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Pests & Diseases on Container Plants



You just got your first home, apartment or condo.  And you are excited!!!  You want to bring some potted plants inside to help decorate and add a living touch to the décor and you want some larger pots on the patio or porch to add color, texture and a homey touch.

Hate to burst your excitement but one thing to consider is the possibilities of bugs or disease that you may have to deal with.  All living plants when potted in soil have the potential to have issues.


The key here is knowledge.  Once you learn about the plants you want to pot and the potential of bugs you can deal with problems before they get out of hand.  Here are a few tips:

Choose plants that are resistant to common pests.  Read the label on the plants.


Try to grow healthy plants.  Know the water, sunlight and fertilizer needs.  All potted plants need these.

Keep the garden containers clean and dirt free.  Keep the plants dust free with a damp cloth and gentle hand.


When necessary pick the individual type of pesticides.  Or find natural ones you can make yourself.

Try to water on the potting soil directly and not on the plants leaves.  Make sure the pottery is draining properly.


If you can follow these few simple steps, your potted containers should be lovely, healthy and bug free.

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Post Last Updated: 10/10/2023 2:25:53 PM 

Are Your Potted Plants Thirsty?


Do you like it when you get thirsty?

Well neither do your potted plants.  These garden containers are at your mercy when it comes to getting enough water to drink. You get to decide if they in need of clean water or if it’s time to back off so that the roots are not being drowned in too much water.


If these same plants were growing in the ground instead of in a flowerpot they would not need as much care.  But all potted plants need your attention.  Being inattentive will only cause sickness but death of these living plants and nobody wants that.


There are many things to consider when deciding how much or little to water a potted plant.  The location and how much sun it will get, what type of plants or flowers are potted.  Is the weather hot or rainy or cold and winter.  Is your planter deep or shallow, are the plants roots short like cacti or long and evasive like herbs.


If after reading the tag on the plant when you purchased it you still need help. Consider purchasing a water meter.  You simply stick the metal skewer into the potted plants soil and the meter tells you everything you need to know.


Don’t ever think you can ignore your potted containers.  They will need your attention whether the pottery is located inside or outside.


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Post Last Updated: 10/10/2023 11:14:40 AM 

Choosing A Garden Planter

How to choose the correct garden planter?

One of the joys of gardening or decorating your porch or patio is the chance to express your artistic side.  You get to select the container you will be using, the plants & soil you will be using.  All the fun stuff for sure!

But, when it comes to selecting your gardening container, planter pot or decorative vase, you first must consider the plant materials.
Roots need oxygen and so they need room to grow and drain correctly.

The best place to start is with the plants.  Each plants nursery tag will tell you how large they will grow, how far to space them and the types of soil they like best.  You need to know this when choosing a pot.

Then you can choose the correct potting soil & fertilizer mixes.  Make sure you follow the instructions on the plant to have the most successful chance of growth and blooming.  Also, make sure you purchase enough to fill the size of planter you have.  You can also fill the bottom of the planter with pot filler so that you won't need as much soil and it will make the garden planter lighter.


And of course, you save the best part for last!  Selecting the correct garden container to plant it.  Now is the time to look at all your options.  What goes best with my outdoor decor, how large do I need?  Does the garden planter have a drain hole?  

Some basic information to consider when choosing a flowerpot is:

Terracotta:  Made of clay, healthy because it breathes.  Low fired so it will break down over time in the sun and from chemicals in water.

Glazed:  Clay that is glazed and then high fired for a durable finish.  Long lasting, colorful but will crack in freezing temps or from being bumped.


Concrete:  Durable, color choices, finish choices, heavy & hard to move.  American Made.  Formed in a mould and cured.

Sandstone:  A dry pack concrete mix that is hand packed into a mould.  Durable, can handle freezing temps.  Choice of colors.


Poly Resin:  Lightweight, commercial grade plastic.  Will never fade, chip, warp or crack.  32 colors to match all outdoor decor.  American Made and holds up to all weather conditions.


Hope these tips will help making the purchase of a home and garden yard planter easier and more fun.

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Post Last Updated: 8/21/2023 3:40:18 PM 

New Gardening Trends For 2023

New Gardening Trends for 2023

After a pandemic when we were all stuck at home, we are now starting to see folks getting more interested in fixing up their gardens and planted containers around the house. Everything now points to the interest in gardening showing no signs of slowing.


Some Home Grown Wonders - Now that container gardening is on a rise you see more folks planting a flowerpot with food items. Herbs, small veggies like scallions, & cherry tomatoes. Perfect vegetables for smaller container for a balcony or apartment living situation. Carrots, edible flowers, lettuce and greens. Tired of spending money at the grocery store for cut flowers?  Grow flowers in a flowerpot.


You can plant them in a terracotta flowerpot on your porch or patio. If you harvest them a bit at a time they can last a season. Or try planting two types in the same pottery that grows at different times. That way you will have blooming flowers a full season. Living in a smaller setting like a mini house or penthouse?


Flowerpots are the perfect answer for small spaces. You can use one large window box, small standard pots or stacked flowerpots. Place them on a patio or balcony, or indoors next to a window. Grow something fun and it will bring a satisfaction that you may have missed during the pandemic.

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Post Last Updated: 8/21/2023 3:40:27 PM 

Add Leftover Morning Coffee To Houseplants


Didn't finish your morning coffee?
Give it to your houseplants.

When you fix that one cup of morning Joe that you look forward to every day and then get interrupted and it doesn't get finished.  Don't pour it down the drain, because someone in your house can still use it.

Coffee is helpful to your potted houseplants, adding nutrients and minerals to the potting soil.  It contains nitrogen, potassium and magnesium which can help your plant as much as fertilizer.

Some obvious tips are to let the coffee cool to room temperature. You potted houseplants do not want or can use hot coffee which would damaged the potted plants roots.  Secondly use black coffee.  The healthy plants don't want or need any additives like cream or half & half.  You can always dilute the coffee with water to tone it down a bit.  The container with plants will thank you for that!

Lasty, try not to do this long term on a regular basis.  In doing so it could thru the pH balance of the potting soil off and kill your plant.  You can always use a pH monitor to check this.

This is a fun and useful way to use your left over coffee.  Just proceed with caution.

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Post Last Updated: 8/22/2023 10:07:52 AM 

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