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Can You Grow Banana In Flowerpots?


Did you have to look twice at this title?  Who can grow a banana in a
flowerpot Well, if you are feeling brave and adventurous and think you would like to give this idea a go, here are a few tips!

Banana is a lush green, fast growing plant that can give any place a tropical look and feel.  Many varieties become excellent houseplants that donít need much care and grow up very quickly.  Dwarf varieties of banana trees can grow anywhere.  Growing a banana tree in a garden planter in a tropical climate is super easy, with little care.  If you are living in USDA Zones 9 to 11, keep the potted tree in the shade in afternoon in summer, when itís young.

Make sure the flowerpot has well, draining soil. Buy a good quality potting mix.  Potted banana trees need slightly acidic to neutral soil to produce potassium rich bananas.  Banana loves moisture.  Water the planter regularly and deeply but donít over water.  In summer, water daily.  In hot weather, water twice a day.  Soil should be moist but not soggy.

Banana Plant likes humidity, so to increase it around the plant, mist it and place a layer of pebbles in the saucer, fill the saucer with water and make sure the pot is not sitting in the water.  The humidity will help.  When the temp outside drops below 50 degrees you need to move the pot indoors.
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Post Last Updated: 8/28/2023 2:21:23 PM 

What Is Wrong With Your Potted Succulents?


Succulents are making a huge comeback right now. Everyone wants them potted on their patio, porch and even indoor garden planters.  The problem is you killed them in a few weeks and you are not sure why.  Here are a few tips on what may have gone wrong.

1.        Giving them too much water:  You are used to watering your potted flowers daily and even enjoy the process.  But succulents are very different.  They can get by with less water than a typical houseplant and are more like a cactus.  The planters soil should be cool and damp to the touch but never saturated or soggy.  Sometimes itís even easier to mist the soil instead of feeding it directly for best results.

2.       The pot is way too small.  Maybe you found a flowerpot that was super cute and you thought it would look great with your succulent planted in it.  Just make sure there is room for the roots to grow.  Itís best to select a garden pot based on the depth being twice as deep as the plant.  Make the width three times as wide.

3.       Is the drainage in the container?  Planting succulents in cute containers like tea cups or a cowboy boot are fun but if they donít have proper drainage the plant will not survive.

4.       Make sure the weather is warm enough.  Donít place the clay planter in a drafty window or out in cold weather.  Keep them in an area that is pretty consistent.

5.       Make sure the planters soil is rich enough.  If not, then stir in some organic matter into the mix.  This way the potted succulents get the feed they need in order to be healthy.

 These are just a few tips but they are very important ones.  

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Post Last Updated: 8/28/2023 2:22:52 PM 

Put Fruits & Berries in Garden Planters


Nothing is better than the fresh, sweet flavor of home-grown fruit and berries.  Even though not all fruit can grow well in the space of a garden
planter, many do really well.

When it comes to selecting the size of planter to use, we go back to the old saying, the bigger planter the better.  You need room for the root system to be able to prevent the plant from becoming root bound.  Eventually all fruit trees or berry bushes will need to be transplanted into the ground.

Many fruit trees are naturally small and perfect for a garden planter.  Dwarf varieties are your best bet. Now is the time to select the container.  You pretty much can go with any material of flowerpots.  Clay, Ceramic, Concrete, Glazed, Lightweight Poly Resin or High Fired Clay will all work.  Like we already said, make sure they are large enough and have drain holes.  You do not want the plants roots to sit in standing water.  Place the pots where they will be located before planting because of the weight.

For the most successful crop, take care to give your potted plants sufficient water and fertilizer.  Keep soil in the clay garden pots moist and never let it dry out completely.   Apply a fertilizer as directed.  With exceptions, most kinds of fruit and berries need at least 6 hrs of sunshine a day to set, ripen and sweeten the crop.

Plant bare root blueberries, strawberries, dwarf citrus like apple, pear, lemon, peach & apricot.  All work really well in garden containers, ceramic garden pottery and garden clay pots.

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Post Last Updated: 8/28/2023 2:36:03 PM 

Thanksgiving Tablescapes


With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we wanted to show you a few super easy tables scapes that we think are wonderful.  Many use garden containers and others you will see you can use whatever you want.  Glass jars, ceramic vases and even a stunning display using no
container at all.

Letís start with this table arrangement shown above.  As you can see the center of the table is dominated with a large garden planter that is over flowing with colorful gourds.  Fill in around the container with green plant materials that bring a realistic touch.  The base of the garden urn is covered with more pumpkins and gourds and dried berries.  This is a large and dramatic look.  By using such bold bright colorful materials, you can stick with clear glass and simple place settings.

Our next idea is a simple thank-full tree.  Have each guest write on a paper leaf what they are thank full for this past year.  Tie each leaf on to a branch of the thankful tree.  To make the tree, collect garden branches and stack them into a lovely vase.  Place the vase into the center of the dining room table.  This creates an inter-active beautiful center scape that is lovely.

This idea is really neat because no garden container is used.  The center of the table is draped with silk fall leaf boughs.  We love the way it drapes over the sides and lands on the ground.  There are a few candles set among the leaves but that is all.  Itís so simple and yet amazing that anybody can re-create this idea.  Easy Peasy!

The final tablescape uses 2 white pineapple vases that are filled with straw.  With the fall leaves draped over the chandelier the table doesnít need any more color.  The white vases add an elegance that is subtle and dramatic.  Using your garden containers, vases & planters make creating a table that is memorable and beautiful is much easier than you think.

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Post Last Updated: 8/28/2023 2:36:55 PM 

Create This Vibrant Garden Planter


Sometimes trying to think of a great plant combination to put together in a garden planter is a bit more difficult then imagined.  You drive over to the local garden center or nursery and just stand there, staring at all the choices.  Over whelming, right?

Well, here are the exact details on how to duplicate this vibrant and dramatic window box.  We name names!

1.  Make sure the window box planter you select is a minimum of 24Ē long.  Fill the bottom of the window box with broken pot pieces, styrene, crushed pop cans or whatever you want to help with the drainage.  Then fill the window box with compost, missing in 3 teaspoons of slow release plant food granules.  Now plant the heliotrope centrally at the back of the window box, gently teasing apart the roots if necessary.  This is your anchor piece. All other plant materials will arrange around this one center piece.

2.  Plant the dahlias in the back corners of the planter with the black grass in the front of the heliotrope.  Now we have some depth happening here that will make the planter look alive and not flat.

3.  Plant the purple verbenas at the back between the heliotrope and the dahlias.  Finish with the red verbenas at the front corners.  This is a large container so it is best to position it before watering.  These plants like full sun so make sure itís in a good spot.  Now water it thoroughly. Do this before placement so that the water doesnít add to the weight of the clay planter when moving it.

The intense purple of the heliotrope usually dominates other plants, but here it is teamed with a selection of equally dramatic colors.  Mixing the purple, dark red and black grass will create a dramatic and intense look that will carry you through the season.

Tip:  Dahlias can be overwintered by digging up the tubers after the first frost, cutting the stems back to 6Ē and drying them off before storing in slightly damp peat in a frost proof shed. Start into growth again in spring and plant out after all danger of frost is past.

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Post Last Updated: 8/28/2023 2:38:00 PM 

Pottery Location, Location, Location


You may have just moved into a new home or you are considering redoing the outside décor at your current home.  Here are a few tips when choosing a location for your garden planters &

Plants have certain needs that should be considered when deciding where to place your ceramic garden pottery.  Do they need full sun, shade, partial sun etc.  That should take major consideration when deciding where the placement of the containers should go.  However, letís say you want 2 planters flanking the front entryway and they are in shade.  Then to have success you will need to consider the plant materials you put in them.  Below are some general tips outside of the plantís needs.

Start by considering the homes exterior color.  Select a garden pot that may have some of the same color tones to create cohesive feel.  Is your home more natural architecture?  Use clay flowerpots for their timeless look and earth tone colors.  Is the home white and you want bursts of color?  Then go with mixed groups of colorful planters.  Mix primary colors like Red, Yellow & Blue and then plant them with a mixture of colorful flowers and plants.


If the home is contemporary, you may be searing for a more stream lined look.  Like concrete cubes or sandstone rectangles.  Available in muted colors these will blend in with the architecture and not draw the eye away from the homes lines.  Stick with one color of flowers, all white, pink, blue.  Create a serene almost Zen quality that will compliment not fill it up.

A window box planter overflowing with trailing ivy is perfect for a more traditional home.  If the home is made of brick, then use colorful flowers to compliment to the mono-toned brick.  Place rectangle planters along the walkway and add evergreens so that they will look perfect thru all seasons.

There are unlimited styles of garden pottery and planters that you can choose for your home.  And, there are unlimited types of plant materials that will work with them.  Just take your time, have fun and finally create the look you have always wanted.

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Post Last Updated: 8/28/2023 2:38:48 PM 

2 Ways To Start A Potted Aloe Vera


Here in Arizona we have a lot of Aloe Vera plants growing naturally.  Seeing these wonderful plants potted and placed on a patio as part of your landscape décor is easy to do.  Growing them in a
pot is easy but starting from an aloe leaf is rather tricky.  Most people will start with an offshoot which tends to be easier to do.

Starting with a leaf is rather difficult because these plants have a lot of moisture and will dry out before they can take root.  But, using an offset is easier.  Find an aloe leaf that is a bit over 3Ē long.  Maybe you have a potted aloe already in your yard or on your patio.  Cut the leaf at the base using a sharp, clean knife.  Try cutting in a downward angle. Place the leaf in a warm place for a film to form over the cut.  Anywhere from a few days to weeks.

Now select the pot you want to use.  Make sure that it has a drain hole.  Most pots will work fine but we recommend you start with a terracotta clay flowerpot.  Terracotta clay is meant to breathe and will start your plant out with the healthiest chance.  Fill the garden planter with cactus soil and dampen it.  Stick the leaf cut side down into the soil burying it by 1/3.

Place the clay garden pot some place warm and sunny and water it with care.  For 4 weeks keep the soil moist. Then wait till soil is completely dry before you water it again. Donít worry if the leaf shrinks and dries while it is developing roots.

Another way is to start with an off shoot.  Smaller than the main plant and has 4 leaves several inches tall.  Follow the directions above for planting.  Make sure the roots are completely covered in soil.  Water enough to make soil damp but not soaking.  Place the pot in a sunny spot and wait one week before you water it again.

Now decide which method is better for you.  But, know that unless you pot these aloe plants they will take over your garden.  By keeping them contained in a garden pot Ė you will be able to decide where you want them to grow.  Good Luck!

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Post Last Updated: 8/28/2023 2:39:33 PM 

Potting Bulbs Now In Clay Garden Pots


Now that Fall is here, people are thinking about family get together, holiday visitors, cooking & gift giving.  Thinking about your garden planters and next Spring is not even a vague notion.  But, as you will read, now is the time to be thinking about planting up your garden bulbs. 

It only takes a bit of planning to assure that next Spring when you least expect it colorful flowers will start shooting up from your garden planters.  So, what is the first step?  How about deciding what flowerpots you want to plant the bulbs in.

Clean out a summer planter or how about purchasing that one pot you have had your eyes on for some time now!  Either way, make sure that the pots you select are deep enough to bury the bulbs into, making sure they are completely covered with potting soil. Azalea pots are shorter than a standard flowerpot but they work well.  A drain hole is also important.  That way the bulbs donít sit in standing water and possibly rot.

Planting fall bulbs in containers is similar than planting them directly into the soil.  Whatís great is that you can really pack a bunch of bulbs together creating a colorful potted display when bloomed.   Try to plant the bulbs 6Ē deep with the pointy end facing up and the roots down.  Group them together for a huge display or space them for a sparse display.  Try to keep the bulb count odd not even.

Cover the top of the clay garden pot with mulch to protect the bulbs while they over winter.  You can use leaves, peat moss, pine needles or a mulch product from your local garden center.  Thatís it.  Not all that difficult.  So, if you plan NOW think about what you will have next Spring!

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Post Last Updated: 8/28/2023 2:40:05 PM 

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