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How to Prune Most Common Evergreens

We love potted Evergreens!

The planters add beauty to the simplicity of the plant and the plant stays green all year long which compliments the planter!  The best of both worlds!  The only thing we canít stand is seeing a beautiful pot with an overgrown, scraggly, lopsided evergreen.  So, if you properly prune them on a regular basis they will look their best for years to come.

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Here are some tips like what parts to trim, how much to take off, and when is the best time to trim.

Whether the plant is pine, spruce, rhododendron, or camellia, you need to know where the new growth will originate.  Then trim away any dead branches, cut back to live wood or the base of the plant.  Cut off broken or damaged branches and remove any crossing or rubbing branches.

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Arborvitae Ė Fast growing, tolerates heavy pruning.   Prune in early spring, and reduce a branch by no more than one-quarter its length.  New growth will emerge from buds along the pruned branch.

Boxwood Ė Thinning is key to maintaining.  Dense growth in the interior of the shrub can cause disease.  Thin it out by cutting overgrown stems no more than one-third each year.  Lightly prune to the desired shape.

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Camellia Ė Slow-growing rarely needs pruning.  If it gets lanky, encourage new growth by trimming each branch back by no more than one-quarter of its length.  Cut just above a node.  The best time to prune is after it flowers.

Pines Ė produce new growth at the branch tips in spring.  To keep it compact prune each new growth back by one-third to one-half its length.  Donít prune into woody stems because new growth wonít develop there.

Spruce Ė Prune in Spring.  Reduce the length of branches by cutting each one back to a lateral branch or bud.  Bottom branches will die with age and can be removed.





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Post Last Updated: 2/8/2022 12:29:29 PM 

DIY Seaside Garden Planter



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Seaside Garden Idea

Even if you live miles away from the sea you can create your own garden in a sunny corner with seashells and succulents.

Materials
Seashells
4 Terracotta Flowerpots of various sizes
Compost or potting mix
Gravel
Variety of plant materials

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Glue the seashells onto the terracotta pots and leave them hardened overnight.  The next morning, pour some pea gravel in the bottom of the flowerpots.  This creates a better drainage situation for the plants. Try to cover the drain hole without blocking it totally.   You want the water overflow to easily drain out without taking a lot of potting mix.

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Place the planting materials selected in the pots adding more potting mix around them and pressing down to eliminate air pockets.  Try grouping the plants in the pots to create an interesting look.  Once done place on a windowsill, out on a patio table or front porch stoop.

 

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Different Types of Containers



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Planted Containers

After the last couple of years, we are all starting to spend more time at home.  We are turning our patios and back yards into a safe, comfortable oasis, where we can entertain and share meals.

One of the easiest ways to turn a drab area into something special and functional is with planted containers.  Growing plants in garden containers can be rewarding as well as decorative and functional.
It is worth taking a bit of planning and designing in advance to assure your planted containers will be a success.  If you neglect this, your containers will show suffering and eventually distress.

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So, what to do?  Start by deciding where you want containers, how big the pottery should be, and what type of garden pots you want to purchase.  There are so many different things to consider.  Do you need to move the potted plants because of shade/sun issues?  If so maybe you should consider Poly Resin.  These are durable and LIGHTWEIGHT.  32 shades of colors to choose from mean they will match any color décor you already have.

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Maybe you want something indestructible and hefty in the garden or patio planters.  How about our American Made Cement Planter.  Custom made to order, with a choice of colors, we ship these across the US.  Since these pots are poured into molds you can get them in huge sizes that can hold trees and more.

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f you arenít aware of Sandstone garden pottery, you need to check them out.  They are silky smooth looking, super durable, and have a choice of colors also.  We even offer an exclusive line of Frank Lloyd Wright Sandstone Pottery that is stunning.  When you are looking for long-lasting & stunningly unique then consider this line. 

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Lastly, for over 20 years we have imported Italian Terracotta clay, Bright glazed pottery, and Mexican Talavera.  All are best sellers.  They wonít hold up to freezing temps but a green thumb gardener would not plant in anything but terracotta.  This material breathes and is super healthy in a natural sense for all your planting materials.

If you have any questions, donít hesitate to contact us at 800-420-1808


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Home Entrance Containers



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Entrance & Step Garden Planter Ideas!

The entrance to your home tells the world a lot more about you than you think.


Virtually all entrances will benefit from potted garden planters.  Itís a decorating delight and an easy way to soften harsh lines.  You can add color, fragrance, and beauty to your front entrance by placing colorful planters around overflowing with grasses, succulents, flowers, shrubs, or palms.  So many choices.

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The choice of a container will depend on the size of the area around the entrance and the design you are looking for.  Do you want the pottery to be brightly colored and filled with small flowers so the attention is on the planters? How about a large terracotta pot overflowing with green ivy and a palm shooting out the top opening of the pottery.  You will notice the plants and not the container on that type of style & design.

Are you going for a contemporary look with planters that have smooth lines, mono colors, and clean lines, or a more formal entrance design with a garden urn or towering vase?

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Maybe you donít have a lot of space but you do have steps leading up to your front porch.  You can place two larger garden containers framing each side of the front door.  If you have only the steps to work with, try placing smaller pots on the different levels of steps, up next to the railing so that they wonít be obstructive and cause issues.

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When it comes to the planting materials for any of the entrance pots suggested above, just look at how much sun or shade they will get.  Are they under a porch awning or exposed to direct sunlight all day.  Once you select the perfect planters, filling them will not be an issue but a super fun adventure.

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Lastly, whatever style, size, or planting materials you choose, please, please, please keep them cleaned up, watered, fertilized, and well maintained.  It wonít matter how much you spend on a garden planter if they are ignored and not taken care of.

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Create Classic Potted Topiary



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How to create classic potted topiary

Materials:

4 large terracotta pots
Bark Chips
Pottery Mix
Slow-Release Plant Food Fertilizer

4 Ė box trees in different topiary shapes, real or faux

Most topiary from a garden center or nursery will come in a plastic container.  We think that isnít very decorative or nice looking so we recommend our Italian Terracotta Standard or European Style Pottery.  If you look on our website you will see both styles, come in many sizes and are shipped directly to us from the Italian factory.  This is not a cheap, easily damaged terracotta clay.  Each of these pots is fired in a gas kiln making the color even, sun-backed, and stunning.

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The clean lines of the topiary are matched by the simplicity of the terracotta pots.  Since the eye is drawn to the outlines of the box plants, decorated or colorful pots would be a distraction.

Fill the bottom of the planter with bark chips.  This keeps the potting mix from coming out and the water able to run off.  You want to keep the drain hole free and clear for good drainage but not totally open so the soil runs out.

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Remove the tree from the nursery pot and place it in the terracotta container surrounding it with potting mix.  Push down the side so there are no large air pockets.  Scatter the fertilizer over the top and then finish off with more bark chips.  Water well and position in sun or partial shade.

***Plant anytime of year!


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Grow & Dry Potted Basil



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How to dry fresh basil.

You may ask why we are bringing up drying basil in the dead of winter?  Well, we think you should be planning now what herbs, flowers, and plants you want to grow in garden containers this coming spring.  So maybe if we tell you how to dry potted basil (popular herb) and why you want to dry it, you will include it in your coming garden décor.

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Dried basil in flowerpots can be used in so many cooking recipes.  Sauces, pesto, chicken and pasta dishes.  It really is one of the most used and desired herbs you can pot and grow at home.  And, have you ever priced basil at the grocery store?  argh.

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If you donít want to grow your own basil in flowerpots you can always dry any fresh basil that you purchase at the grocery store.

After harvesting the basil grown in clay planters, make sure itís gently washed.  Lay the basil bunches in a dish strainer or on a kitchen towel where they can dry completely.  Remove as much stem as possible because they donít dry so well.

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Preheat your oven to the lowest setting.  Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread leaves out so they arenít touching. Place in the oven for around 1 to 2 hrs. checking every 15 mins or so.  You donít want the leaves to burn but just feel dry to the touch.  Remove and cool completely.  Now you can crumble it up removing any stems.  Bottle the crumbles and store in a cabinet out of sunlight.

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See how simple this is!  You can easily grow and dry your own basil in almost any size and kind of flowerpot.  By using a clay planter instead of planting directly into your yard or garden, you can container the roots from spreading.  We like to grow all herbs in terracotta clay instead of other types of garden pottery because the clay will breathe and that is good for creating healthy roots.  So, if you have clay flowerpots or any clay planters laying around use those first.  Just make sure they are large enough to hold the number of herbs you want to grow.

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Post Last Updated: 2/20/2020 2:02:42 PM 

Plant Leaves In Clay Planters



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How to create interesting garden containers

If you have a green thumb touch, or maybe not so much here are some tips that may help when it comes to what types of plant materials to pot in your garden containers.  Of course, everyoneís tastes are different and we encourage that, but these tips can work in general ways also.  These tips also work with all types of garden containers.  Clay flowerpots, Clay Planters, Concrete Pottery, Glazed flowerpots, tall, thin and window box pottery.  Make it simple and keep it simple!

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Mix different leaf textures & sizes
Potting green plants in your home and garden pottery or containers is not the most exciting thing to do but if you think about it, they make a wonderful filler for very little financial investment.  If you put your palms, flowers, bulbs or succulents in the center of your planter and fill the border with leaves and greens you will have a much fuller flower pot arrangement without a lot of expense.

Sample:

Lambís Ear:  We love these silky soft leaves.   They range from pale yellow to deep emerald green and have a fuzzy softness to them.  These are great when planted in clay planters all alone because they grow fast and provide lots of colors as well as filler.  The leaves have almost a light grey cast to them because of all the fuzz.  Love it!

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Ferns:  Ferns are known for their feathery tapered leaves.  They range in too many colors to list here but they are perfect as filler or as stand-alone.  Each leaf has a natural bend to it so it looks lovely draped on the outside of your clay flowerpots and glazed planters.  Ferns are also perfect for patio or porch hanging terracotta planters.

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Hosta:  These leaves are little paddles that look lovely when mixed with spikey flowers or plants that have height.  A deep green that complements all colors of flowers, even white.  When mixed with other green leaf plants they add a tremendous contrast in color and style to all your clay planters or clay flowerpots.

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So hopefully these few suggestions can spark some inspiration in you and make potting up your home and garden planters, clay flowerpots or clay window box planters easier, more enjoyable and lovely to look at.
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Post Last Updated: 2/5/2020 1:17:59 PM 

Save Water With Ollas



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What is an Olla and why do you need them?

The definition of an olla is a low fired, clay ceramic vessel used to save a gardener time, energy and water.  Potted planters watered this way do not put stress on water sources and help potted plants to live long healthy lives.  A clay olla watering jar is considered an inexpensive way to maximize the output of your garden while minimizing overwatering, runoff and water loss.

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When watering your garden containers, it is sometimes difficult to get enough water to the roots of the plants only without the water flowing out the bottom drain hole and on to the porch or patio surface.  With the olla planted in the center of the flowerpot, the water will seep out the sides of the porous clay directly into the area where the roots are located.  Many times, the roots will be drawn to this source of water and wrap themselves around the olla bottle.  Water irrigation for garden planters becomes super-efficient and has little runoff or evaporation.

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Bury a watering clay olla in the center of your garden container, leaving 2Ē above the opening of the bottom so dirt and mulch donít fall inside.  Gently tap soil around the olla making sure there are no air pockets.  Fill with water.  Plan on checking the water levels of the ollas on a regular schedule until you have worked with them for a bit to understand how much and how often you should refill them.

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Small size watering ollas are good for porch and patio pots.  Usually, space would be about 2 feet long like a window box planter or wide like a round garden pot or garden bowl.  The medium size is best when you have large planters where you need to water around 3 feet.  The large size is better for potted trees, large shrubs or the largest planters you have.  You can always use multiple ollas in each pot or window box.

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FYI:  When leaving for a short vacation, Ollas are the perfect solution for your flowers to stay healthy and watered while you are gone.  With the slow release of water, they should be good for up to 10 days or so.

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So, a quick recap:
Ollas save water
Good for when on Vacation
Saves money and is inexpensive to purchase & place.
Self-regulating watering system
Promotes root development
Improves soil structure


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Post Last Updated: 1/7/2020 12:37:00 PM 

Yummy - Easy - Healthy Potted Garlic



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Looking for something easy to plant and grow in a decorative patio pot, something healthy to eat, wonderful to smell, and looks good in a garden planter?  GARLIC!


If you have never tried to grow garlic in a garden container and watch it grow so you can harvest it, then you are missing out for sure.  Itís really so easy and fun to do.  Great for kids and older adults alike.  Just follow a few easy tips and you can have great success growing your potted garlic.

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As we all know, garlic is one of the most popular herbs you can grow.  Itís used in almost all recipes from spaghetti sauce, to stir fry and everything in between.  Garlic is reported to be a wonderful medicinal plant owing to its preventive characteristics in cardiovascular diseases, regulating blood pressure, lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels, effective against bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections, enhancing the immune system and so much more.

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The first thing to consider is the right type of garlic to plant in your flowerpot.  If you live in a cold climate purchase Hard neck. The Soft neck kind is better for warmer climates.  You can google this for more information.  The second thing to consider is where you will place the garden containers once they are planted.  The best place to locate your pottery is where they will get full sun.  A patio area or yard and garden area where they can get direct sun without an overhang or awning.

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When selecting the container to grow the garlic in you will need one that is at least 6 inches (15 cm.) deep and has excellent drainage. The garden container also needs to be big enough to leave 6 inches (15 cm.) of space between cloves.  We recommend a terracotta planter, window box, or garden bowl because the clay breathes and is healthy for the soil and garlic to get good air circulation.  But most any garden container will yield success.

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Start with fresh potting mix.  Donít reuse mix from year after year in any of your flowerpots, because the garlic will deplete the nutrients in the soil.  Separate the cloves carefully and set them into the mix pointy side up about 4 to 6 inches into the soil.  Space apart.  Top with soil and mulch the planter.

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Donít overwater these planters.  Allow the soil to dry a bit between watering but never dry out completely.  Feed each flowerpot with fertilizer during the active growing season to help things along.  Stop fertilizing the potted garlic mid-summer when the leaves begin to turn brown and die back.  You will know when to harvest when half or more of the leaves have died.  That is the time to dig up the bulbs.

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Dig them up being careful not to bruise or cut them.  Lay them out to dry for 2 to 3 weeks in a shady area or in a garage.  When the roots feel brittle, rub them off along with excess dirt, but leave the papery skins intact.  You can now store them in bunches, braid them or cut off the stems a few inches above the bulb.  Store on a screen or shelf where they will get good cool, dry air.

See how simple this all is.  You just do a few things the right way and the garlic will reward you with healthy, plentiful amounts of cloves for use

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Post Last Updated: 1/20/2020 2:55:15 PM 

Give Terracotta Pottery A Second Look



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Arizona Pottery has been in the pottery industry since 2000.  We have seen and continue to see all kinds of trends come and go when it comes to choices of garden planters.  Fiberglass, Poly Resin, High Fired, Low Fired, Concrete, Black Clay, Terracotta the list goes on and on.

Why did we start with red terracotta and it continues to be our best seller?  Because it is timeless.  Terra cotta pots have been around for ages and they tend to come and go in popularity but in this post, we want to discuss some of the pros and cons.

When it comes to cons when using terra cotta flowerpots and garden planters the list is pretty short.
* Dry out quickly.
* Breakdown over time.
* Become heavy once planted.
* Discolor over time
* Plain and boring

So letís look at a few pros on why they are basically timeless and still popular.

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HEALTH
Healthy for a plantís, roots Ė Did you know that terra cotta clay breathes?  Yes, it is very healthy for all plants root systems.  Because the clay ďbreathesĒ it will also show the chemicals that are in your potting mix or fertilizer.  Every time you water the potted plant, the water soaks into the clay, eventually seeping out, the clay will start to show a calcium build up or white lines and markings.  This is loved and appreciated by many terracotta owners.  So much so that they try to age their planters by applying milk to the outside so that moss will grow and the pot will look aged faster than the natural process.

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WEIGHT
Terracotta planters are not known for being the heaviest garden containers around but once they are filled with damp potting mix, they can become quite heavy. This is great if you are planting a tree or shrub and the yard pot is placed in a spot where it will receive some wind.  Lightweight or Fiberglass containers will blow over very easily.  If you need added weight you can always put a brick or rocks in the bottom of the planter before adding the potting mix. Just make sure you have it placed where you want it since you wonít be able to move it easily.

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DISCOLORATION
One of the worse and most popular reasons for using terracotta is the aging process that naturally occurs.  Like we stated above green thumb gardeners wonít use anything else and rejoice in the aging process.  It is a sign of beauty and age that can hardly be duplicated.  If you are the type who likes their containers to look brand new then Terracotta is not the planter for you.

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PLAIN/BORING
Yes, terracotta is ageless and is seen everywhere.  Maybe you need something different a bit more modern or contemporary.  Terra cotta pottery is considered traditional, timeless and naturalistic, all good things but maybe not your thing.  That is fine.  If you like the look of clay but not clay itself there are resin pots that are textured and come in the terracotta color that will stand up to an explosion.  Unless someone walks up and knocks on the planter they will not know itís not the real clay of terracotta.

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So, these are the best pros and cons that we can think of today.  How about you?  What do you like or not like about Terracotta garden planters and containers.

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