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Maintaining A Potted Garden



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Here are a few easy tips on how to maintain your potted garden.

Even though choosing to pot up your plants, trees & flowers is physically easy taking care of them properly take certain actions.  You must be vigilance when it comes to grooming, watering & fertilizing

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Grooming tips - Keep floral dead flowers removed.  It not only makes the plant look better but it encourages them to flower again.  If the foliage looks like it is growing out of shape or off on one side, cut back the branches so they look better and not knarly.  Use small scissors to keep any topiary looking trimmed and leaves & stems from poking out.

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Watering Schedule -  When it comes to when and how long to water your potted garden it really depends on the weather conditions you find yourself experiencing.  If it's really hot outside you need to water every day.  Soak the potting soil till completely moist and water comes out the drain hole of the planter.  If it's cooler weather you should water every other day or so depending on the weather.  Light colored containers hold water longer.  Terracotta is porous so it seeps out faster and needs to be watered more often.  A poly resin planter holds water longer.

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Fertilizing -  It's always easiest to water your garden containers at the same time you water.  When it's warmer and your plants are blooming, fertilize when you water the plants every two weeks or so.  As the weather cools use less fertilizer.  Remember that the potting mix starts out with fertilizer already in it but that will run out eventually, depending on how much you water, how large the pot etc....

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Knowing when and how to take care of your potted garden makes the job so much easier and enjoyable.  As the garden season ends you may have to move some planters to a shed or garage for protection.  Cut down the plants that require it and understand that when the season is over for some annuals it's over and all you can do is take them out of the pots and compost them.  Store you garden containers indoors till next Spring when you can bring them out, wash them and plant again.

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Good Luck,

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Post Last Updated: 6/20/2018 9:28:25 AM 

Indoor Tropical Plants



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Everyone loves potted indoor plants.  There are so many kinds of plants that do well indoors but today we are going to talk specifically about tropicals.  Potted tropical plants are pretty easy to grow indoors and require little attention.  When you would love to bring a touch of paradise to your home then give these potted indoor tropicals a chance.

Of course it bears repeating that if you have small children or pets in your home you need to research or contact your poison control center to make sure that the plants you pot and place in your home are safe.

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Palms:  Palms are stunning when potted and placed in your home. They range from small pygmy size to large impressive sizes that can fill out a empty corner where color, size, and some life is required. Potting them up in colorful planters will add that tropical touch that you may desire.  We like the Miami Vice look of using monochrome planters like white or black with palms to create a contemporary and modern look.  Potted palms like warm air but not drafts.  They like moist soil but not sitting in water.  Don't over water and keep in sunny spot.

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Bird of Paradise:  Talk about impressive!  These plants are easy to grow and don't require a lot of fuss but boy are they elegant. With or without the colorful bird shaped flowers these plants have large fan like palms.  Flat, wide leaves bring you back to Cleopatra days where they were used to fan the queen.  Perfect to adding a deep green to your homes interior and a tropical feel to the decor.  Make sure they have lots of light and space.  You will need to repot yearly if you have space because they grow rapidly.  Use a poly resin planter if you prefer to replant every other year.  They are flexible and have some give that will let you extend the potted life of the plant.

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Philodendron:  These are pretty common as a potted indoor plant. When the plant gets larger the leaves turn into a split leaf saucer shape that is balancing on the stem.  Just stunning!  Warm without drafts, moist but not sitting water and misting every couple of days will keep these high humidity plants happy.  Wipe the saucer leaves with warm water to keep free of dust and mites.  You will have to transplant every other year so make sure you have the room.  Since these are dark green with huge flat leaves, try using terracotta or tuscany clay planters. The clay will breathe creating a healthier environment for this potted palms root system.

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So don't let the fact that you don't live in a tropical climate stop you from creating your own indoor potted paradise.  Do your research, find the perfect spot.  Pick our amazing potted to act like the foundation of your palms and give it a go.    

Potted tropical plants are elegant,amazingly beautiful, large and impressive and will always add a sense of luxury and drama to your home.
 
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Post Last Updated: 9/25/2017 9:43:44 AM 

Potted Olive Trees



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Have you ever thought about growing an olive tree in your living room?  Well, it's not that difficult.

We have seen lots of different kinds of plants, trees or flowers to grown in garden containers indoors but the Mediterranean look of a olive tree in a terracotta flowerpot can't be beat for beauty.  There are versions that will grow up to 2 feet tall and other more hardy ones that grow to 6 feet tall so make sure you get the size you can use.

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These look stunning when set near a sunny window where it's soft, grey green leaves will flourish.  Make sure you get a planter that is large enough to hold a good size root system and where the roots will not be cramped.  Terracotta is a lovely, earthy look but a brightly colored glazed planter also looks perfect.  You can use poly resin, concrete or sandstone garden planters also.

Olive trees are a symbol of peace and abundance and make a great housewarming gift. If you can't find them at your local nursery or landscape center you will find them online at a mail order source.  You will also find topiary trees that look wonderful when potted and placed indoors.

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Here are a few basics to remember:

The trees need at least 6 hours a day of sunlight in a south facing window.  When the top of the soil feels dry it's time to water thoroughly.  Work a slow release, all purpose fertilizer in the soil monthly during spring and summer months.  Each winter keep the tree in a 40 - 45 degree room for at least 2 months with direct sunlight.   Each spring transfer to a larger planter if necessary and trim the tree to shape it.

That is it.  Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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Post Last Updated: 5/3/2017 11:19:03 AM 

pH Soil Testing



 
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We highly recommend testing your potting soil for pH levels.  You ask why?  Well here are a few tips and the importance of staying on top of it.  When you are planning a potted garden, flowerpots around your home or shrubs and trees in large containers it's important to know if your soil is acidic, neutral or alkaline.  Most plants are neutral but others can be fussy and require a more accurate acidic or alkaline base.

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When you bring plant materials home from the local nursery, it's important to know if your potting mix need some help to assure that the correct mix is used in the
 planters  for the best outcome of growth and health.  
Neutral soil will read approximately 6.5 to 7.5
Alkaline above 7
Acidic almost 14

The easiest way to test the soil is by using a probe.  They will come with full instruction and can range around $20.00 These will work for indoor and outdoor containers and potted plants and flowers.  Some require soil being placed into a test tube and adding a powder with water. Others by inserting a probe directly into the soil and get an instant reading.

There are many suggestions on how to amend the soil to get the correct reading on the meter probe so google it for specifics.  Wood Ash, Sulfur, Meal, Vinegar or Baking Soda can all be added to the potting mix for the best results with the garden containers.

Whatever method you decide to follow when planting into pottery, make sure you do a bit of pre-planting to research and adjust the soil to find the perfect blend for you.
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/14/2016 1:19:44 PM 

Let's Repot a Succulent





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As we all know most plants will eventually get root bound when grown in a garden planter.  As a plant grows it's roots want to shoot out and expand.  Eventually they will become intertwined, yearning to break free.  Here are a few tips to help with succulents.

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Turn the succulent over in your hand and gently loosen from the pot that it is root bound in.  Carefully try to spread the roots a bit so that they are moveable and not bound together in a tight ball. Take the potting soil for the new larger planter and mix it with 1/3 sand. Succulents are desert dwellers so good draining soil is a must.

Once the succulents have been re-potted do NOT water.  Wait a week before the first watering.  This will give them time to adjust to the new pot and soil.  Then water like once a month.  It's tempting to over water but trust us they do not like it.  Just make sure that the pot is placed in an area where there is lots of sunshine.  If indoors put them on a windowsill.  Outside move to a sunny area. 

The main goal here is to let them have lots of room to grow, don't over water and place in a sunny window or area.  Sounds simple so let us know how you do!
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/14/2016 1:23:55 PM 

Small Space Container Gardening



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Potting up a flower garden in a planter can bring a lot of happiness to anyone who is limited by space. All you need is a bit of creativity, a wonderful and properly sized pot, great plants, and good potting soil.  Here are a few easy tips.

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Many people today are downsizing their homes. This doesn't mean you have to give up growing flowers.  Working on a balcony or a windowsill, a rooftop garden or a small back porch, can be fun and just as rewarding as a large garden area.

Start by finding out how much weight your balcony can handle.  When it comes to selecting your planter
the bigger the better but no if the weight is going to cause issues.  This is not the place for concrete planters.  Go with clay or glazed or even the lightweight poly resin that is so popular right now.  Just find something that you will love to work with that will provide the right depth for the root systems on the plants you choose to pot.

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Select colors and fragrance of plants that you love.  Make sure the
pot has enough depth and there is enough soil to support the roots.  Try using a combo of planters in different sizes.  Pick flowers that don't take over the whole soil area and that are willing to share with others flowers.  Pot so that the flowers can be seen from all sides or place the planter under a window that opens so the fragrance will come indoors
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If you have space and can support the weight this is a great time to pot up dwarf fruit trees.  All you will generally need is a 10 gallon container.  Make sure the tree gets the sunlight that may be needed.

If you have room use a dolly under the
pot so that you can move it around on the balcony.  This is the time to experiment to find out what works best in the space you have
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Experiment, have fun and don't give up.  Just because you are living in a smaller space doesn't mean you can't grow wonderful things in a lovely pot!
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/15/2016 4:10:48 PM 

Repotting & Potting-Up A Plant!




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Follow this step by step guide to transferring your plant without trauma.  Because plants at garden centers and nurseries are often root bound, and because the soil mixes used are sometimes not ideal, we offer a few tips here that should make a big difference.
 
 30049Many times after bringing home a lush, lovely potted plant from your local garden center or nursery you will need to re-pot immediately for the best growing results.  Many plant require regular potting up throughout their life times.  Taking a plant out of a pot and putting it back in the same or same size container is called re-potting.  Taking a plant out of a pot and putting it into a larger pot is called potting up.  Plants need potting up to keep their roots from compacting, a condition that harms most houseplants.
 
 30050Signs to look for when your plant need to be potted-up is slow growth, quick wilting after flowering, yellow leaves and small new leaves, and roots growing through the drain hole in the base of the pot.  Check the roots of fast growing plants frequently to see if they are compacted.
 30051When potting-up, choose a pot one size larger than the pot the plant is now in.  Make sure it's clean and has a drain hole. Cover the drain hole with pot pads or a shard from a broken pot so the soil doesn't drain out.  Wet the soil the day before removing the plant.  To remove it hold your had against the soil and around the stem, turn the pot upside down and tap the rim surface.

Once it's loose, grasp the plant near the soil and pull gently.  Keep the root ball as intact as possible.  If the roots are tangles, lightly loosen the outer part of the ball with your hands or a knife, being careful not to damage the delicate roots.
 
Place some soil in the new pot, then position the plant on top. Adjust the plant to leave enough room below the rim for easy watering.  Fill with soil around the root ball, burying the plant to the same level.  Tap pot, add soil as needed and then water.
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 2:37:35 PM 

Fragrant & Fruity All Potted




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Have you ever tried to grow a dwarf fruit tree in a garden pot for your patio or deck areas?  Spend just one night sleeping next to a open window on a citrus grove and you will not have to think twice about trying this.  The scent is heavenly.

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Good things really do come in small packages.  Dwarf citrus trees provide all the fruiting capabilities of the full sized ones but stay small because they are grafted on a smaller root stock and kept root bound in their garden pots.  The most difficult issue you will face is trying to decide on which variety to choose from.

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Some of the more popular varieties to pot are the Meyer lemon, which produces juicy, not tart, bright yellow lemons all year long.  The Eureka is the one usually found in supermarkets.

Limes are perfect container plants, especially Key Lime and the larger Bears seedless lime.  Both produce fabulous fruit with a tang that is great for pies.  Don't forget the leaves, they are very fragrant and can be used in Thai and Asian cooking.  Yummy!

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Lemons and Limes are great but don't forget the other citrus plants you can pot and grow.  Valencia and Calamondian Orange.  Tangerine and Kumquat look lovely, smell great even if you don't eat them.  Whatever you decide is fine but consider that you will have to re-pot it into a suitable container.

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One that matches your decor indoors or outdoors.  Pick a pot that is only slightly larger than the root ball and no more than 20" in diameter for bigger trees.  The idea is to cramp the roots and keep them from over growing.  Line the bottom of the pot with regular potting soil, insert the tree and barely cover the root ball with more soil.  Then water thoroughly.  Plan on re-potting every 3 years or so.
 
Expect the tree to drop some leaves initially but they will perk up when they have had a time to rest.  Potted Citrus trees thrive in full sun even though they are tolerant to a wide range of temperatures.  Just avoid extremes.

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Lastly, remember that citrus does not ripen like a tomato.  Most potted trees require 12 months to produce mature fruit.  The best way to test for ripeness is to do a taste test.  Now how bad can that be????
 
Follow the mfg directions on pruning and fertilizing.  Most of all just have fun, enjoy the site, smell and taste of these fun and easy trees.
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 2:39:15 PM 

Grand Kids in the Garden




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Gardening with children especially grand-children can be a wonderful and rich bonding experience.  The older ones can pass along their wisdom and gardening knowledge and the younger ones can have fun playing in the dirt, learning new things and hanging out with their favorite grandparents.
 
We have all read the studies that say being outdoors for young and old can be healthy.  You get the added Vitamin D from the sun, and you can reduce stress and anxiety by just getting away from the TV and computers.

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And, donít forget to leave the cell phone on the charger indoors.  This is not the time to be interrupted.

Plan on making this time spent with your grandchildren fun and not a chore that they won't like.  Playing in dirt with pottery & tools is suppose to be fun not laboring.
Having a child start with seeds or seedling by planting it themselves, then watching it grow into something that is beautiful they can look at, or yummy that they can eat will teach confidence and skills of accomplishments.

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The best place to start is at the beginning when deciding what to grow and plant.  If they are involved in the planning stage they will be more likely to stick with the process through harvesting.

Let them have their own plants or veggies and make them responsible for them.  A good place to go is online or to a book store.  Even Home Depot can be a learning process and a lot of fun.  Let them select small size garden pots so their hands can hold them.  Work with simple pot designs that they can paint or decorate.
 
Teach them about:

Different soil, diseases that can happen, bugs that are beneficial and get them their own kid sized garden tools, gloves, buckets, and planter pots.  Plant herbs, flowers, veggies and fruits.  There are many species that are easy for your particular area and those are best ones to start with.  Ask for advise from the local nursery if unsure.

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Now is the time to nurture them, teach them and have fun with them.  You may not get a second chance!
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/28/2016 3:35:17 PM 

Guide To Re-Potting Garden Planters!




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Roots protruding from a garden planter's drainage hole is a sure sign that the plant needs to be repotted.  Here are a few helpful tips!
 
Most healthy container grown plants will outgrow the confines of their pots.  A good way to reinvigorate a root bound plant is to give it a new home.  The first step is to recognize when it's time to re-pot.  Signs to look for are roots tightly packed or protruding from the pots drain hole, and water sitting on the soil surface to long after watering.  The best time to do the re-potting is when they are actively growing, in the Spring or Summer. 

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Root bound plants should slip out of their pots easily; watering first will help.  If much of the soil falls free of the roots, then plant may not need to be repotted.  Roots should be white or light colored.  Black or dark colored are signs of a serious fungal disease.  Now is the time to loosen the roots to increase nutrient absorption.  Rim the roots and loosen up the ball before replanting either way.  Use a sharp knife or pruning shears removing as much as the bottom third of the plants root ball.
 
The new pots size depends on the plant and its potential growth rate.  Rely on your own idea of what a healthy specimen should look like.  When in doubt go bigger than smaller at least by a size or two.  To keep soil from leaking out the drain hole fill the pot with pot filler.  Put a few inches of moist soil in the bottom and position the plant in the pot, centering it.  The goal is the root ball should sit an inch or two below the new garden container's rim.  Fill the space around the root ball with soil.

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Finally trim the potted plants foliage relative to how much the roots were pruned.  In other words if you take one third of the root ball off then take one third of the top growth off as well.  Water the plant and keep it moist, shaded and cool till it is re-established
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