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Baskets of Blooms.


Add height to your garden with baskets of color draping under arbors, porches, fences, windows & walls.
What we would like to share here are a few tips on how to plant into these baskets:

To get a full, ball effect, choose compact, bushy varieties of annuals.  When mixing a variety of plants, the most important quality of a hanging bouquet is it's trailing habit, covering the sides of the container with blooms or green foliage.


Plant taller varieties in the center and those with trailing or vining habits around the edges.

Enhance the spherical shape by pinching off the main shoots of the plants when they reach the desired height.  This simple chore encourages growth of side shoots.  Rotate the hanging container regularly.


Once a week is best for rotation so that all flowers receive equal exposure to sunlight.  Be vigilant about deadheading spent blooms and pinching leggy plants.  Check moisture often especially on hot days.
With a little planning ahead and few weekly duties, your hanging baskets will be beautiful and successful.
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Post Last Updated: 4/4/2017 3:09:14 PM 

Just One Pot.


Just one garden pot can hold an entire garden in miniature, a world of plants as visually compelling as a mixed bed and yet far easier to manage.  That really is the beauty of containers.  You don't need a big space to make a huge impact.  What you do need of course are fantastic garden containers of different sizes, styles and colors.


There are so many different varieties to choose from in today's marketplace.  Terracotta which is traditional, poly-resin for weight, concrete for durability and much more.  When it comes to selecting the plants to pot then you need to make sure you get the ones best suited for the area you are going to place the potted container in.
When planting in the Southwest you can always go with the super durable cacti and succulents.  A spiky aloe vera is lovely and grows rather large in most containers.  For best drainage make sure the potting soil is formulated for cacti and not just ground dirt.


Make sure your containers have drain holes so the roots aren't sitting in standing water, which will rot them and use a granular slow release fertilizer at planting time.  Water just once a month or so and you will have great success.

If you live in the Northwest part of the states you can use a variety of colors and forms in your potted containers.  Feathery branches and variegated shrubs add lots of texture and design.  Pot hits of color with dark and brights shades of red or burgundy.  An initial handful of slow release fertilizer is all you should need to get the most out of your colorful burst.

Midwest folks can use larger container that over-flow with flowering plants. The routine for these kinds of mixes include watering daily if necessary to keep the blooms full and bursting with color.  Balance with a liquid fertilizer and keep plants pruned so that they don't become root bound.  Simply lovely.

Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 3:40:16 PM 

Designing With Containers.

Here are a few simple tips to help when thinking about what type of potted containers you are going to tackle for your yard or garden areas.
Grow the tastiest and most nutritious fruits right on your deck or patio.  Start by planting a dwarf peach tree in a wooden box or terracotta pot.  Add three strawberry plants, and then dress it all up with a bunch of annual flowers.  Sit back and enjoy luscious berries in spring, peaches in summer and flowers all season long.  Nice pot eh?
Forget trying to get grass in shady areas.  Plant a rustic pot with shade loving fuschia, ferns and impatients.  Then sit back in a comfy chair with a glass of lemonade and watch your neighbors mow their lawns.


Lastly, does your porch lack pizzazz?  Fill a plain container with ivy, bright faced pansies, sapphire lobelias, and wine red geraniums.  In just a few weeks, the pot will be stuffed with blooms, enticing passerbys to stop and admire your creativity.
If you are ready for something different or more challenging, we offer lots of ideas right here in the Arizona Pottery Pottery Post Blog.  You can follow our simple instructions and ideas and delivery yourself with your newfound green thumb.


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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 7:36:28 AM 

Abundant Indoor Blooms

Success with African violets and their cousins depends on consistent moisture and light.  Everyone loves African violets for potted indoor flowers, but you may want to try some of their relatives.  Read more below.....


There is not a big difference between growing potted plants outdoors versus indoor, except that the ones inside tend to be mostly greens and very few flowers.  Violets tend to be the exception.  Most varieties come from tropical climates so they love the indoor temperatures and warmth.  When people think of violets they tend to think about how difficult they are to grow.  Well, that's not the case at all.


There are many points to consider when growing African Violets in lovely garden pots.  A main consideration is the color of the blooms.  They come in so many shades that it is difficult to select just one.  The green foliage is also varies depending on the plant that you select.  You may want to contrast the color of the bloom with a colorful pot.  Example: purple bloom with bright pink planter. 


When it comes to space needed these plants are easy.  They usually never get any larger than a foot wide.  Which ever size you go with just make sure that the planter pot provides enough room since they don't like to be cramped.  When it comes to watering you don't want to over water so use a water gauge if necessary.


During the winter, most homes with forced air or any other drying heat source has relative humidity of 15% or less, ver close to levels found in a desert.  Misting plants by hand offers only temporary results, and mineral deposits in the water will leave spots on the leaves.

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Post Last Updated: 1/2/2017 2:32:14 PM 

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