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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
When you think of potted containers around your home or
garden, did you think it would only be in Spring or Summer? Well, with a bit planning you can have
delightful containers around all year.
Spring is the time that bulbs burst into bloom and your flowerpots are overflowing
with color, texture & beauty. If
your patio has staggered pots with bulbs in them, you can create quite the
production. Even if there is some early
spring rain they will still look smashing.
Head to the nursery and find lots of wonderful flowers to pot.
Summer is the season of the potted plants and flowers. Everything is in its colorful prime. Now is the time to highlight your creative
skills. Use all one color in all your
plantersor do you like to mix it up? Go
to any garden center and your senses will burst with excitement. Succulents, flowers, plants, they have so
much to offer. Use eye catching
containers that compliment your foliage choices.
Autumn rolls around and your thought process starts to slow
down. There are many autumn shrubs that
bloom this time of year. Fill your
garden containers with burst of orange, red & yellow. Mums always make a
show this time of year and if you fill a large potwith them, they will reward
you again with amazing color. Now is a
time to use berries in pots. They will
add charm and color to any autumn grouping.
Surround your planters with gourds & bright pumpkins and show your
And then comes Winter. There are winter
flowering shrubs the will look lovely in your pottery. Now is the time to make
sure you are using poly resin, concrete, sandstone or high fired glazed pottery
that can stand the cold. Put up some
evergreens which look lovely this time of year when dusted with snow. Plant a pine or spruce tree and add Christmas
lights to bring some excitement and light to your garden or patio area.
There will always be 4 seasons and only one you. Donít let a season go by without planting in
your garden containers.
Potting up a few varieties of berries can be both healthy, rewarding and tasty! When your sweet tooth rear up, pop a couple handfuls of fresh berries, their sweet-tart goodness helps you resist the urge to eat something unhealthy that's loaded with calories. How about a lush raspberry or blackberry? Both are full of healthy nurtients and easy to grow. Read below if we haven't convenienced your yet!
Blueberries - Toss a few into yogurt with a little honey for a great morning breakfast. They can make even the simpliest of meals special. Out of 60 fruits and vegetables analyzed by Tufts University, blueberries rated highest in the ability to destroy skin damaging free radical with powerful antixodiants like anthocyanins and vitamin C. And with only 80 calories and an impressive 5 grams of fiber per cup, it's no wonder they can help reduce belly fat and risk factors for metabolic syndrome and cardio vascular disease. Pot up a few, place them in a patio planter, and enjoy them.
Blackberries & Raspberries - Try a blackberry smoothie or a tasty bowl of oatmeal with berries. The berries help keep you focused on days when you need to perform and feel your best. Full of folate and vitamin K, blackberries help prevent nerve cell damage in the brain caused by oxidative stress and aging, which can result in memory loss. Potting up berries and placing them on a porch or next to a kitchen door is great for convenience. Raspberries are packed with the mineral maganese and contain 62 percent of the daily value in one cup. They assist the bodys metabolic systems, facilitates optimal thyroid function and regulates blood sugar. Berries are GOOD!
Planting a few berry bushes, in garden planters, is easy to do and a healthy way to keep your family happy. They don't take a lot of work, and the benefits are tremendous. The colors are beautiful and they are decorative and fragrant!
If you have a sunny space on your patio or deck, you have enough room to grow summer veggies.
Containers: Large sizes ranging from 18" to 24" provide plenty of room for roots and don't dry out as quickly as small containers. That translates into healthier plants that yield more produce. Terracotta, poly resin, glaze or high fired pottery all work well. You must have good drainage so think about a saucer with your container for indoor use or pot feet for yourcontaineroutside.
The saucer should be large enough to hold any run off that may occur while watering. The rule of thumb is the saucer should sit on the top opening of the pot and look like a lid.
Because many pots are tapered in style, you can go with a smaller saucer if you prefer that look. However, don't go so small that the saucer defeats it's purpose. Our pot feet can be used to support a container or saucer off the decks surface to make cleaning easier and keeps water from pooling under the pot, causing deck stains.
Premium potting mix is preferred. Press soil firmly around each veggie plant and when finished should be 1" below the containers rim. Water as often as needed to keep soil moist. You can plant 10 to 20 beans, 3 egg plants or peppers or two cucumbers in a single large container. Fill the edges with edible companions like basil.
Have you ever wondered what it must be like to grown you own Mesclun mix of salad greens from seeds in your own garden containers?
We know that today you can find pre-bagged mixes in every grocery store, but nothing compares to the delicious taste, textures and colors of tender baby salads, simply dressed and enjoyed just minutes after they are harvested from your own garden containers. Not only is mesclun fancy and luscious, it's one of the most beautiful and easiest plants to grow!
Depending on your region and time of year, you may find a range of ingredients in a mesclun mix. Lettuces are always featured and other components are included like herbs, edible flowers and savory, tender greens. Start by preparing the soil.
Make sure it's finely worked and has no clumps. Fill a large 18" container with potting soil and make sure it's moist before planting seeds. Pour the seeds into your palm and slowly shake around the top of the container. Try to space evenly about 1" apart if possible. Top the seeds with 1/4" soil or potting mix. Gently water till moist not soggy.
Your crop of mixed salad leaves will grow rapidly and be sweet and luscious if you keep the pot well watered. If you have started from seed, they will come up thickly. If there are bare spots don't worry because the seedlings will grow to fill them in.
Harvest the crop in 35 to 40 days. Your baby potted lettuces should reach 4 to 5 inches tall and be ready to enjoy. If you harvest them by the 'cut and come again" method, they will regrow for several cuttings.
To do this, simply take sharp scissors and shear off a patch of leaves 1 to 2 inches above soil level. After cutting, water the pot well and feed lightly, the cut crowns will regrow fro another harvest.
In the kitchen, gently wash and dry immediately. Chill leaves in the refrigerator, either rolled up in a kitchen towel or in a plastic veggie bag. Enjoy the bounty of your harvest soon after gathering. Dress with a light and simple dressing like a vinaigrette and add fresh chopped herbs just before serving.
Climate plays a role in container gardening because it depends on what you're growing and when your growing it. You don't need to worry about winter if you are into single-season containers. However its still important to know when the weather has warmed up enough in spring so it's safe to set out tender plants that can't tolerate frost.
If however, your containers are filled with permanent plants - perennials, trees, and shrubs - then you need to tune in more carefully to the regions climate. In most cases, winter temperatures are the deciding factor in what will survive in your climate.
A great tip to remember is that growing plants in containers allows you to grow plants that otherwise may not survive in your climate if you are willing to take extra steps to protect them in extreme temps - like moving them to protected spots.
As you already know, container plants are more vulnerable to extreme temps (especially cold) than the same plant growing in the ground. Soil temps rarely drop below the 20's but because of the soils residual heat. The soil in containers can freeze solid when exposed to cold temps. Temperatures that alternate between freezing and thawing post another challenge. On a sunny winter day they soil may thaw and then at night refreeze when the temperatures drop. Once soil freezes again it expands and push plants up out of the soil. This is the time that a ceramic or clay pay will crack.
Knowing the frost dates for your region is kind of like peering into a crystal ball. If you move your containers to a sheltered place for the winter, the plants may being sprouting earlier in spring than they would have had they wintered outdoors. Then, if you bring the plants outdoors before the last spring frost date the chances are good that the new growth will be nipped by frost. To be safe, if overwintering plants have begun to sprout in their sheltered spot, wait until after the last frost date to bring them outdoors.
To be totally successful, you really do need to keep an eye on the weather, especially in fall when cold snaps can threaten warm season plants. We advise you move small containers into a garage or enclosed porch, where temps stay a few degrees warmer than outdoors. Move them back when the threat has passed.
Cover large planters with old sheets, cardboard boxes, or anything that holds heat. Use stakes to prop up the cover to avoid breaking stems. Extend covering all the way to the ground, and secure it around the base of the container to help hold in the heat. Remove covers the next morning once temps warm up to the 50's.