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Grow Aloe Indoors



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Alexander the Great popularized the medicinal properties of aloe when he heard how the sap from itís leaves could help heal battle wounds.

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ďAloeĒ creates a protective barrier on the skin that keeps it moist and promotes healing.  It also stimulates the Langerhans cells, which can reduce inflammation.

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Now is a good time to think about growing your own indoor potted aloe plant.  Itís so easy, they are just beautiful and a very healthy plant to have around the house.

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Select a small size clay flowerpot and saucer.  Make sure you place them in a sunny location or window.  The potted aloe plant loves indirect sunlight but too much direct sunlight can brown itís leaves.  Itís best to rotate the pot once or twice a week so that all sides receive equal light.  Donít overwater but keep the moisture moist.

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To use for burns or cuts:  Slit open a stalk, squeeze out some gel like substance and dab on the skin.  Keep the remaining stalk in the refrigerator for up to 60 days.

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Post Last Updated: 6/25/2021 11:53:10 AM 

Winter Potted Indoor Herbs



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Keeping Potted Herbs Happy

As the world becomes more health-conscious, people are looking to become more pro-active when it comes to cooking at home and growing their own potted herbs.  By using fresh grown herbs in your food preparation you will use less oil, fat, butter and cream.

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Potted grown herbs have a powerful taste and delicious smells that add so much to food.  Donít forget you can use any home-grown potted herbs in all kinds of things from soap to candle making.  Fresh or dried they are simply wonderful and if you havenít tried to grow your own you are wasting your money.  Grocery store herbs are very expensive and unnecessary.

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Get some of our small terracotta clay flowerpots and saucers.  Decide on the size dependent on where you will grow them.  A kitchen window, a center island, back porch or patio area are all good places if you have easy access to them.  Clay flowerpots are good because terracotta is considered low fired and breathable which is super healthy for your herbs root systems.  Just make sure you have easy access or we all know what will happen.  You wonít use them!!!

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Treat your fresh herb just like fresh flowers.  When you trim your potted plants, place them in a glass of water and refrigerate up to 2 weeks.  Try drying some for adding to soups and casseroles by placing them on a paper towel and microwave for 30 sec intervals.  Turn as needed till brittle.

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You can freeze whole springs or chop them and place in a plastic bag for up to six months.
Itís easy to grow your own herbs in garden containers indoors and out, and we have the clay garden planters to help.  Pick up some potting mix at your local nursery or garden center and you are good to go.

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Post Last Updated: 1/12/2021 10:07:03 AM 

Potted Succulents Indoors For Winter



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Winters cold is not the easiest condition for potted succulents, plants, bushes, and trees to stand up to. Most succulents are hard enough to keep healthy under normal weather conditions but winter brings a whole new set of issues.

It at all possible it is a best practice to bring your containers of succulents indoors or at least into a garage or garden shed.  This isnít a necessity but a helpful step to assure the potted succulents have the best chance of surviving the cold.  If itís not possible you can take added steps to mulch the potting mix, wrap the whole planter in bubble wrap or burlap or just let them tough out Winter and re-evaluate next Spring.

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If you can bring all potted succulents indoors give them one good watering before you do. That way they will be nice a moist and you wonít have to start with the watering process right away. This means you need garden saucers for each planter or you will have to move the pots to the sink to water them.  Like most houseplants, succulents need well, draining flowerpots or garden bowls.

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Now check the potting mix in each planter.  If itís compact and hard itís best to replace it or at the very least work it to soften it up.  All root systems like a loose potting mix to grow and expand in.  Clean up the planters so that you donít bring any bugs indoors.  Remove old leaves, twigs and other debris that may be on, in or around the pot.

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Lastly, trim the succulent up if necessary.  Any old spent leaves or climbing string of pears can be clipped off and cut shorter.  Since succulents donít grow fast you donít need to go overboard here.  The idea is to just give it a manicured look not so much a hair cut and a shave look!  LOL

Place your garden pots in a sunny window, donít over water, make sure itís not too warm in the house and your outdoor potted succulents will give you a steady stream of beauty all thru the cold winter months until you move them outside again come Spring.


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Post Last Updated: 2/19/2019 3:35:41 PM 

Your Indoor Potted Ferns Need Help



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We have all heard how healthy it is to have indoor potted houseplants because of their ability to purify the indoor air.  The color and beauty of a living plant brought indoors canít be stressed enough.  It brings life, smell, and color to your surrounds in a healthy, natural way.

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Today we are talking about that potted fern you have that is looking a bit worn and weathered.  You have always loved the look of a fern and the feeling of being in the tropics when you look at it.  Well, maybe you donít live in the tropics but want to grow a potted fern indoors.  Here are a few tips to help with new growth.

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All indoor potted ferns need light.  They donít like direct sunlight but a north facing window is good.  Donít place the planter in a dark corner or you will have issues but make sure in the winter months that they get as much sunlight as possible.

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Water the pot once the top inch of soil is dry.  If you have them placed in a humid environment like a bathroom window they will do much better but a light misting will really help a lot if necessary.  The best fertilizer to use is a liquid formula.  Apply at the base only so you donít harm the fronds.

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When it comes to re-potting your indoor fern you will only have to do it if you want it to grow bigger.  Otherwise, keep it in the same container and trim off the old, large and spent frons.  You can always divide it into 2 garden containers and keep it growing.

Worth mentioning are other things to keep your eyes on.  Pest & Disease can sometimes happen. If you experience either of these just google how to handle it and move it. Itís not the end of the fern by any means but it must be attended to.


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Post Last Updated: 1/2/2019 2:34:18 PM 

Potted Air Plants



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Air Plants Ė Have you heard of them?

We are certain that you have seen these funny looking plants at the grocery store or garden center that look like they are flying on the air.  Well, if you are wondering what those actually are then let us explain.
Air plants are plants that can grow without potting soil.  The are tropical and wonít survive in freezing temperatures, so you will usually see them as potted houseplants.

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An air plant will anchor itsí roots onto a tree or shrub without harming them.  They absorb moisture and nutrients from the air through their leaves.  This makes them easy to grow indoors.  You can grow them in a terrarium, on wire frames, or small tiny mini pots.  There flexibility makes them a fun and creative way to add a touch of green to any room.

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Potted air plants come in a large variety of leaf shapes and styles.  They are very forgiving of neglect so kids and college students tend to love them even more.  Air plants love sunlight but can survive in fluorescent light also.  There are a couple of ways to water a potted air plant but we think the easiest is to mist them several times a week.

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Air plants require easy maintenance.  Remove discolored leaves at the base, no fertilizing is necessary and all you need to do is mist occasionally.  How much easier can it get?

  

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Post Last Updated: 11/13/2018 11:47:58 AM 

Late Winter Potted Primrose



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Available for sale at most Garden Centers this time of year, the Primrose plant is colorful and a welcome sight.  After long cold month's of winters cold and grey these delightful flowers are a needed lift.  It's still a bit early to pot them outside in some areas but you can still grow them indoors until the weather warms up by following a few simple tips.

The first thing to remember is that a primrose plant is not meant to last and last.  They usually last a few weeks outdoors in garden planters, showing their colorful flowers and then die off to be replaced with other seasonal plants.  So if you decide to try them indoors just keep this fact in mind.

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As with most plants a potted indoor primrose does not like to sit in water.  Their roots will rot if the soil is kept too moist.  Once the soil starts to feel dry you need to water them and then give them a misting.  They love humidity.  Don't let the soil dry out completely or they will die quickly.

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As with most plants a potted primrose likes sunlight.  So make sure they are getting as much direct or indirect sunlight as possible.  When it comes to fertilizing any indoor plant including a potted primrose they like to be fertilized once a month except when in bloom.  Don't fertilize when in bloom.

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are pretty inexpensive to purchase so if you fell like giving this a go with trying to grow them indoors you won't have a lot of money invested and the outcome if successful is well worth the beauty and color that you will experience.  Purple, White, Orange and Pink are all favorite colors.  That's about it.
 
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Post Last Updated: 2/22/2018 12:47:35 PM 

Down in the Dumps? Indoor Flowers Help




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Has this dark, cool winter weather got you feeling a bit blue?  Well, we can all agree that it tends to bring you down but here are a few easy things you can do that will help to bring you back up and boost your mood.  Pot up some indoor blooms this time of winter and brighten up your home.

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Pick up any women's magazine and you will see articles on Seasonal Affected Disorder.  The winter blues are real.  Studies from around the world have shown that indoor potted flowers promote relaxation and happiness.  Why not try a few and see how you do because what have you got to lose?

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Below are a few types that do extra well indoors in garden pots during the winter months.  Everything from elegant types to houseplants are easy to pot and grow.  These flowers can stay in a decorative container and look lovely when topped with decorative rocks, colorful pebbles, or deep green moss.  All  of these pot toppers not only look lovely but help to keep the soil damp and increase the indoor humidity around the plants.

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Primroses - Perfectly lovely for a kitchen windowsill or bedroom table.  These are so delicate and colorful which come in many colors.  Potted primroses like bright light so this is not the time for a dark corner or room without windows.

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Orchids - Very elegant and stunningly beautiful these are not the easiest indoor blooms to pot and grow but once you dive in and get your toes wet you will realize that they are not that hard either.  They just look difficult and intimidating.  Keep the roots drenched once a week and drain off the excess water.  These make wonderful gifts.

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Cyclamens - Star blossoms that come in lots of colors that will compliment the color of your indoor decor so have fun when selecting them.  As with other types of houseplants they like damp soil but not wet water.  Misting is also a great benefit.

Pretty flowerpots placed around your home during these stark winter months can really perk things up and bring on a happy mood.

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Post Last Updated: 1/30/2018 9:32:13 AM 

Indoor Garden Tips



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Decorating the inside of your home with potted plants is just as important as decorating your patio, porch or patio areas.  There are so many fun pottery pieces to try to put together and many of the benefit are not only appearance but function issues.

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The best place to start is to decide on the type of houseplant you want to grow and pot.  Then researching on line or talking with the customer service reps at your local nursery.  You need to know a number of things.  What kind of light, water, etc your potted plant is going to need.  How large of a decorative garden container you will need to transplant it into and many other factors.  Once you get this information on the type of potted plant that you think will meet your need you can then move on to selecting a planter.

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Choosing a garden planter for a potted houseplant you just purchased from the local nursery is probably the most fun part of this process.  Because the container will be indoors you can go with all kinds of materials, color and sizes.

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Terra-cotta pots are always a good choice because the clay breathes and is considered healthy for a plants root systems.  However you will need to put a waterproof saucer underneath to catch any water overflow while watering.  A glazed colorful decorative planter is always fun since there are so many colors and styles to choose from. This is the time to match your planter to your interior decorating with complimentary colors and textures.

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Make sure that any container you select has a drain hole so the plants roots are not sitting in standing water. This will cause them to rot which results in one dead potted houseplant. If you can find a glazed pot without a drain hole you can drop the nursery pot into the decorative container and that planter will act like a saucer and catch the water instead. Then you won't need a saucer.

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Lastly, make sure you know where to place the indoor garden planter.  That depends on how much sunlight it needs, can it handle being close to a heat register, should you place it by a window that may have a breeze coming thru it.  All of these details will help with the health your potted houseplants will have.  So, have fun using houseplants to decorate your home with.  With a bit of planning you can much success for many years. 

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Post Last Updated: 11/14/2017 1:51:06 PM 

Indoor Tropical Plants



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Everyone loves potted indoor plants.  There are so many kinds of plants that do well indoors but today we are going to talk specifically about tropicals.  Potted tropical plants are pretty easy to grow indoors and require little attention.  When you would love to bring a touch of paradise to your home then give these potted indoor tropicals a chance.

Of course it bears repeating that if you have small children or pets in your home you need to research or contact your poison control center to make sure that the plants you pot and place in your home are safe.

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Palms:  Palms are stunning when potted and placed in your home. They range from small pygmy size to large impressive sizes that can fill out a empty corner where color, size, and some life is required. Potting them up in colorful planters will add that tropical touch that you may desire.  We like the Miami Vice look of using monochrome planters like white or black with palms to create a contemporary and modern look.  Potted palms like warm air but not drafts.  They like moist soil but not sitting in water.  Don't over water and keep in sunny spot.

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Bird of Paradise:  Talk about impressive!  These plants are easy to grow and don't require a lot of fuss but boy are they elegant. With or without the colorful bird shaped flowers these plants have large fan like palms.  Flat, wide leaves bring you back to Cleopatra days where they were used to fan the queen.  Perfect to adding a deep green to your homes interior and a tropical feel to the decor.  Make sure they have lots of light and space.  You will need to repot yearly if you have space because they grow rapidly.  Use a poly resin planter if you prefer to replant every other year.  They are flexible and have some give that will let you extend the potted life of the plant.

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Philodendron:  These are pretty common as a potted indoor plant. When the plant gets larger the leaves turn into a split leaf saucer shape that is balancing on the stem.  Just stunning!  Warm without drafts, moist but not sitting water and misting every couple of days will keep these high humidity plants happy.  Wipe the saucer leaves with warm water to keep free of dust and mites.  You will have to transplant every other year so make sure you have the room.  Since these are dark green with huge flat leaves, try using terracotta or tuscany clay planters. The clay will breathe creating a healthier environment for this potted palms root system.

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So don't let the fact that you don't live in a tropical climate stop you from creating your own indoor potted paradise.  Do your research, find the perfect spot.  Pick our amazing potted to act like the foundation of your palms and give it a go.    

Potted tropical plants are elegant,amazingly beautiful, large and impressive and will always add a sense of luxury and drama to your home.
 
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Post Last Updated: 9/25/2017 9:43:44 AM 

Indoor Cat Garden




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If you have little furry cats around you house, then this post if for you. In Arizona it is dangerous to let you cats outside, so our cats are considered indoor animals. That means you have to be aware of any potted flowers or plants that you bring into the home.  If you want to
pot up some plants it is best to google it to see if they are toxic to cats or not.

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When it comes to cats wanting to use your potted plants as a litter box we suggest you cover the top soil with pot shards, colored rocks or toothpicks.  Anything works that the cats don't want to touch their feet and makes them uncomfortable.

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Now we want to talk about the substance of this post and that is to create a indoor cat garden just for your little furry indoor friends.  By planting things like cat grass you can cure their craving for greens. This gives them a chance to eat the leaves that are both healthy and tasty to them without any issues.  But don't just pot up food, make it decorative and fun so that everyone not only the cats get to enjoy looking at it.

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Here are some plants that we recommend.  Cat grass, Catnip, Parsley, Mint & Rosemary all work great.  Select a low bowl garden container so that the cats can reach the plants without having to climb or jump.  Make sure the flowerpot is wide and low so that it can't be knocked over.  

Top the soil with decorative rocks and little figurines to create a cute look that is both playful and functional.  The rocks will keep the cats from using it as a litter box.  Place the pot in a sunny window and keep the soil moist so that the herbs will grow and not dry out.  Then stand back and watch your little ones gather and enjoy!

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