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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 

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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Post Last Updated: 1/3/2018 11:55:56 AM 

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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Post Last Updated: 11/29/2017 3:16:08 PM 

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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Post Last Updated: 7/26/2017 3:28:14 PM 

Potted Plants That Repel Mosquitoes



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Summer is here and everyone is outside enjoying the lovely warm and sunny days.  As you start to think about what to pot in your garden containers that surround your home, porch or patio we have a great idea.  Did you ever think about potting plants that repel mosquitoes? Potted planters on your patio by the kitchen door or on the front porch. That way the next time you go outside to enjoy the warm summer days or cool summer nights you don't spend all your time batting away bugs.

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By potting up plants that can control mosquitoes you can control the amount of poisons that are available to do that same job.  What is really neat is that a lot of these plants do double duty, which means they are edible and can be used in cooking while still keeping mosquitoes at bay.  Below are some of the best picks.

Basil - good for cooking and you can make your own repellent by drying the herb, then steeping a cup of dried basil in 1/2 cup water. Put in a spray bottle.

Catnip - Potted Catnip is perfect for giving your indoor cats a treat and works well by repelling mosquitoes.  Move the pot indoors and outdoors as needed.

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Citronella - We all know this one.  Place in large garden planters around your patio table.  It's got a lemony scent that is pleasant.

Garlic - Crush the bulbs up and mix with water. Spray other plants with it to help repel insects.

Geranium - Potted and placed around the porch or patio where you may want to relax and it will help to control mosquitoes and other insects.

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Lavender - Who doesn't want potted lavender around the patio.  The smell is heavenly and the insects don't like it.  Perfect!

Lemon Balm - Smells a lot like citronella and works the same way.

Marygolds - These magical flowers help banish many types of bugs.

Peppermint - Delicious tasting (iced-t ) and great smelling, make good mosquito repellent.

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Rosemary - No body cooks chicken now days without some rosemary. The fragrance is full bodied and the taste heavenly.  Pot some up and place around the patio for insect repellent.

So hope you can use some of these wonderful ideas to keep mosquitoes away.

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Post Last Updated: 8/7/2017 9:47:50 AM 

How thirsty are your potted plants?



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Potted plants growing in garden containers are at your mercy when it comes to getting the right amount of water.  Unlike plants growing in the ground that can rely on deep roots to get them through dry spells, container grown plants have limited soil from which to drink.  On the other hand, if container grown plants are left to sit too long in saucers full of water, the roots can die from lack of oxygen.

It comes down to this.  If you want to be successful growing plants in garden containers, that is, if you want flowers to bloom well and your fruits, herbs & veggies to produce a bountiful harvest, you have to be an attentive & efficient waterer!

When asked " How often should I water my plants" there is no easy answer.  It always involves several factors.

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1.  Consider Location:  Planted pots under eaves or a dense tree may be deprived of rain. Stand next to your containers and look up, can you see the sky?  Obviously pots on a covered porch must receive all their water from you because they are out of the rain. All containers placed in full sun need frequent watering plus consider if the surface they are on is concrete.  If so they will dry out faster than a wood deck which tends to stay cooler.  Pots near a light colored, south facing wall, which reflects light & heat will dry out faster than those farther away.

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2.  Climate & Weather:  Climate is determined by where you live.  If you live in Seattle where it is humid and has a lot of rain, watering isn't a constant chore. In drier, hotter areas like Phoenix, watering would be a daily even twice daily chore.  Weather is what is happening RIGHT NOW!  Pay attention. Hot winds on cloudless days can dry out a hanging pot in a matter of minutes.

3.  Pot Type & Color: The porosity of containers influence how much water evaporates through it's sides.  Terracotta is meant to breathe and is more porous than a poly resin or concrete planter.  Lighter colors also reflect sunlight and dry out more slowly than darker colored ones, which absorb heat.

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4.  Soil Variations:  Potting soils used in containers are formulated for good drainage, which means they dry out quickly. So read the bags when visiting your local nursery or check back on this blog for recommendations in future posts.

5.  Root-boundedness:  Plants grown in containers have roots that become more crowded as it grows.  This requires more water. At this stage it is easy to over water plants. As plant roots continue to grow the organic matter in the pot mix breaks down, the containers more roots than soil.  The plant is root bound and the root ball can be difficult to keep moist.  The is the time to transfer to a larger planter.

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Whether you have experienced any of the conditions listed above or something we may have missed, don't hesitate to comment here.

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Post Last Updated: 3/1/2017 3:41:30 PM 

Choosing The Right Plant For A Pot



Choosing the right plant for your pot.

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When choosing a plant to pot up a great tip to keep in mind is to select a plant that highlights the strength of the pot and creates a balance.  

Check how fast the plant grows.  You don't want to put a fast growing plant in an undersized container.  It will become root bound and needs to be re-potted within a year.  You can continue to trim it but it will look like a small sock on a big food.  Out of place!

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Check out the root system.  Is it trailing or short and stubby.  Make sure there is room to handle those roots without over crowding. Herbs tend to travel so make sure that you keep them in smallish containers and keep them trimmed that way they won't take over the whole yard but stay contained in the planter.

Short on cash?  How about using plants already around the yard. Bedding plants look good in containers.  Know where you will put the planter once it's planted?  Find plants that will like the amount of sunshine the pot will get.  This is important because a shade loving plant will not like being potted and placed in an area where direct sunshine will hit it.

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Try using ground cover from around the yard to pot.  Forget-me-knots or campanula which tends to be invasive.  Do you plants bloom in colors.  Try limiting a container to one color for a unified look.  If you are into a more eclectic look then pack all colors into one pot and have an explosion of color to view.  

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Harmonizing plants?  Well, it's pretty much up to you.  Do you really like one type of plants like succulents, cactus, flowering greens or all green and no flowers?  The more complimentary the planters look the more natural the grouping will appear. 

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Post Last Updated: 1/3/2017 3:56:23 PM 

Double Duty Potted Plants



Double Duty Potted Plants

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Listed below are a few types of houseplants that can do double duty by coming indoors for Winter and moving outdoors for Summer.  We fondly refer to them as Indoor-Outdoor Plants!

These double duty potted plants add a lively touch to your indoors during the Winter months.  Bring them in and place in a sunny window and they will add a green, pleasing touch to your interior decor.  When summer rolls around it's time to move them outdoors.  This will encourage new growth and help keep the plants healthy and happy.

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Listed below are the plants that will do best in this type of dual environment and they are diverse in color and styles.  A few points to remember is to take care when watering.  Once outside the soil tends to dry out faster so you will need to water more.  Once you move the potted plants back indoors be sure to wash each plants leaves to remove pests.

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Here is the list:

Ficus - They like large plant containers so there is plenty of room. Use a good potting mix and let the soil dry out between watering. Fertilize in Summer.  Sometimes they may drop their leaves from the shock of moving but they should come back in a few weeks time once stable.

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Ferns - So lovely and many different types.  Plant in lightweight potting mix, keep soil moist not soggy.  Mist leaves regularly especially when indoors.  They like a humid atmosphere.  Fertilize in Spring or Summer

Palms - When potted these plants are fetching with graceful fronds and long branches.  Young palms do best indoors to start, and when more mature they can tolerate being outdoors during warmer weather. Use a large pot or planter since they tend to take up space. Lightweight potting soil is best.

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Philodendron - The office potted plant of champions.  Don't you see these everywhere?  Well they are tough and have nice big heart shaped leaves that are awesome.  Plant in a large planter to make sure they have room to grow.  Bring indoors in Autumn. It likes the warm house and bright indirect light.  When outdoors potted philodendron like a sheltered location from wind and direct sunlight.

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Well we hope this entry gave you something to think about.  Why not decorate indoors and outdoors using the same plants and garden planters.  It saves money & time!
 
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