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Let's Talk Citrus in Pots



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Growing a citrus tree in a flowerpot is nothing new.  Gardeners have been doing this for many years.  The attractive and edible fruit make these very popular and wanted by most folks whether they have a home or apartment.  With a sunny window and a bit of space anyone can grow fruit in a garden planter.

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Of course we feel the most important place to start is choosing the correct garden container.  We recommend terracotta of course.  Most terracotta breathes and is very healthy for a plants roots.  It also drains well so it's a healthy choice for moisture control in the soil of pots.  If you decided to use a different type of garden planter that doesn't dry out then you may incur issues.  A citrus trees roots like to dry out between watering's and do not like to sit in moist soil.

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When it comes to the size of the pot believe it or not a citrus plant does not like to be in a huge oversized pot.  They really don't mind being root bound in a planter which we normally don't recommend and this is because they like it and tend to remain healthy.  When selecting a potting mix they aren't fussy.  Just make sure it's well draining  and includes some limestone.

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Most plants but especially citrus require lots of light so place the potted plants in a sunny window or outdoor area.  Bring the planters outside when the weather reaches a 60 degree temp on a regular basis.  Place them in full sun for at least half a day.

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When it comes to maintaining the potted citrus plants water with a light hand.  Do not over water and make sure that the planter drains well after each watering.  It's ok to wait until the plant shows a little wilting even.  When it comes to fertilizing a regular program is the best.  So feed the potted plant when it is actively growing and stop during winter.

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Also when it comes to pruning try to prune only when necessary.  Even if the plant starts to look unsightly hold off until after the first fruit is picked.  In general most potted citrus plants like to be left alone so try your best not to interfere.  And lastly, pick fruit when ripened.  Or if you prefer just leave it alone for a decorative look and wonderful fragrance.  This way they make wonderful houseplants!

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Post Last Updated: 3/13/2018 8:34:24 AM 

Potted Pomegranate Trees



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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.

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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.

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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.

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Well hope these tips help.  If you would like to share your experience we would love to hear from you.  Good Luck!

 
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Post Last Updated: 9/27/2017 10:07:43 AM 

Potted Palms



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When you vacation do you go to the tropics?  Do you love the look and feel of a tropical location?  Well how about potting up some palms to use indoors or outdoors at your own home!  We know it sounds like it would be difficult especially if you live in a location that is not known for having a sunny location, but trust us if you follow a few simple steps even you can duplicate that tropical feel at home.

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There are a  lot of varieties of palms that are sold as houseplants in most home and garden center.  You should be able to find what you are looking for.  Basically they make great houseplants and can stand a bit of neglect but of course will grow their best if treated properly. Potted palms can last many years so make sure you get the style you desire to get the affect you require.  And, remember that potted palms get large so plan on moving it outside during the summer months to enjoy on your patio.

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All palms basically require the same things.   Water, sun, fertilizer. Potted palms can tolerate being under watered but do best in a moist soil, especially during the summer months.  Allow the soil to dry out slightly between watering and dry out a bit more in the winter.  Be careful not to over water.  That is the number one killer.

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When it comes to sunlight palms can handle low light but prefer indirect light or some shade.  If you put them out during the summer make sure to keep the potted palms in the shade.  Soil should be made for potted palms not garden soil.  It needs to include moss or vermiculite to keep it loose and porous.  We suggest purchasing the soil from a garden center that is meant for a palm.

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A garden planter should be large enough to hold the palm but since they don't like to be re-potted we recommend you get one a bit over sized.  Remember that if they become root bound it is not a bad thing for a potted palm.  Use fertilizer for potted palms and watch out for spider mites on the potted palm is indoors.  Any brown spots you can trim off but this is not harmful to the plant it just looks unsightly.

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A potted palm whether indoors our outdoors requires low maintenance and will last for many years.  Now is the time to create that tropical look and feel that you yearn for and a potted palm is the easiest way to do so.

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Post Last Updated: 7/4/2017 12:57:18 PM 

Grow A Tree In A Pot



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You might think the idea of growing a tree in a garden planter is overwhelming.  Where do you start, how does this work?  All good questions that are easily answered.  Growing a tree in a garden pot is not as difficult as it sounds.  Container trees are an easy way to add size, and color to your garden area, patio or porch.  Don't have a lot of room at your home or living in an apartment and want something besides the flowers you find at a local nursery center, then a potted tree is the solution for you.

Of course the most important place to start is selecting the garden planter.  Any planter no matter what it is made from must have a drain hole. Fill the base with pot filler so that the drain hole remains open and doesn't become clogged with soil.  We recommend a light container since the tree itself will add the weight needed to keep it from blowing down.  The lighter weight containers will make it possible to move it around if necessary.

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Make sure the planter is twice the volume of the tree's roots.  Plant it at the same depth as the nursery pot it was growing in.  Use a good potting mix made for trees.  When it comes to watering, fertilizing and care of the tree refer to the tag that comes with tree from the nursery.

We recommend a few types of trees.  They maybe dwarf varieties or just ones that don't mind being potted and tend to do pretty well.

Japanese Maple - Because of their slow growth rate these do well in containers.  With a smaller root system you can limit the size of the planter needed.  Just don't place the pot in direct sunlight or they will burn.

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Dwarf Fig - These are adorable and if you and if you want it to produce fruit get a self-fertile one.  They like the light so place that pot where it will get 7 hrs of full sunlight.  Yellow leaves mean to much sun not over watering.

Olive Tree - These types of trees love pots and lots of sun.  They have a long life so make sure you place the planter in a spot you really like. Once it grows you won't want to have to move it.  If you live in cold then bring it indoors or at least the garage for protections.

Bay Tree - These are really pretty with bright flowers, berries and lush leaves.  They make great topiary trees and love being potted.  Lets the pots soil dry out a bit between waterings.

So, find a large pot that you truly love, take a trip to the nursery and get a nice healthy potted tree and come home and create a look you thought you could never have.

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Post Last Updated: 6/28/2017 8:33:51 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 

Fruit & Berries in Flower Pots



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While growing flowers & veggies in planters can be easy, growing fruit trees & berries take a little more thought.  You will need to become familiar with such things as root stocks, pollination, and climate control.  We discuss all of those items in this blog post.

Growing your own fruit in a garden planter is really fun and rewarding. Nothing tastes better than homegrown fruit picked at peak ripeness. Imagine the pleasure of adding a handful of berries to your morning cereal or making an apple pie with fruit from your potted tree.

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Many types of fruits and berries  adapt nicely to growing in containers. Plant breeders continue to develop compact varieties especially suited to garden pottery, and they have many advantages as well.  Probably the most important point is the mobility that container planted trees provide.  If frost threatens, you can move your fruit trees under cover for some protection.

Before you get started on this fun adventure - you need to learn a few fruit gardening terms and concepts that will keep coming up. Remember how pollen moves from the male part of the flower to the female part, fertilizing it and causing fruit to grow?  Well some fruit trees like Peach have compatible male and female flower parts.  This means if you plant a peach by itself it will produce fruit.

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Other fruits including apple & blueberries produce more quantity if they are cross pollinated.  This means they receive pollen from another variety.  You can still grow one blueberry or apple plant and get some fruit but you will get a lot more if a different variety grows nearby.

The root stock is the below grow portion of the plant.  The scion is above ground.  If grown on their own roots get huge.  Much to big for a container. But, if grown on dwarfing root stocks they are ideal for planters.

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When it comes to selecting planters make sure they are large enough with a drain hole in the bottom. In fact the more holes the better.  You don't want to be re-potting your trees every year.  Terracotta is always best because it breathes and is the best for air circulation around the roots.  However, terracotta is meant to break down over time so it never hurts to go with a glazed or high fired planter.

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Post Last Updated: 2/28/2017 9:38:26 AM 

Create A Living Christmas Tree!



 Make a indoor Christmas Tree by planting it in a garden container


The days of silver foil Christmas trees are over and people are once again returning to real trees.  The most real tree of all is a living tree, roots and all, that you can plant outdoors after the holiday. In all but the warmest parts of the country, you will be looking at hardy evergreens – such as spruce, fir and pines – which are sold potted in containers, or balled and bur lapped.

If you have the yard space, it’s very rewarding to plant a tree each year and be able to look back and reminisce as the tree grows saying “We go that tree the year you were born.”

Live trees are not inexpensive so before you head out consider the following…..

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Size:  Think small.  Really small.  If you are use to a 7” tree commanding a quarter of your living room, think again. First of all subtract at least 18” from the height of the tree for the root ball – in other words, you would be decorating a 5’ tall tree.  Then consider that you would need half a football team to carry the tree inside the house.  A tree that size may weigh 100 pounds or more.  Also, think about the pot that you are hoping to plant in.  We suggest moving the planter into the home first and then setting the live tree inside once you have it positioned where you want it.  Be prepared to move the potted tree outside once the holidays are over.

2. Time spent indoors:  Evergreen trees don’t go completely dormant in winter, but they come close to it.  If you bring the tree indoors for a month, it will start to break dormancy.  Then when you plant it outside in January it may suffer freeze damage.  Plan to keep it indoors for a week and no more than 10 days, preferably in the coolest room out of direct sunlight.

3. Future size:  Most spruces, firs and pines get big, really big as in 50 to 100 feet tall. Can you yard accommodate such a large tree?  You can keep the trees in the original container for a few years, but they will soon outgrow even the largest planters.

4. Containers:  This is not the time to plant directly into the pot unless you plan on moving the whole potted tree onto the patio or porch.  The best laid plan is to select a garden planter that you can just drop the tree directly into that is large enough and not tapered. That way the tree will go to the bottom of the pot. If it’s to tapered you will have a huge gap at the bottom.  Also, try to go with a glazed pot that will not absorb water and possibly have the drain hole plugged.



 
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Post Last Updated: 12/15/2016 8:50:38 AM 

Let's Pot A Evergreen Tree!



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Container Trees

Container cultivated trees, modest in size, yet still tall enough to look dramatic, can easily enhance an entryway, patio or balcony.  Many potted trees stage seasonal drama when they turn into blazing colors for Autumn, or flowering pink blossoms for Spring.  With proper care most trees in garden containers will prosper.

One tip to remember is when selecting the pot to plant the tree into make sure it’s large enough.  Any container will stunt a tree’s growth and limit the height it can achieve.  We recommend using a concrete planter, glazed planter or high fired clay planter.  Unless you plan on re-potting a terracotta container is two fragile and is meant to break down over time.  These types of garden planters would not be suitable for the trees listed below.

PICCA – spruce:
A long time favorite for container gardening, these evergreens are perfect for potting. Dwarf varieties are great choices.  A dwarf Alberta Spruce is covered in soft grayish green needles and grows very slowly so it will fit the container for many years.  You can pot these trees any time of year.  Once of the things we love is that they stay green all year.  If you use a large enough planter you can add colorful flowers around the base in Spring and Summer to add color.

PINUS – pine:
Very similar to the spruce this group of trees has hundreds of choices.  Bristlecone pine, Shore pine, Japanese Black pine, and Mugho pine are just a few.  With proper care these potted trees can last up to 10 years or more.  You can also plant them any time of year and even use them for living Christmas trees.  Each on listed above require a larger or extra large  planter and we again recommend concrete, poly resin, glazed or high fired clay.

Potting a tree is not hard. Just do you research on the variety and what size of pot you will need and you will be blessed with a tree that is forever green!

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Post Last Updated: 12/15/2016 9:47:52 AM 

January 2014 Checklist!



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What to plant this time of year?  Just when everything looks bleak and bare we have some good suggestions for still getting out there and working the yard!

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Bare root deciduous fruit trees - continue planting them thru February. Encourage reliable fruit tree harvest by choosing varieties that require less then 400 hours of chilling, a normal period of cold weather necessary for trees to produce fruit.

Proven performers include 'Anna' and "Dorsett Golden Apple".  Gold Kist Apricot, Santa Rosa Plum, Tropic Snow white flesh peach and Wonderful Pomegranate.  Plant them in decorative glazed planters and stage them around your patio area, for color and fragrance.  Yummy!

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Transplant easy to grow sun lovers such as calendula, dianthus, gazania, marigold, pansy and viola.

There is still time to sow cool season culinary favorites such as beets, bok choy, carrots, chard, collard and mustard greens, endive, green onions, lettuce, leeks, peas, radishes, spinach and turnips.

Transplant broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower into new larger planters.  Sow or transplant cilantro, dill, garlic, parsley, and thyme.  Use decorative containers to add a bit of pizzazz to your garden or patio area
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Prune as needed now.  Spruce up shade trees, conifers and summer blooming shrubs by removing dead, diseased, broken, crossed or weak branches

Cut back established roses by one third.  Wait to prune heritage roses until after spring blooms.  Hold off pruning first tender potted plants like citrus, hibiscus, natal plum and bougainvillea.  Just take your time and keep working it and you will have great success and beautiful potted plants.

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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 1:16:50 PM 

Indoor Trees



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Since the weather outside is still frightful, we would like to concentrate on what is happening inside!  How do your indoor plants and trees look?  Are they in need of re-potting with an updated planter or a change of color?  Here are a few suggestions for indoor trees and plants like jade, yucca and ficus.

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Did you know that you will sleep deeper with a potted jade plant in your home?  The potted jade bonsai evergreen is very low care and it needs moderate direct light (setting it on a south or west facing windowsill during th day provides enough) and infrequent watering.

If leaves crinkle or fall off you may be over watering.  Their leaves are deep green and look lovely in a terracotta pot or a light color planter for contrast.

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Ficus tree's main requirement is consistency, so they do well in a living or family room where the temperature, humidity and light conditions remain relatively static.  Put the potted tree near or across from a curtained north or east facing window so it can get the moderate, indirect light it needs while being protected from drafts.

(All potted ficus trees drop their leaves when adapting to a new environment, so don't worry)  Did you know that potted ficus trees filter out toxic formaldehyde, which can be found in furniture glues and cleaning products?

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Unlike many trees, the spineless yucca can adjust to drastic changes in temperature, making it well suited for a foyer.  Potted yuccas also prefer direct sunlight like a front hall with a south or west facing exposure can be the perfect location.

These potted trees are drought resistant, so be sure to let them dry out completely between waterings.  Browning leaf tips is a common sign that they are getting to much water.

Studies show that potted yucca trees significantly lower indoor carbon dioxide levels, which help reducs stress and boost focus. Who knew?
 
 
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