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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This time of year you are not thinking of planting and growing a garden full of vegetables. But just because the cooler weather is coming doesn't mean you can't grow a salad full of fresh lettuce in a garden pot indoors.
Who doesn't like fresh lettuce year round. Well growing your own in a flowerpot indoors is so easy. Start by selecting the correct garden pot to grow in. We suggest a garden bowl. A pot that is wider than higher. It can be round or rectangle that doesn't matter. What matters is the depth of the planter. Try to keep it 6" deep or so. What you are growing has short roots and doesn't need a need flowerpot full of potting soil.
Next let's talk soil. Use a new good quality potting mix that is loose and drains well. Never use old potting soil from a garden plant. Old soil can have bacteria, bugs and worse living in it and it is never recommended. Remember that your potting soil doesn't have fertilizer so add your own when planting.
Choosing salad types. Of course your main focus is lettuce. There are many types to choose from. Romaine, Looseleaf, butterhead, spinach, swiss chard and more. If you want to grow complimentary items you can just use a separate container. You can grow herbs, onions, chives, basil. You can choose to start from seed packets or purchase young plants at the local garden center.
Keep your pots in a sunny spot that receives a few hours of direct sunlight during the day. Keep the soil slightly moist but not wet. Just check to see how much water you will need. It is not necessary to water ever day.
In 30 days you can start to harvest the pottedlettuce. Pick leaves when you need them letting the lettuce plants rest and regrow as necessary. No rules to follow just go with your instincts.
This is a easy project and should be a fun one for you to try.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
You just purchased or better yet created your own succulent garden container. It is sitting in the middle of your patio table looking marvelous. Then one day you notice that it's looking a bit unruly and you figure out that they are growing. Even though potted succulents are slow grows they do GROW! All plants even succulents will eventually need to be re-potted. In the meantime how about giving them a little trim? Here's a few tips to help.
Pruning a potted succulent container is pretty simple. Start by keeping the container clean of dead leaves or buds that have fallen off. As you succulent starts to grow new leaves you need to remove the bottom ones closest to the soil. If you don't the soil will not dry out completely between watering and the leaves will start to rot. Just pinch them off with your fingers. Did you know that removing leaves like this can encourage new growth in most potted plants?
Now to the pruning part. Succulents do best if pruned at the beginning of their growing season. Spring time is the best time but that doesn't mean you can't prune though out the rest of the year, it just means Spring is best. If your arrangement is grouped closely together you may need scissors or tweezers to get between the leaves without smashing them trying to move them out of the way.
It goes without saying that this is a good time to remove any plants that look sick or dead. You can fill in gaps with new plantings or cuttings off your existing succulents. The last step we like is what we call pot topping. Use decorative rock to cover the soil of the arrangement. It really adds a lovely touch and gives the planter a finished look.
Have you always wanted to attract butterflies to your patio or porch area? Well here are a few tips that will help you create a butterfly garden in a container that will do just that.
The simplest way to attract butterflies to your patio pots is to provide them with food that the butterflies want. Plan on potting up both butterfly friendly flowers that are nectar rich and types of plants that caterpillars like to eat.
Lets start with the garden planter. Most flowers and plants don't need a deepplanter because their roots are rather shallow. However this is not the time to downsize your choice of planter. You want a pot that is large enough to hold a variety of plants and flowers that will attract butterflies. Plan on placing those containers in a area of your patio where they will get 6 hrs of sunlight daily and not a lot of wind.
Next is selecting the types of flowers and plants to pot up. Grow nectar plants that attract butterflies. Flowers are the best like marigolds, cosmos, verbena, butterfly weed and lavender. Add a host plant to each container where butterflies can lay their eggs on the bottom of their leaves. Black eyed susan, milkweed, asters, cornflowers, and herbs like fennel and dill.
Plant the flowers at different heights with tall in the center and trailing or low flowers around the outside of the garden planter. This also is a basic idea to do with any garden planter where you not only want function but beauty.
Now is not the time for chemicals and pesticides. Another great suggestion is to leave a saucer filled with sand, salt and water so the butterflies can nibble the minerals. This is called Puddling.
Who doesn't love butterflies? We all love seeing them flying around our porch or patio areas. Follow these simple basic tips and increase your garden beauty.
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.
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.
We love the see the different fruits and veggies that can be grown in garden containers. This post is about a potted Pomegranate tree. They are easy to grow, cold hardy and beautiful along with tasty. Check it out.
Why do we say growing a potted pomegranate tree is easy. Well they have shallow roots compared to other fruit trees and that makes them easy to pot in a garden planter. Each plant has lovely green leaves and delicate bell shaped flowers that are stunning in a bold bright red color. When they bear fruit they look like large red apples with a hard shell that hide the juicy sweet seeds inside that are edible.
So here are a few tips that should encourage you give this lovely plant a chance. Choose a sunny location. The more sun this plant receives the better your chances are of bearing fruit. If for some reason you can only place the pot in a partial shade location it will still bloom but have less fruit.
Soil for potted pomegranate trees should be loamy and loose. Make sure to use a potting soil for fruit trees for the best results. During the growing period the water requirement is medium to high. So we recommend watering regularly and deeply. Of course don't water log it.
It is best to fertilize regularly to help it achieve the best growing and blooming results. Pruning will be necessary to encourage flowering and fruit so remove weak, or dead branches. You shouldn't have an issue with disease but if you do treat it right away.
The last thing to consider is repotting. If your pomegranate tree becomes root bound wait till there are no flowers or fruit on the tree and move it into a larger planter. If moving it into the garage during winter is your plan then consider using a light weight poly resin garden planter. Otherwise concrete, terra cotta, ceramic or fiberglass planters will work. Just make sure the tree's roots always have some room to grow.
Well hope these tips help. If you would like to share your experience we would love to hear from you. Good Luck!