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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 

Tips To Improve Your Indoor Pottery Skills



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You are a outdoor gardening genius, so why is indoor gardening such a impossible feat?  Use these tips as a guide to keep your home filled with happy, healthy potted houseplants!

Start by purchasing healthy, bug free plants. This is the time to be picky.  A houseplant at a garden center should look its very best, not like it's on it's last leg.  If you gently thump the side of a container, you might see a white fly cloud rise out of the soil. Avoid buying these plants and introducing their problem into your home.

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Keep a holding room.  When you bring home a new potted plant, isolate it in a room away from other houseplants  for up to a month to make sure it's bug and disease free.

Don't overuse fertilizer.  Provide plant food monthly only during spring and summer and use a diluted 20-20-20 fertilizer.  Remember fertilizer makes plants bigger, to much of it can make plants quickly outgrow their garden pots.

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Update pots judiciously.  Only when a plant's roots have outgrown it's pots does it need to be bumped up to a bigger container.  Change pots conservatively because many plants, like succulents and cacti, prefer to be a bit root bound.

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Don't under water or over water.  Potted plants only need water when they are dry - unless the plant tag specifies otherwise.  To water, fill the container from the top layer of soil to the brim, until water comes out the the drain hole in the bottom of the planter.  Wait about half hour for plant to drink what it needs. Remover excess water from the saucer.

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Rejuvenate tropical houseplants with spa days.  Most potted houseplants are tropical and enjoy humidity. Treat them to a spa day by relocating them one or two at a time, to a steamy bathroom.

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Post Last Updated: 1/11/2017 2:16:05 PM 

Potted Jasmine To Help You Sleep



Potted Jasmine to help with sleep
 
Everyone has issues sleeping from time to time.  You can try soothing music, sleeping aids, meditating but we suggest you place a potted plant next to your bed and let nature help you out.  

Select a beautiful flowerpot that you love.  Whether it's a natural clay terracotta pot or a brightly colored planter in bold colors, find something that compliments your bedroom and makes you happy.  Then pot up one of these suggested plants below and see what works for you.  

Jasmine:  This plant is considered exotic and is used in many perfumes and fragrance sprays. Its lovely fragrance is soothing and gentle on the mind and body. Research suggests it reduces anxiety levels, leading to greater sleep quality.  It blooms beautiful white and, pine blossoms.  Amazing plant!

Lavender is something we are all familiar with.  It's lovely pastel flowers that are calming to look at and smells heavenly are safe to say is one of the most well know flowers and is used in all kinds of room scents & potpourris.

Studies have shown that crying babies are calmed by the smell and induced into a deeper sleep.  In women, it is shown to increase light sleep, and decrease rapid eye movement.  REM  
To get the best affect, try potting up a lavender plant into a lovely flowerpot and place it on your night stand.

Here are just a few suggestions.  If you don't like either of the above plants you can always go with

Gardenia
Spider Plants
Aloe
Peace Lily
Gerbera Daisies
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/14/2016 3:14:12 PM 

Grow Rosemary For Indoor Plants



 Grow Rosemary for indoor plants potted in garden containers

Wouldn't it be wonderful to not only bring your Rosemary indoors but to pot it up so that it looks decorative, adds life to your indoors & smells wonderful?  Here are a few tips to help.

Plant containers of rosemary that you can use inside during the cold months.

First select a container you want to plant in.  Do you want a decorative urn or a natural terracotta clay
container?  If you are putting this potted rosemary in your kitchen pick up the colors you are already using. Red, Yellow, bright Orange, glossy or matte finishes.

Make sure your
container is large enough to hold a cluster of potted rosemary but no so large that it takes up needed space.  We prefer you use a pot with a drain hole which means you will need a saucer to catch water run-off.  Have fun here and take some time to decide.

Potted Rosemary for indoors during the winter months.
First, fill the pots with potting soil.  Then use a starter plant from your local garden center or take a stem off of your existing rosemary plant outside. Remove the bottom leaves, place it in moist soil in a garden pot and in a couple of weeks it should sprout. Now place the pot where you need and want it the most.

On a kitchen island where you can clip off pieces to cook with, how about on a living room mantle where the fragrance will fill the room with heaven.  We even recommend placing one
pot in the bathroom.
 
Last tip: Don't over water.  People tend to over water indoor potted plants. Keep the soil slightly moist but not damp.  Look at the leaves and make sure they are staying deep green and not yellow.   

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Post Last Updated: 12/14/2016 3:31:56 PM 

Keys To Growing Healthy Indoor Houseplants



 How to grow healthy indoor houseplants

Growing potted houseplants is a hobby that can be enjoyed by everyone. You donít need to get green thumb gardening to keep them healthy.  If you notice most designer photographs show a room that always has a houseplant in a decorative container. That is because they offer color, warmth and a touch of love and, make any area come alive.

When purchasing a new plant at your local home and garden center or nursery, make sure it is healthy. This is not the time to nurture a sick plant back to health. Look for lush green leaves, moist soil and plump stems.  Nothing dry, slimy or black is healthy.

Houseplants donít need a lot of attention but they do need, light, water & fertilizer.

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Sunlight is the standard which all light is compared.  Make sure you potted houseplants are near a sunny area, and make sure that they arenít in a drafty window or near a hot wood stove.  Temperature is important.  Try to use a potting mix that helps the soil hold water and nutrients.  Water according to the directions.  Improper watering is the most frequent reason indoor plants die.  Remember, itís always better to underwater than over water.  Establish a schedule to help make this task easier.

Lastly, donít underestimate the importance of fertilizer.  Soil loses its nutrients over time so if you want to keep your indoor potted plants healthy for the long term then fertilize on a regular basis. 

When it comes to selecting a garden container to pot in we have a few basic recommendations.  Always use a pot with a drain hole, clay is porous and breathes, and always go with a bit larger than needed so the roots have room to expand.

By understanding these basics houseplant needs, your plants will grow healthy and lovely for a very long time.


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