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At Arizona Pottery we have always loved sharing tips on all the different types of fruits and vegetables you can grow is garden containers.  Today we would like to offer a few tips on potted peaches.

As with any potted fruit tree there are many things to consider.  Whether to buy a bare root tree or a potted tree, the right kind of tree, the pot to plant the tree into, fertilizer and weather conditions etc.  We think you get the idea here.  Since we don’t have enough space to cover every thing to consider we thought we would hit a few highlights.

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First, decide what type of peach tree you want.  Remember when looking to pot a tree you need to consider a dwarf style.  These will grow to a height of 6 feet and still produce full size fruit.  This way they won’t outgrow your garden pot and need repotting.

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When selecting a tree we love the lightweight poly resin planters that we sell. They come in huge sizes, 32 colors and are easy to move.  Place the pot you select where you want to keep it.  Fill the bottom of the container with gravel for good drainage.  Then add loamy compost soil half way up the side.  Place the new tree into the planter and fill in with top soil.

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Make sure you place the garden container in a spot that gets full sun with protection from cold winds.  You will need approximately 7 or more hours of sun a day.  We think a potted tree that is started at a local nursery is the easy way to go. Then all you need to do is take it home and repot it into a decorative garden planter that matches your home and landscape décor.

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Lastly, when it comes to taking the best care of your potted peach tree we suggest googling the best way to prune and fertilize the tree.  There is no point in making this kind of investment of time and money if you don’t take care of all the little details. 

How many folks do you know that have a potted peach tree in their yard or patio area?  Well you can be the first by following the above easy directions.

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Post Last Updated: 10/24/2018 12:35:49 PM 

18 Fruits You Can Grow In Garden Containers



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Everyone dreams about growing fruit trees in garden containers.  How fun to see them grow, pick them when they are ripe and eat them in all their fresh deliciousness.  Imagine how fresh, no pesticides, how fresh no sitting in a truck and being transported these fruits will be.

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You can grow a vase selection of fruits in garden containers.  Tree fruits, citrus & tropical fruits can all be grown not only in garden planters but indoors.  If you are up to the challenge growing your own food can be so rewarding. And, cheaper!

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The first place to start is always finding a garden container.  Always go for planters with drain holes, make sure the planter is large enough and find containers that meet your decor needs.  Next is to learn how to maintain the type of fruit you choose and then find seeds or starter plants.

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Below is the list of the ones recommended for containers:

Tree Fruits:
Apples
Kumquats
Avocado
Blackberries
Blueberries
Pomegranate
Cherries
Figs
Pears

Citrus Fruits:
Dwarf orange
Grapefruit
Tangerines
Meyer Lemons
Limes

Tropical Fruits:
Banana
Pineapple
Papaya
Guavas


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Post Last Updated: 7/26/2017 3:30:41 PM 

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 

Put Fruits & Berries in Garden Planters



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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.

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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.

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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: 12/8/2016 3:40:33 PM 

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 

October Around The House









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It's hard to think about spring coming but now is the time to start planning and purchasing bulbs.  Gather the pumpkins and create a welcoming display and plant your pansies.  All fun and easy things to do this October in your home, garden or yard!
 
 30036-BulbsFall is the time to start planting bulbs such as daffodils, snowflakes, and Spanish bluebells.  These spring blooms are some of the best perennials for all gardens.  They are drought tolerant and long lived and will multiply in your yard.  Plant them in a spot that will receive at least six hours of sun a day while the leaves are green.

They can take a bit of dappled light but won't bloom in shade, so take heed.  These bulbs like soil that is loose and well drained.  Set bulbs twice as deep as they are tall, and water well after planting.  Buy your bulbs at a local nursery or online and of course select a lovely new garden planter from us
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Gather the pumpkins.  These are so popular in October, and are found at local farmers markets, grocery stores and roadside stands.  The new heirloom pumpkins are great is pastel colors and sizes.  Select ones that are firm and unblemished.

Keep them cool and dry and they should last for months.  A popular look this year is the pumpkin stack using a garden urn or garden planter with feet.  Use varied sizes and colors and create a fantastic entry piece.  Just stacking pumpkins, colorful garden mums in orange, or red planters is lovely
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 30037-Potted-PansyPlant your pansies.....Adding fall flowers to your garden containers and flowerbeds now allows roots to get established before cold weather sets in, so don't delay.  Place transplants in a sunny spot in rich, well draining soil.  When planting in pots, good drainage is very important also.  Be sure the pot has drain holes.  Try cold tolerant pansies like Plentifall.  Other flowers to plant now include dianthus, snapdragons, calendulas, and discias.
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 2:38:04 PM 

Designing With Containers.




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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.

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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 

Veggies & Fruits together potted.



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Combining veggies and flowers is a creative way to enhance certain plants to each other visually and culturally.  It also is convenient since it doesn't take scientific talent to achieve.  Experiment with what you like and find out what works.  We have a few tips to help when choosing which items to pot together but you need to try things that you like and see what you can grow successfully.
 
Harvesting these combinations is fun and interesting but you can also plant combinations for decoration.  Dried pods work great with beautiful floral wreaths or table arrangements.  Use dried sunflower heads in arrangements of colorful vegetables and flowers.  Select colorful planters that compliment the combinations or go with traditional terracotta clay for the earth loving feel.
 
As always, the main idea is to have fun being creative and use combinations you like.

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Marigolds with tomatoes:
  Strong scented marigolds repel insects and help tomatoes grow more productively.  Grown beneath tomatoes, marigolds also suppress weeds from growing out the top of your planter.  Morning glories attract hoverflies, which feed on aphids, thus keeping the pests away from corn.  Plant is colorful containers that accent the red of the tomato or the gold of the marigolds.  Nice!

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Nasturtiums repel squash bugs and other insects that attack cabbage, cucumbers and squash.  Members of the chive, garlic and onion family protect their companions from insects and deter rabbits from eating the flowers.
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/19/2016 4:45:32 PM 

October In The Garden





Now that October has finally arrived, it's time to get out in the yard and do some garden and planter clean up.  Below is a list of suggestions on things you should be doing approximately this time of year to get prepared for the fall and winter months ahead.

If you plan ahead and follow these suggestions, you will have much success in your garden pottery in the months ahead.

For blooms from winter through spring, plant cool season annuals now so they get established and start flowering before the weather turns cold.  Otherwise, they may not flower until spring.  Buy young plants of calendula, pansies, primrose, and snapdragons now and plant them or sow the seeds.

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Select cleaned out garden pottery and make sure the soil is new.  Add fertilizer now to the soil to assure a good start in the the Spring.  Make sure there are no cobwebs or insects attached to the outside of the pottery.  You want to start with as clean a pot as possible.

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For blooms in spring, fill a big planter pot with one type of bulb, whether daffodil, hyacinth, or tulip.  Fill the pot with potting soil so bulb tops will sit about 4 to 5 inches below the pot rim.  Firm the soil, then set the bulbs closely together on top; a 16 inch flared pot will hold 40 to 50 tulips, daffodils, or hyacinths.

Cover the bulbs with soil, leaving about 2 inches at the top for watering space.  Set the pot in a cool, shaded area, moisten the soil, and top it with mulch; water again.  Move pots into full sun when leaves develop.  Flowers will appear about four months after planting.

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If you don't have space for multiple fruit trees, try growing a single tree with multiple fruiting branches grafted onto one root stock.  For best selection, order bare root trees now for January pickup.  Place these planter pots in a shaded area and mulch the top of the soil for added protection thru the cold months ahead.

October is the best month for setting out any kind of plant that's not frost tender.  Ground coveres, shrubs, trees, and vines all benefit from fall planting, when temperatures are cooling and rain is on the way.

Now is the time to clean up debris.  To reduce the number of sites that harbor insects and diseases over winter, pull and discard weeds, spent annuals, and vegetables.  Also clean up all fruit and fallen leaves.  Compost only plant debris that is free of disease, insect pests, and weeds.

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Clean the outsides of all pottery to remove any insects or clotted dirt.  Clean off the top soil of dead leaves and flowers and re-till the surface soil to keep it from clumping.  Dead head any flowers that are spent or pinch off yellow or dying leaves. 

Taking a few minutes to clean things up, planning ahead and purchasing a few products now will add assure much success next spring and summer
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Post Last Updated: 1/2/2017 4:08:17 PM 

Fruit In Garden Planters




Wouldn't it be great to step out onto your patio or balcony and pick a juicy orange, lemon, kiwi, or other fruit and savor its fresh taste?

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Growing container fruit outside in the summer, then inside in the winter is a rewarding and exciting pastime.  Right now many nurseries are full of bare root plants for purchase and the increase in interest of doing so has never been higher.  The greater availability  of good-quality miniature varieties is a big factor.

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Many people like growing citrus plants for their sweet flowering fragrance and their colorful gems of orange and golden fruit.  Citrus Meyer Lemon and Calamondin Orange are favorites.  The Meyer Lemon is know for its flavorful fruit, and once you've tasted one, growing back to regular table lemons is almost impossible.  The Orange, is prized for its attractiveness, small miniature size and abundant growth.  Of course harvesting them for orange marmalade is a must.

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In other Arizona Pottery blog entries we have discussed the care of potted fruit trees in detailed terms so here lets just sum up.  Citrus plants should not be over watered.  Give them plenty of sunshine year round and grow them in terracotta pots so the roots have a chance to dry down.

Planting citrus trees in garden planters is a exciting and popular trend that you should try.

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Post Last Updated: 1/10/2017 12:02:07 PM 



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