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.
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Grow Okra In Pots
Every time we see something unusual and fun to plant and grow in a garden planters we have to share it with you. Today it's how to grow Okra in a flowerpot. It doesn't require a lot of space and is considered easy to grow and if you have ever eaten fried okra you will know why this is a great idea.
Okra in general is a warm season vegetable. It has delicate leaves and showy bloom that look beautiful. If you are growing for a decorative purpose or to eat they are easy to pot and place on a patio or porch area.
When choosing a pot make sure of a couple of things. Don't go any smaller than a 12" deep pot. You want to make sure that there is room for the roots but not so over sized the plant is dwarfed. You can pretty much choose any material as long as the pot has a drain hole. These plants love heat so a dark poly resin or concrete planter is great but glazed or terracotta will both work.
If you can't find a starter plant at the local nursery you will have to go with seeds. Ask for the dwarf variety so it doesn't grow over 5 feet tall. Plant on potting the seeds when the temperature stays above 60 degrees. Spring is the best time of year and the frost season has passed. Follow the seed packet instructions.
Place the pot where it can get as much full sun as possible. Use a potting mix that is crumbly and rich in organic matter. Water regularly cause potted okra likes moist soil. Fertilize on a reg basis with a low nitrogen fertilizer. Watch for pests and remove them if they show up. When it comes to harvesting, do it on a frequent basis. It blooms in approx 2 monts and fruit appears 5 days after flowering. Pods are harvested when still tender, otherwise they become to hard to eat. Look for them to be 3 to 5 inches in length.
That's it. Have fun experimenting with unusual plants like Okra!
When planting a garden container you plan it out logically and emotionally. You select the perfect garden planter and plant materials. Then all of a sudden the planted container starts to show stress. What do you do? You need to find out what is going on and how you can stop it immediately. A planted container can't wait long for you to figure it out. Here are a few ideas to go to first.
The first place to go is to find out what is going on with the potted plants roots. The area that grows beneath the ground into the soil. Watch for Vine Weevil attacks. Many come in nursery plants and feed on the plants leaves and lay their eggs in the soil. Once the eggs hatch after about 10 days, the grubs burrow into the soil and feed underground on roots. Sooner than later the plant is unable to drink water and collapses.
Use sharp mulches like broken egg shells to discourage adult weevils from laying eggs. Pick them off of the plants if you see them.
Next check the drainage. Make sure the drain hole in the base of the planter is not plugged with soggy soil or rocks. Maybe you need more than one drain hole so plan on drilling more holes with a masonary bit. If the roots become water logged it will suffocate them and they will die.
Cover the flowerpots drain hole with pot shards or use pot filler to help the water to drain thru the soil without plugging the drain hole.
Lastly, is your potted plant starving. Every time you water your potted plants you loose nutrients from the potting soil. If you don't fertilize your soil and plants they will starve and eventually stress out and die.
Regardless how good the potting mix is watering will deplete nutrients over time. Use a good fertilizer and keep the potted plants you are trying to grow healthy longer.
Think it would be fun to grow cilantro in a flower pot? Well, it's very easy to do! The best part is that it is not only easy to do but think of what you can do with fresh cilantro growing indoors during winter! Salsa anyone!
Cilantro grows best in cooler temps. It does well when potted outside in spring, fall and even early winter. Unfortunately if you want to grow cilantro outside during the summer it will go to seed fast and end its' growing life. So the best thing to do is fill a garden pot with it indoors and have it available all year long.
Start by filling with potting mix. Cilantro likes all kinds of pottery so this is the time to choose a planter that matches your home decor. Just make sure that there is a drain hole. No herb not even cilantro likes to have it's roots sitting in stagnant water. Water the potting mix now and get it damp. Make sure the overflow comes out the bottom of the pots drain hole.
Sprinkle the cilantro seed over the surface of the moistsoil evenly. Cover with 1/4" of potting soil and mist it with water to moisten. Now is the time to start misting the soil to keep it moist till the seeds germinate.
Take the pot and place in direct sunlight. Hopefully the potted cilantro will get 6 hrs of direct sunlight per day. Mist the soil when it begins to dry out and keep misting for 7 days till germination.
Now water the plants when the top soil dries and rotate the pot so that all sides of the cilantro get sunlight. Here is the fun part. Harvesting the cilantro leaves. Wait till the indoor potted plant grows 4" in height and have full size leaves. Cut the leaves with kitchen shears leaving at least one set of leaves on each plant. We recommend you harvest off different sections of the pot so that each plant has time to regrow.
Lastly fertilize the potted cilantro when the plants are 6 weeks old. This will help to keep the grow steady and healthy. Now top salsa with these beauties and enjoy.
These days everyone is thinking about down sizing. Moving into tiny houses and getting rid of huge yards that take upkeep, money and time to maintain. If you find yourself in an apartment, condo or high rise here are few tips for potting up a few veggies. You don't need a large plot of land to grow a few fresh and healthy vegetables, especially if you do them in terra cotta pots or bowl pots.
Even lots of folks with homes prefer to grow vegetables in garden planters and pottery. It makes moving them easier and more portable. You can place thepots by a back door for convenience or on a patio for fragrance and color. However if you are living in a smaller space you can still grow fun vegetables in flower pots. Make sure you select clay planters that have a drain hole and leave some room for the vegetable root systems to spread a bit. Many vegetables have short roots so even a garden bowl on a patio table can work nicely.
Fill talavera planters or mexican pots with leaf lettuce, spring veggies, and herbs. They all work great in garden bowls that don't need much room and can be fairly shallow. However if you want to grow veggies that climb like tomatoes, snow peas or green bean you will have to put a metal cage in a large pottery planter, and use a garden trellis near by or place the clay planter next to a patio wall or balcony rail where they can climb as they grow.
If you really want to get daring you can even grow melons, or pumpkins where the roots are in the garden planter and the fruit is resting on the patio or deck as it grows. Think about easy items to grow like green onions, carrots or radish when you are not up to a big challenge. These are easy, don't take much room and fun to eat and watch grow.
Besides a good container you also need to consider how much sun the planter will get. Read the packet of seeds or the starter veggie plants for how much sun the containers will need. Make sure you start with good, new potting soil and fertilize on a regular basis. Since these potted veggies can't draw water or nutrients from the ground you need to keep the potting soil healthy.
Lastly, don't worry about watering them. Many times a watering can will work just fine. The main goal here is to just have fun, and enjoy eating and harvesting your own vegetables right outside on your balcony or small patio area.
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.
Finding the most beautiful and healthy plants and flowers for your garden containers isn't that hard to do. Most local nursery and garden centers carry a wide selection that are mostly healthy and lovely. Now keeping them looking that way for as long as possible is the goal of every container gardener. By following a few tips listed below you are well on the way to achieving that goal.
1. Pick the perfect garden pot. Make sure you get the right size before anything else. You do not want to put a palm into a pot that is so small it tips over in a robust wind or so little that it cramps the roots from growing and spreading. All plants and flowers have roots that need room to grow in soil that has nutrients in it. If a container is too large it can result in over moist soil and drown the roots. If you have a lot of space in the pot and you keep the soil moist, you may get moss and mildew issues that are not welcome. Also make sure you garden container has drain hole. No standing water in flowerpots is recommended.
2. Plant you new pottery container with a plan. It seems harmless to just dig in and go for it but the result will not be as successful if you follow a few steps. Make sure you use plants with the right light needs with where you are putting the finished pot. A plant that needs full sunlight will not grow if you place the garden planter on a covered porch that sees mostly shade. Try to mix flowering plants and colors with green foliage to fill in the planter and make them look overflowing and full. Just make sure they need the same amount of water.
3. Be selective about the potting soil you use. Never use garden soil for many reason but mostly you will NOT have healthy plants. If you plant succulents make sure you are using pumice soil that drains well. If flowers are more to your liking a nice potting mix that has compost in it works great. Don't recycle potting soil if you had diseased plants growing it in already. Start fresh! The main thing to remember here is never underestimate the power of the correct potting mix.
So follow these easy steps and you are well on the way to have garden containers that look stunning all season long.
First impressions are always important. When it comes to the front door of your home there is no more important way to greet your guests and makes a good first impression than to pot up some plants and have a colorful, fragrant display. Unfortunately many people tend to neglect their front doors. The old adage out of sight, out of mind comes into play here. Here are a few suggestions that may make creating a welcoming easy and doable.
Patriotic: this front entrance and walkway screams patriotic pride. Glossy red double door, white trim and pots of blue hydrangeas. They all come together to show their patriotic pride. Perfect for the start of summer.
Tropical Beauty: A vibrant orange of the sunrise turn this door into a welcoming oasis with tropical palms and red flowers in neutral pots. This front door garden decor scream tropical.
Big Pots: When it comes to garden containers bigger is always better. More room for the plant and flowers to flourish but large garden pottery always makes great impressions. With trailing vines and colorful plants bursting out of these planters you will have guests commenting on what a wonderful first impression you have made.
Our last suggestion is the holidays. With so many wonderful holidays celebrated in the United States you will have plenty to chances to create the holiday spirit and feel with potted plants, pumpkins, christmas lights, valentine hearts, 4 leaf clover and more. Have fun now and make your entry welcoming and playful with items from each holiday. This is the most imaginative time to decorate. Go for it!
Whether you shop online (and we hope you do) or visit your local garden center, finding the perfect garden planter, plant materials, soil etc to create lovely flowerpots to decorate your home or garden area is easy to do. Lot's of choices, colors, textures that when put together can make a look that adds color, beauty and life to your garden decor.
However, keeping those potted containers looking nice all summer long when the heat and windy weather can beat them up pretty good, is another thing. We want to give you some tips that may help you over come the garden planter blues.
Start by selecting the perfect container. Make sure the size is correct for the plants that you are putting in the pot. Too small and roots are crowded, too large and soil stays too moist and you have fungal issues. Make sure the pot has drainage. No plants like to sit in standing water.
Next get a plan on what you are going to plant. Don't go to the local nursery and buy impulsivily. Choose plants that will thrive in your area and add some foliage to pots to fill them out when you are planting flowers. Try to buy a plant to place in the center of the pot for height. This really adds a focal point for deciding what to plant around it.
Get good potting soil. Don't ever use the ground soil and don't use old soil that has been sitting in the garage for a few years. If you choose to reuse soil from a spent container make sure there are no spores, fungus or mites and other unfriendlies can live in long after the plants are gone.
Presoak the plastic nursery pot in a tub of water to loosen and relax the roots before knocking the plant out of the pot. Just fill a shallow basin, or wheelbarrow with water, sit the pots in so the drain holes are covered and let them soak for 30 mins. Then knock the plant out and repot in your decorative garden container. The roots will be pliable and soft and they will thank you for this, presoak. The after the pot is complete make sure to give everything one last drink.
Don't underestimate how important it is to keep up the grooming of the finished planter. Deadhead spent blooms, cut back straggly stems and replace anything that just isn't doing well. This little weekly step makes a big different in how your planters look all season long.
And finally, fertilize. Purchase a slow release fertilizer or better yet every two weeks water with a liquid fertilizer to keep everything looking it's best all season. Every time you water a pot till there is water coming out the drain hole you loose valuable nutrients. These need to be replaced.
We have shared many posts on how to grow specific vegetable in garden pottery. In this post we are focusing on Potted Hot Peppers! Many people are growing their own potted vegetables and finding out how easy it is to do. No pesticides, no traveling for mile in a truck, no imports from other countries.
When it comes to wanting to make your own salsa, or spicy tomato saucers there is nothing easier to plant and harvest than Potted Hot Peppers. They come in a lot of shapes, colors and spiciness. You can preserve them by fermenting, pickling, drying and freezing them if you harvest an abundance. If you are bold you can eat them, stir fry them, stuff them and bake them.
Ideally Hot peppers are grown from seed. Start them indoors about 8 to 10 weeks before your last frost date. Transplant them outdoors when frost danger has passed.
When it comes to growing them in a garden planter you will find that they don't need a lot of space. Make sure the garden container you do use is 10" deep or more and if you live where the climate is warm go even bigger. That way you will water less and they will have more room to grow.
Fill each garden container with potting soil. Add fertilizer and water peppers well after transplanting them. Keep the soil moist during the growing season and don't let the soil dry out. Potted peppers will flower and continue to produce fruit till the outdoor temps dip below 50 degrees. Move the pots indoors if you can and place in a warm spot. You can keep them producing by picking the fruit as it begins to turn color. They will continue to ripen after picked.
The best time to harvest potted Hot peppers is when they are plum and just beginning to color. If you wait till they are completely colored there will be more sugar in the fruit and the plant will produce fewer peppers. Lastly, watch out for enemies. Aphids, flea beetles, weevils, spider mites all love these plants. Treat them if you see this happening.
So try potting some of these colorful, and tasty plants next time you are looking for something different to plant. They are a uncommon addition to any porch or patio decor.