If you have read any health magazines you are probably already eating avocado. Well, have you ever thought about potting up that big seed and seeing what will grow? Many of us had the experience of trying to grow a avocado seed in school, where you poked holes in the sides of the see with tooth picks and suspended the see above a glass of water. Yep, remember that? Anyway, here are a few updated tips that will help you grow a real plant that you can pot up and keep.
First if you think that once you pot the seed and grow the plant you will be harvesting avocados that isn't going to happen. Even if you get fruit it won't be quality fruit. But, you can grow a healthy FREE houseplant that is lovely.
1. Remove the seed from a ripe avocado. Don't hit the seed with a knife but pull it out gently with your hand. Clean under warm water. Wrap seed in damp paper towel. Place in plastic food bag (not zipper) and store in a dark cupboard. Check every 4 days or so for germination. Ensure the towel stays damp.
2. When the seed germinates it will gradually crack open and a root will grow from deep inside the seed. Don't break open the seed. Just leave it alone. When the root reaches 3" long it is ready to pot up.
3. Start with a 8" flowerpot that has drain holes. Avocado plants like good drainage so use a new potting mix with perlite or sand to help out. Plant the seed with the bottom and roots aiming down into the pot. The bottom is the flat broader end.
4. Fill the pot halfway with potting meet and place the seed. Add more soil till the top inch of the seed is above level. Water until moist not damp and add more potting soil to the garden planter as needed. Place in a warm, draft free location with indirect sunlight.
Tips: Avocados are tropical plants so they like warm, growing conditions and can NOT dry out. Use consistent watering and mist if necessary. Fertilize ever 3 months. That is it. No toothpicks involved.
Who doesn't love looking out a window and seeing those amazing hummingbirds flying around your potted flowers? They are so small and colorful and they flap their wings so fast they make a humming sound. They fly right, left, up, down and backwards! Amazing creatures that everyone loves to see flying around their porch or patio setting.
Well, here are a few tips on plants that attract hummingbirds. These plants and vines can be easily planted in garden containers and moved to where you can see them from indoor windows. Or place the garden pots around your patio table so that you can enjoy the hummingbirds while relaxing or eating outside.
Hummingbirds like nectar-filled blooms so here are a few good suggestions:
1. Trumpet Honeysuckle: Hummers, butterflies and bees all love honeysuckle. By keeping the potting soil moist and placing the garden container in full sun or even partial shade will you will the best flowering results. The bright red flowers will attract the butterflies and hummers.
2. Mandevilla: Since this is a drought tolerant vine it's perfect for garden pottery but can also be used in a hanging basket. Put this container in full sun or partial shade with well drained soil. This vine can climb so place the pot next to a patio pillar or garden fence.
3. Canary Creeper: Another wonderful vine that likes full sun or partial shade with moist well draining potting soil. It can trail so you can put it in a hanging basket outside a kitchen window where you can watch the hummers eat. If you look at the flowers closely they look like canaries. Potted canaries, who knew! Wonderful.
4. Candy Corn Plant: Love the look of these but you can't eat them. Only the hummers can dive bomb this flower. Again full sun and moist soil in your planters will work best. You can move this potted flower indoors during winter and make it a houseplant if you want.
So here are few suggestions on what to pot up on your porch or patio and attract some hummingbirds. Give one or two a try and let us know how it works out!
Are you intimidated by the thought of growing your own potted vegetable seeds indoors? Does it sound daunting and hard to do? Well, in this blog post we are going to discuss how really easy it is if you follow a few basic steps.
Let's start with what you don't need. You don't need expensive equipment. It doesn't take a lot of work. You don't need to be a green thumb gardener. Any beginner can do this. And, you don't need a ton of space. Like we have stated it's basically easy to do and very rewarding. You aren't limited to the seed selection at your local nursery. You can go on line and find heirloom seeds that cost much less. There are hundreds of great tasting varieties.
Now think of the money you will save by growing your own veggies in planter pots at home. You will know they aren't sprayed with pesticides, are potted in clean potting soil and haven't been shipped across the States. There is nothing better than reaping the rewards of growing your own veggie potted plants.
Step 1 - Light: The light that is needed to grow veggies indoors can't be from sunny windows. The seeds will turn into plants but they will be spindly and weak since the source of light is so far away. You need inexpensive fluorescent light with cool white bulbs. These work beautifully and with great success.
Step 2 - Good Seeds: If you aren't a seed saver then purchase fresh seeds from a online source with a good reputation. Try to find unique heirloom varieties of tomato, cucumbers, peppers and beans.... You will be amazed at the variety of flavors, colors and shapes that come out of the same type of veggies. We recommend purchasing seeds annually.
Step 3 - The most important step is to keep the soil slightly damp. If it's to wet the seeds will rot or drown. Once the seeds germinate the water needs will increase. Touch soil with finger each day. Gently water if dry to keep it moist. Remember damp not soggy. You can use cell packets or better yet small terracotta pots. Try to keep the pots small like 3" or so. You will transplant the plants into larger pots later.
Step 4 - Prepare the plants to the outdoors in stages. Since they have spent all their time inside your home with great conditions you don't want to just take them outside and put them in a garden planter. Start by taking them outside on a few warmer days. Continue to give them more and more exposure unless the temp drops below freezing. Your goal is a week or so before planting, they can be outside around the clock.
So now is the time to be thinking about starting your own veggie seeds. That way come early Spring you will have tasty potted vegetables that you grew your own.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
During the festive holiday season many will purchase potted poinsettias from there local garden center or nursery as a holiday decoration. If you host a festivity at your house you may receive the potted poinsettia as a hostess gift. Either way we want to provide some tips that may help you to make that plant rebloom next Christmas.
Basically, Poinsettias are easy to grow and maintain. However if you want them to bloom into a second season it will take some effort but is not impossible. Start by thinking them of a basic houseplant instead of a Christmas only plant.
Start by placing the garden planter in a area with bright light, water slightly and feed with fertilizer according to the label directions. Unfortunately the leave or flower petals will fade and fall off. At this point cut the stems to just below the flowers and let them continue to grow.
Come next Spring, when the temps are consistently about 50 degrees. place the potted poinsettias outside where they can get bright sunlight. They will grow but will remain green all summer long. Prune back the plants to one third in midsummer and repot them in a slightly larger pot. Use new potting soil and feed with fertilizer during this growing time.
At the end of summer, bring the pots indoors when temps start dropping below that 50 degree mark. From Sept thru Oct the plants need 15 hrs a day of uninterrupted darkness and 65 degree temps. This is the secret to triggering new flowers and for the leaves to change color.
Every day at 5 pm you need to cover the plants. Uncover them at 8 in the morning. Absolutely no light can penetrate the darkness. Place a box over them if you must. In a spare room no light can come in thru a door or window crack.
If you successfully carry out this darkness routine by early November the plant will develop the red color and you can end the daily darkness and move the plant into indirect light to grow.
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!