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Valentine Plants to Pot



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Valentines Unusual Plants to Pot Up

 

There are so many unusual plants out there that will make unusual Valentineís Day gifts so we thought we would list a few.

* Bundle of Love Rose Plant
* Sweet Heart Bamboo
* Classing Budding Rose
* Hoya Heart
* Heart Ferns
* Lavish Lavender Rose
* Anthuriums

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Most of these plants listed can be potted in bold bright red containers or precious pure white planters and make an easy and loving gift for those special folk in your life.  We recommend that you visit your local garden center or nursery and purchase the plants first.  Then figure out what size of decorative pot you will be able to drop the grow pot into. This way you wonít have to re-pot the plant just drop it inside the lovely garden container.  Then add a bow and bam! The perfect personalized and jazzed up Valentineís Day gift.

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We love Hoya heart succulent.  It is small and perfectly formed to love like a heart.  Right now, succulents are so popular that everyone, boy or girl, young or old will love these.   Since they are usually pretty small you wonít need a very big container which saves on space and money.

Heart Ferns are dwarf plants with waxy glossy heart-shaped leaves on think black stems.  If you donít want to place it in a terrarium them place the pot in a steamy bathroom because these types of potted houseplants really need humidity.

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Who doesnít like Anthuriums Ė they look just like hearts and come in bold reds and soft whites.  Each heart-shaped flower is elegant and fancy.  You canít put this into any plain old terracotta flowerpot. No way, these need to be in a glossy high shine container with lots of bright colors and simple elegant lines.

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Donít let Valentinesí Day come and go with a mediocre attempt at something overpriced and awful.  Search out these plants, purchase a nice garden pot and give a gift of beauty and love that someone will truly appreciate.


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Post Last Updated: 2/19/2019 12:41:49 PM 

The Best Climbing Vines



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Do you have a patio wall that is blank and ugly?  You never seem to find the right piece of art that can hang outside and look good year after year.  How about a porch that needs some help for added color and beauty? 

Try a climbing vine in a pot.  These vines are easy to grow in a flowerpot and will add a vertical touch to your porch or patio décor.  Here are a few suggestions to help you get started.  Remember though that there are many types of climbers that will work good in a flowerpot so donít limit yourself to the ones listed below.

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IVY Ė We all know Ivy and love it.  You see it growing outside a traditional home as well as an English Tudor style.  It is virtually one of the best climbers to pot and is great for beginners because of its hardy growth.  Potted Ivy likes a wide and shallow container better than a narrow and deep one but that shouldnít limit you.  This climber likes most size pots! Place around the outside of any garden planter where you want it to grow over the side.  Set your garden container next to the wall you want it to grow on and attache it to make it climb as it grows.  Beautiful.

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CLIMBING HYDRANGEA Ė Everyone knows hydrangea.  The smell and beautiful blooms make is a wonderful addition to any garden container.  Since it can grow up to 70 feet long itís perfect for a patio wall or porch.  The main thing to consider is the larger the planter you can handle the better.  This time of climbing vine likes room to grow to stay healthy.  Use a trellis in the planter and have the vine weave in and out of it to create a vertical barrier for privacy.

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BOUGAINVILLEA Ė In Arizona, we all know this climbing shrub very well.  Itís shocking pink blooms and sharp thorny vine make it unforgettable. It is super easy to grow and will add a tropical touch to any garden planter or porch railing.  If you live in a harsh climate you will have to protect this potted shrub from winters cold.  Place the pot next to a pillar and have it climb up creating a living explosion of color.

There are many climbers you can try like Sweet Pea, Jasmine, Black Eyed Susan, & Passion Flower.  Donít limit yourself and create lovely garden planters and vertical gardens.


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Post Last Updated: 1/15/2019 8:39:39 AM 

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 

Yellow HousePlants???



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Do you have or have you ever had, YELLOW houseplants?

We think it's so vital to bring potted plants inside to decorate your home with. They provide wonderful, healthy benefits and also help clean the indoor air from toxins. However, selecting the plants, choosing the right garden container and keeping the plant healthy are all things you need to work at and consider.

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When looking at your houseplants do you see healthy plants?  Or, do you see brown or yellow leaves.  Are your plants starting to look as though they have developed jaundice?  If so then you may have a mineral deficiency - most likely nitrogen.  Luckily plants, like a human provide telling clues when they need better nutrition.

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Signs of a nitrogen deficiency:  New leaves appear lighter usually a pale green.  The solution:  Add compost or manure both are high in nitrogen.

Mature leaves:  Begin to turn yellow, starting at the base of the plant.  Young leaves turning yellow before older ones may indicate sulfur deficiency.

Stems:  Appear weak and spindly.  Fruit or flowers are delayed and yields are limited.

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All of these mean something is going on that isn't good.  So pay attention and keep your eyes on those indoors potted houseplants.  If you move quickly you can keep them looking healthy and happy longer and faster.

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Post Last Updated: 9/19/2018 1:43:13 PM 

Great Smelling Garden Containers



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When it comes time to think about what you want to plant in your garden containers this season do you ever stop and think about the fragrance you want to plant?  Usually it's the colors, types and durability of the flowers or plants but not so much the smell of the flowers.  Well we want you to re-consider.

If you are going to the time and expense to buy and pot up a lovely garden planter we want you to think about using plants that look lovely and SMELL heavenly.  There is nothing nicer on a hot summer night to sit outside on the porch or patio after the sun has gone down and look at and enjoy the planters that surround you.  Each tiny element adds so much to your comfort and pleasure.

So, here is a list of some of the best smelling plants that are easy to pot, truly lovely to look at and availability to find at most garden centers.

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Gardenias - If you haven't smelled on of these bushes then you are really missing out.  The fragrance it gives off is truly heavenly.  Even though gardenias need a bit of TLC they are easy to pot up and place around your home where they can be enjoyed.  Make sure to pot in a large enough container with good drainage and moist acidic soil.  Known for their stark white delicate flowers they are not only beautiful but undeniably have a strong fragrance.

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Lilac - Another bush that can easily be potted and placed around the patio or porch.  While pretty easy to care for these potted bushes will need room for their roots to spread so don't skimp on a small container.  You don't need a large bush to get their lovely scent so try starting a bit small.  They really like full sun and moist well draining soil.  Their color is beyond wonderful.  Check it out!

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Lavender.  Who doesn't love lavender?  A garden planter over flowing with lavender is really breathtaking.  The scent of lavender has been around for centuries and loved by many.  Their little purple flowers and spiky stems make any garden container looks vibrant and romantic along with that distinctive scent.  Don't over water these and keep the pots in full sun with good air circulation and you will have a welcome addition to your porch or patio display.

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Lastly the one that everyone know.  Roses!  Who doesn't love the scent of roses.  They are symbols of love and come in so many colors and varieties that you could pot up 10 containers and still not try them all.  They do need a bit of work when it comes to pruning and watering but basically they like full sun and  moist soil.  If possible place the flower pot in a location where you can not only see the potted flowers but smell their sensual fragrance whenever possible.

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Post Last Updated: 6/27/2018 3:29:08 PM 

Fragrance in a Flowerpot



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Planting fragrance in flowerpots is a easy way to surround yourself and your patio or porch area with lovely smelling flowers. Filling your planters with lush greens is lovely and appealing to the eye, but how many of the plants smell heavenly?

Make sweet smelling fragrance a daily delight. All you need to do is fill your planters with the suggested plants we suggest below and then place those garden planters in specific places where you can enjoy the fragrance.

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The key is to use a variety of fragrant plants that release their perfume at different times of the year.  Just imagine your garden rising and falling thru the seasons, with flowers, foliage and scents every changing.  Soon you will find yourself stopping to smell the entryway planters every time you leave the house. Our sitting on the patio a bit longer so you can enjoy the sun and the scent.  All good things.

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Wisteria is beyond heavenly when it comes to great scents.  It can grow large so you will need huge pots with a trellis or placed again a garden wall that it can climb.  The stunning colorful flowers are lovely enough but with it's vanilla fragrance you will get the best of both worlds.

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Lily of the Valley gives off a big scent so don't be fooled by it's small flowers.  You can smell its scent even while walking by it no matter where it is placed.  How wonderful is that.  One bulb fills a 4" square space so make your planter large and plant 5 bulbs to get a great display of flowers and fragrance.

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Bridal Bouquet (abelia)  In spring there is nothing more scented than this potted plant.  This strong fragrance can waft at least 15 feet away from the pot.  This plant is a scent factory that just keeps on giving.  It blooms from late spring to early summer with it's lilac scented pink buds and white trumpets.

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Lastly, lets look at Black Negligee (actaea) with it's fruity smell.  It's foliage is purplish black, lacy and sexy.  By midsummer, tall wands are covered with small white flowers.  This one is exquisite and sweet smelling.  The perfect potted flowers for your garden.

Food for fodder is harlequin glory bower, Oriental lilies, Pink Dawn, Winter sweet and Sweet Box are all lovely smelling.

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Post Last Updated: 5/3/2018 11:53:50 AM 

Grow your own Spa!



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It's always fun to try to decide what to plant and pot up from season to season.  Maybe you are into annuals so you recreate new displays every year or perhaps you prefer perennials that last from season to season. Either way we would like to suggest a few things to pot into a few garden planters then turn into spa treatments.  Here goes....

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Herbs are always fun plants to pot.  You can use them for cooking and healing products but here we would like to suggest a spa treatment.  Basil is easy to grow.  You can get quite a bumper crop of these herbs without much effort.  If you need to plant it or already are growing it then here is a spa treatment that you can do with all those lovely, fragrant basil leaves.

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Basil & Olive Oil Facial:  Fill a 16oz mason jar with 2 C virgin olive oil.  Add 3 sprigs each of basil and chamomile. Cover with cheesecloth, let infuse for up to a month.  Use as a moisturizing facial.  Simply dab 1/4 C max on face, remove with dry cloth.

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Adding herbs and flower petals to essential oils is always fun.  Here we suggest using flower petals from your garden planters that you have on your patio, porch or in the yard.  Think of the kinds of flowers you would like to use before planting.  Rose, Lavender or calendula.  All beautiful and fragrant.

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Flower Petal Sugar Scrub:  Mix 1 C brown sugar, 1/4 C honey & 1/4 C almond oil.  Yummy smelling!!!  Stir in 2 tsp fresh flower petals and mix.  Add a few drops of essential oil and massage all over your body, face and then rinse.  Amazing!

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Lastly lets try a herb and honey scrub for the body and face.  If you have a choice pot up herbs like basil, thyme, and mint as a good suggestion. Honey and herbs have a symbiotic relationship in the garden.

Herb & Honey Scrub:  Warm 2 T honey. Stir in 1 T olive oil.  Add 3 T sugar.  Add 3 tsp basil and mind and a few drops of essential oil.  Use in bath or massage over body and face, then rinse.

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Here are just a few idea of spa treament's that you can create at home yourself with just a few potted herbs and flowers from your flower pots.  Think of all the possibilities and start planting them into your garden pottery this season for the best results.
 
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Post Last Updated: 4/4/2018 3:53:32 PM 

Yellow Potted Plants



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Do you have yellow potted plants?  You might need some nitrogen!

If your indoor potted plants are starting to look as though they have developed jaundice, you might be dealing with a mineral deficiency.  Veggie plants can sometimes be hit hard and are most likely to fall prey to this deficiency.  Luckily, plants like humans can let you know when things are not going well and they need a bit of help.  Here are a few tips that may help.

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Signs of nitrogen deficiency:
New leaves appear lighter usually a pale green.
Mature leaves begin to turn yellow, starting at the base of the plant.
Stems appear weak and spindly.
Fruit/Flowers production is delayed and yields a limited supply

Methods to prevent this problem.
Add compost or manure (both high in nitrogen) to potting soil before planting.
Sprinkle nitro rich fertilizer around the plant to boost mineral supply.

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These are all very simple things to do that will make a huge difference when it comes to keeping your potted plants looking green and healthy. Give it a go!

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Post Last Updated: 4/4/2018 1:07:59 PM 

Healing Houseplants



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Did you know that a potted houseplant can do much more than just add beauty and color to your home?  In this blog post we want to talk about healing houseplants or potted indoor plants that can add happiness, ease of worries and an end to headaches.  Yep you heard us right.  Potted houseplants!

Remember after reading the wonderful way houseplants can help your life that you also get to pick out beautiful colorful plants and the garden containers to pot them in.  That is really where the fun begins but for now lets start at the beginning.  Selecting the plants themselves. We hope these tips get you motivated.

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Heal Dry Skin with ferns:  Potted ferns are natural humidifiers.  They constantly suck water up thru their roots and stems, then let that moisture evaporate into the air through millions of tiny pores in their leaves.  Isn't that amazing!!!  By decorating with lush green ferns you will boost your homes humidity level into the physiologically ideal range of 40 to 60 percent.  This increases the skins content by 25% moisture.  Yep you read that right.  Back off of the body lotion and place a potted fern in your bathroom, bedroom or living room and keep your skin moist.

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Ease Nighttime Worries with jasmine:  Inhaling the scent of the jasmine plant at night  calms edginess and anxiety, significantly improving sleep quality and bolstering A.M. energy and mood.  The credit goes to jasmine's sweet floral aroma, which induces the formation of relaxing alpha brain waves.  Place a lovely jasmine in a decorative garden planter on your nightstand so you can enjoy it's scent all night.

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Feel Springtime Happy with jade:  Surrounding yourself with any plants can help you feel more upbeat in just 2 days.  But placing a potted jade plant in your bedroom can provide an even bigger boost.  That's because succulents produce a steady stream of brain nourishing oxygen during the night.  So, getting up in the morning after breathing in that extra oxygen can bolster your mood by 20 percent.

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End Headaches with English ivy:  Potted English ivy is a powerful natural air purifier.  The plant microbes that grow along it's roots suck p as much as 75 percent of the ammonia, benzene and other nasties that sneak into homes.  This cuts the risk of foggy thinking and painful headache flares by 20 percent.  Just amazing!

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Lastly Rev Energy with a potted palm:  Add a few regular or dwarf size palms, spider planter or philodendrons to the rooms you use most and you will be amazed at how quickly you will sail through your daily to do list. That is because lush, leafy plants like these score high on the photo synthesis scale.  They draw in so much carbon dioxide that they can quickly improve indoor air quality by 25%.

So, it's time to get serious.  If you care about your indoor air quality, worries, happiness or dry skin than it's time to pot up some of these houseplants.

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Post Last Updated: 4/4/2018 12:41:08 PM 



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