily plants, like a human provide telling clues when they need better nutrition.

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Signs of a nitrogen deficiency:  New leaves appear lighter usually a pale green.  The solution:  Add compost or manure both are high in nitrogen.

Mature leaves:  Begin to turn yellow, starting at the base of the plant.  Young leaves turning yellow before older ones may indicate sulfur deficiency.

Stems:  Appear weak and spindly.  Fruit or flowers are delayed and yields are limited.

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All of these mean something is going on that isn't good.  So pay attention and keep your eyes on those indoors potted houseplants.  If you move quickly you can keep them looking healthy and happy longer and faster.

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Post Last Updated: 9/19/2018 1:43:13 PM 

Great Smelling Garden Containers



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When it comes time to think about what you want to plant in your garden containers this season do you ever stop and think about the fragrance you want to plant?  Usually it's the colors, types and durability of the flowers or plants but not so much the smell of the flowers.  Well we want you to re-consider.

If you are going to the time and expense to buy and pot up a lovely garden planter we want you to think about using plants that look lovely and SMELL heavenly.  There is nothing nicer on a hot summer night to sit outside on the porch or patio after the sun has gone down and look at and enjoy the planters that surround you.  Each tiny element adds so much to your comfort and pleasure.

So, here is a list of some of the best smelling plants that are easy to pot, truly lovely to look at and availability to find at most garden centers.

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Gardenias - If you haven't smelled on of these bushes then you are really missing out.  The fragrance it gives off is truly heavenly.  Even though gardenias need a bit of TLC they are easy to pot up and place around your home where they can be enjoyed.  Make sure to pot in a large enough container with good drainage and moist acidic soil.  Known for their stark white delicate flowers they are not only beautiful but undeniably have a strong fragrance.

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Lilac - Another bush that can easily be potted and placed around the patio or porch.  While pretty easy to care for these potted bushes will need room for their roots to spread so don't skimp on a small container.  You don't need a large bush to get their lovely scent so try starting a bit small.  They really like full sun and moist well draining soil.  Their color is beyond wonderful.  Check it out!

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Lavender.  Who doesn't love lavender?  A garden planter over flowing with lavender is really breathtaking.  The scent of lavender has been around for centuries and loved by many.  Their little purple flowers and spiky stems make any garden container looks vibrant and romantic along with that distinctive scent.  Don't over water these and keep the pots in full sun with good air circulation and you will have a welcome addition to your porch or patio display.

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Lastly the one that everyone know.  Roses!  Who doesn't love the scent of roses.  They are symbols of love and come in so many colors and varieties that you could pot up 10 containers and still not try them all.  They do need a bit of work when it comes to pruning and watering but basically they like full sun and  moist soil.  If possible place the flower pot in a location where you can not only see the potted flowers but smell their sensual fragrance whenever possible.

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Post Last Updated: 6/27/2018 3:29:08 PM 

Fragrance in a Flowerpot



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Planting fragrance in flowerpots is a easy way to surround yourself and your patio or porch area with lovely smelling flowers. Filling your planters with lush greens is lovely and appealing to the eye, but how many of the plants smell heavenly?

Make sweet smelling fragrance a daily delight. All you need to do is fill your planters with the suggested plants we suggest below and then place those garden planters in specific places where you can enjoy the fragrance.

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The key is to use a variety of fragrant plants that release their perfume at different times of the year.  Just imagine your garden rising and falling thru the seasons, with flowers, foliage and scents every changing.  Soon you will find yourself stopping to smell the entryway planters every time you leave the house. Our sitting on the patio a bit longer so you can enjoy the sun and the scent.  All good things.

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Wisteria is beyond heavenly when it comes to great scents.  It can grow large so you will need huge pots with a trellis or placed again a garden wall that it can climb.  The stunning colorful flowers are lovely enough but with it's vanilla fragrance you will get the best of both worlds.

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Lily of the Valley gives off a big scent so don't be fooled by it's small flowers.  You can smell its scent even while walking by it no matter where it is placed.  How wonderful is that.  One bulb fills a 4" square space so make your planter large and plant 5 bulbs to get a great display of flowers and fragrance.

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Bridal Bouquet (abelia)  In spring there is nothing more scented than this potted plant.  This strong fragrance can waft at least 15 feet away from the pot.  This plant is a scent factory that just keeps on giving.  It blooms from late spring to early summer with it's lilac scented pink buds and white trumpets.

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Lastly, lets look at Black Negligee (actaea) with it's fruity smell.  It's foliage is purplish black, lacy and sexy.  By midsummer, tall wands are covered with small white flowers.  This one is exquisite and sweet smelling.  The perfect potted flowers for your garden.

Food for fodder is harlequin glory bower, Oriental lilies, Pink Dawn, Winter sweet and Sweet Box are all lovely smelling.

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Post Last Updated: 5/3/2018 11:53:50 AM 

Grow your own Spa!



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It's always fun to try to decide what to plant and pot up from season to season.  Maybe you are into annuals so you recreate new displays every year or perhaps you prefer perennials that last from season to season. Either way we would like to suggest a few things to pot into a few garden planters then turn into spa treatments.  Here goes....

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Herbs are always fun plants to pot.  You can use them for cooking and healing products but here we would like to suggest a spa treatment.  Basil is easy to grow.  You can get quite a bumper crop of these herbs without much effort.  If you need to plant it or already are growing it then here is a spa treatment that you can do with all those lovely, fragrant basil leaves.

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Basil & Olive Oil Facial:  Fill a 16oz mason jar with 2 C virgin olive oil.  Add 3 sprigs each of basil and chamomile. Cover with cheesecloth, let infuse for up to a month.  Use as a moisturizing facial.  Simply dab 1/4 C max on face, remove with dry cloth.

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Adding herbs and flower petals to essential oils is always fun.  Here we suggest using flower petals from your garden planters that you have on your patio, porch or in the yard.  Think of the kinds of flowers you would like to use before planting.  Rose, Lavender or calendula.  All beautiful and fragrant.

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Flower Petal Sugar Scrub:  Mix 1 C brown sugar, 1/4 C honey & 1/4 C almond oil.  Yummy smelling!!!  Stir in 2 tsp fresh flower petals and mix.  Add a few drops of essential oil and massage all over your body, face and then rinse.  Amazing!

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Lastly lets try a herb and honey scrub for the body and face.  If you have a choice pot up herbs like basil, thyme, and mint as a good suggestion. Honey and herbs have a symbiotic relationship in the garden.

Herb & Honey Scrub:  Warm 2 T honey. Stir in 1 T olive oil.  Add 3 T sugar.  Add 3 tsp basil and mind and a few drops of essential oil.  Use in bath or massage over body and face, then rinse.

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Here are just a few idea of spa treament's that you can create at home yourself with just a few potted herbs and flowers from your flower pots.  Think of all the possibilities and start planting them into your garden pottery this season for the best results.
 
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Post Last Updated: 4/4/2018 3:53:32 PM 

Yellow Potted Plants



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Do you have yellow potted plants?  You might need some nitrogen!

If your indoor potted plants are starting to look as though they have developed jaundice, you might be dealing with a mineral deficiency.  Veggie plants can sometimes be hit hard and are most likely to fall prey to this deficiency.  Luckily, plants like humans can let you know when things are not going well and they need a bit of help.  Here are a few tips that may help.

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Signs of nitrogen deficiency:
New leaves appear lighter usually a pale green.
Mature leaves begin to turn yellow, starting at the base of the plant.
Stems appear weak and spindly.
Fruit/Flowers production is delayed and yields a limited supply

Methods to prevent this problem.
Add compost or manure (both high in nitrogen) to potting soil before planting.
Sprinkle nitro rich fertilizer around the plant to boost mineral supply.

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These are all very simple things to do that will make a huge difference when it comes to keeping your potted plants looking green and healthy. Give it a go!

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Post Last Updated: 4/4/2018 1:07:59 PM 

Healing Houseplants



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Did you know that a potted houseplant can do much more than just add beauty and color to your home?  In this blog post we want to talk about healing houseplants or potted indoor plants that can add happiness, ease of worries and an end to headaches.  Yep you heard us right.  Potted houseplants!

Remember after reading the wonderful way houseplants can help your life that you also get to pick out beautiful colorful plants and the garden containers to pot them in.  That is really where the fun begins but for now lets start at the beginning.  Selecting the plants themselves. We hope these tips get you motivated.

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Heal Dry Skin with ferns:  Potted ferns are natural humidifiers.  They constantly suck water up thru their roots and stems, then let that moisture evaporate into the air through millions of tiny pores in their leaves.  Isn't that amazing!!!  By decorating with lush green ferns you will boost your homes humidity level into the physiologically ideal range of 40 to 60 percent.  This increases the skins content by 25% moisture.  Yep you read that right.  Back off of the body lotion and place a potted fern in your bathroom, bedroom or living room and keep your skin moist.

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Ease Nighttime Worries with jasmine:  Inhaling the scent of the jasmine plant at night  calms edginess and anxiety, significantly improving sleep quality and bolstering A.M. energy and mood.  The credit goes to jasmine's sweet floral aroma, which induces the formation of relaxing alpha brain waves.  Place a lovely jasmine in a decorative garden planter on your nightstand so you can enjoy it's scent all night.

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Feel Springtime Happy with jade:  Surrounding yourself with any plants can help you feel more upbeat in just 2 days.  But placing a potted jade plant in your bedroom can provide an even bigger boost.  That's because succulents produce a steady stream of brain nourishing oxygen during the night.  So, getting up in the morning after breathing in that extra oxygen can bolster your mood by 20 percent.

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End Headaches with English ivy:  Potted English ivy is a powerful natural air purifier.  The plant microbes that grow along it's roots suck p as much as 75 percent of the ammonia, benzene and other nasties that sneak into homes.  This cuts the risk of foggy thinking and painful headache flares by 20 percent.  Just amazing!

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Lastly Rev Energy with a potted palm:  Add a few regular or dwarf size palms, spider planter or philodendrons to the rooms you use most and you will be amazed at how quickly you will sail through your daily to do list. That is because lush, leafy plants like these score high on the photo synthesis scale.  They draw in so much carbon dioxide that they can quickly improve indoor air quality by 25%.

So, it's time to get serious.  If you care about your indoor air quality, worries, happiness or dry skin than it's time to pot up some of these houseplants.

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Post Last Updated: 4/4/2018 12:41:08 PM 

Clear the Air At Home



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Clear the Air at Home

1.  Open the windows for 10 mins a day:
Doing this every day will increase the air circulation in your home, reducing lung irritating indoor air pollution by 20% or more.

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2.  Pick pump bottles for your lungs' sake:
Virtually anything you normally buy in an aerosol can is now available in a pump bottle - and making the switch significantly reduces the number of lung irritants released into the air.

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3.  Use an air purifier to banish germs:
Consider buying an air purifier to keep airborne germs - such as a cold or flue bug - from reaching you.  Tests show that even smaller purifiers can filter out as much as 99% of a rooms mold, dust, pet dander and airborne germs.

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4.  Decorate with potted plants to soak up ozone:
Of course we think this one is totally necessary.  If you are prone to unexplained headaches, coughing and the like, problem could be ozone, a common pollutant.  Not to worry:  Decorating with colorful potted flowerpots filled with houseplants can keep ozone levels low 24/7, studies have shown.

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5.  Opt for healthy cleaners:
Pick products made with vinegar or other gentle cleansers that are free of harsh chemicals that give off gases.  Safe brands to try include Seventh Generation and Method.

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You can't avoid all indoor pollutants!  According to researchers eating a few carrot sticks and an apple every day can shore up your defenses again inhaled irritants, cutting your risk of related health hassles as much as 63% So, who wouldn't place a potted plant around your home or open the windows a few minutes a day.  Your health is important to you and we care!  Give these a try!

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Post Last Updated: 3/12/2018 2:23:29 PM 

Late Winter Potted Primrose



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Available for sale at most Garden Centers this time of year, the Primrose plant is colorful and a welcome sight.  After long cold month's of winters cold and grey these delightful flowers are a needed lift.  It's still a bit early to pot them outside in some areas but you can still grow them indoors until the weather warms up by following a few simple tips.

The first thing to remember is that a primrose plant is not meant to last and last.  They usually last a few weeks outdoors in garden planters, showing their colorful flowers and then die off to be replaced with other seasonal plants.  So if you decide to try them indoors just keep this fact in mind.

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As with most plants a potted indoor primrose does not like to sit in water.  Their roots will rot if the soil is kept too moist.  Once the soil starts to feel dry you need to water them and then give them a misting.  They love humidity.  Don't let the soil dry out completely or they will die quickly.

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As with most plants a potted primrose likes sunlight.  So make sure they are getting as much direct or indirect sunlight as possible.  When it comes to fertilizing any indoor plant including a potted primrose they like to be fertilized once a month except when in bloom.  Don't fertilize when in bloom.

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are pretty inexpensive to purchase so if you fell like giving this a go with trying to grow them indoors you won't have a lot of money invested and the outcome if successful is well worth the beauty and color that you will experience.  Purple, White, Orange and Pink are all favorite colors.  That's about it.
 
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Post Last Updated: 2/22/2018 12:47:35 PM 

Vines & Climbers for Garden Planters



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We try to offer great suggestions for creating garden planters and today we want to talk about vines or climbers that are perfect for pottery.  Adding a vertical touch to all kinds of planters is not as hard to do as it seems. When you display a cluster of different pots with plant materials it always looks best when you use different sizes and heights.  Here are the best climbing vines we think that will add a elegant touch to any garden pot.

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Ivy - There is nothing that works better and is used more often then placing trailing ivy draping over the outer rim of a garden planter.  It has the ability to twist and turn so it can easily fill in where you want it to most.  This is a great place to start because it is the most common and easy to use.  What we truly love is the different foliage it offers.  From deep green to variegated and it stays green all year long.

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Morning Glory - It's one of those you will really enjoy because of the colorful blooms it has.  Not only is it really easy to grow but it adds lots of color and beauty with it's flowers.  This is one plant you don't want to grow in the ground because it will take over any garden area. It's durable and wild.  Stake it in a garden pot and it train it to go up for a wonderful vertical dispaly.

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Climbing Hydrangea - We love this for containers that are in the shade or partial shade.  It's grows pretty aggressively so you may want to pot it up by itself.  It also needs a large planter to grow in and doesn't like being contained by a small container.  Hydrangea is know for being fragrant so it's perfect for a patio or porch where the fragrance can greet your guest.

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Bougainvillea - In Arizona we know this plant well. It really does great in the warm climate and it's stunning colorful flowers add so much to our desert landscape.  Unfortunately it has barbs on it and is not the most fun to keep trimmed and under control.  It's considered more of a shrub because it grows out and not just up.  You may have to protect this plant in winter months.

Here are a few suggestions that we hope interest you.  If you give one a try let us know how you did. We would love to hear from you.

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Post Last Updated: 1/17/2018 2:00:52 PM 

Down in the Dumps? Indoor Flowers Help




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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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