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Watering Succulents & Cactus



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Today Succulents and Cactus are very popular.  You see larger selections of them to choose from at your local garden center or nursery.  They look so fantastic with their weird leaves and spikes yet are the perfect plant to put into garden containers or indoors decorative pottery.  If you have tried to pot these plants and had issues with over or under watering we would like to offer a few tips.

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Did you know that the word succulent means a plant that can hold excess water?  Their leaves look really puffy and fleshy almost like they will squirt liquid.  Now there are other succulents like cactus that may not look that way but donít require a lot of water to survive.

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When it comes to how much and when is best to water a succulent container, the rule that works best is to allow the soil to become dry between watering but not hard and compact.  Usually what happens is you see some top soil that has dried out, usually from the wind conditions, and think the plant needs more.  That is incorrect.  Over watering is the one main reason for potted succulent problems.

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The correct way to water is to wait till the water drains out the drain hole of the planter base.  Water again and let drain completely.  This allows the potted succulents roots time to drink in water.  You donít want your garden container sitting in water or the plant will continue to suck up the liquid.

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If you question whether you need more water or not it is best to go with under watering than over watering.  Remember that succulent garden planters grow slowly in winter so they need much less water than summer months.  If your pots are indoors you may need to water every 4 days if your homes indoor air is arid.

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The best way to water is to use a small watering can and place the spout on the soil.  Itís best not to water the leaves only.  By watering the soils surface you give the roots of the potted succulent a longer time to absorb the liquid.  It wonít hurt the leaves if they get wet but aim for the soil surface first.

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Post Last Updated: 10/31/2018 2:51:50 PM 

Potted Peach Tree



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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 donít 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 wonít 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 donít 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 

Potted Wheatgrass



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You have seen more than enough articles and blog posts on how to grow herbs, veggies and succulents. 
Now that the public is becoming more health aware they are potting up and growing their own food and edibles.  Here are some easy and fun tips for growing Wheat grass.

Wheat grass is a flavorful way to get more greens into your diet.  By planting a tray of it you will always have this healthy option close at hand.  Hereís howÖ

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Start by selecting a shallow container.  Bonsai dishes, oval and square garden planters, garden bowls and wok planters all work with great success.  You donít need a deep flowerpot or tray to grow wheat grass since the seeds are not buried but lay on top of the soil to grow.

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Purchase seeds from your local garden center.  Fill the garden pot with soil mix about 1Ē deep.  Gently compress the soil mix in the planter.  Water soil till moist but not dripping wet.  Cover about half the planting area with seeds but try to make sure they donít touch.  Lightly compress the seeds into the soil.  Cover the pot with a lid or upturned plant saucer.
 56potted-Wheat-Grass Check the potted seeds and moisture twice a day.  When seeds germinate, remove lid and place the flowerpot in a warm indoors area where there is sun.  Check daily for water moisture.  Harvest with scissors any wheat grass that is 6í high.  The wheat grass will grow back a second time after harvesting.  

When spent, toss everything into the compost pile and start over with a cleaned out flowerpot.

Suggestions:  Juice the grass, blend the whole grass in a smoothie, add to a salad mix or to any soup dish.

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Post Last Updated: 10/16/2018 2:52:30 PM 

Grow Ginger In Flowerpots



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If you read any health or cooking magazine, you have read how healthy Ginger is and how everyone should be using it.  At Arizona Pottery we think you should grow your own in decorative flowerpots and garden containers.  Itís easy and fun to do, so here are some tips.

With your life so busy, you may ask ďWhy would I want to grow my own Ginger?Ē  Well, by potting up your own you are sure there are no pesticides or other harmful ingredients added to the potting soil or water.  And, it saves money.  If you start using more ginger then you can save some real money by growing your own in flowerpots.

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First thing is to select a garden container or planter to use for potting.  Since Ginger grows horizonally we suggest a wide pot.  Garden Bowls or wok styles are perfect.  Just make sure the planter is wider then deeper and has good drainage.  Use rich potting mix that allows good drainage. This is not the time for heavy soil that will cause root rot.

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Next go to the store and find ginger pieces that have new growth buds on them if possible.  This little bud will grow between the large arms.  If there arenít any then buy what the store offers anyway.  Once you get it home, soak in water for 24 hrs to remove growth inhibitor, and dirt.

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If no buds on the ginger, place in a window until buds start sprouting.  Could take a couple of days.  Then place the piece of ginger in potting soil and cover with an inch of soil.  You donít need to pack it all the way to the top of the planter.  Leave some room for watering.

Place the garden container in indirect sunlight indoors because it doesnít like wind or direct sun.  Water regularly, making sure soil is damp but never soggy.  It takes months to grow so be patient.  It ranges from 3 to 8 months where you can start to pull of sections of the plant to use.  And if you want you can even transplant them into other garden planters and give as gifts, to neighbors or co-workers.

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Ginger is so healthy.  Just google it and you will be amazed at the healing properties.  Use in smoothies, tea, oatmeal and on most food where it adds a delightful taste.  Ginger can be grated, sauteed, sliced, julienned and used on most all food groups.

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Post Last Updated: 10/24/2018 2:17:50 PM 

Potted Ponytail Palms



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Let's pot a Ponytail Palm

Have you ever heard of these wonderful plants?  Even though it's called a ponytail palm it's not really a palm at all but a member of the lily family.  It has an unusual nickname "Elephant Foot Tree" because of it's bulbous base and thin trunk.

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These potted plants are native to the desert so they like direct sunlight.  Place them in large garden containers and make sure they are getting as much direct sunlight as possible.  You don't need deep garden planters since the root systems are very shallow but sometimes a deeper pot looks more uniform and pleasing.

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Since the palm is a deep forest green color you can use any type of container from terracotta to colorful glazed pottery.  A bright and cheerful planter will compliment this palm beautifully.

These potted ponytail palms are drought tolerant and don't like much water.  Never allow water to sit in the bottom of the flowerpot or saucer.  The palm stores water in its big base and doesn't need much water before it may start to rot.  Use a good potting mix with lots of sand in the mix in the garden container.

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Under-watering this potted palm will show up as brown foliage.  Over-watering will show stem or root rot.  If you watch the watering and make sure you have a nice sized planter, your potted ponytail palm will add beauty and interest to your home and garden collection of planters.

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Post Last Updated: 10/24/2018 2:14:53 PM 

Why Plant Bulbs In Fall



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Why should you plant garden bulbs in Fall?

This is a good question. This time of year when everything is starting to slow down when it comes to your garden, landscape and garden pottery.  You should be thinking about cleaning out all your home and garden planters, washing them up and storing them for the winter if they can't handle the freezing temps and cold.

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But, now is also the time you should pot up your garden bulbs for next Spring.  Sounds strange doesn't it?  Well potted bulbs need time in cooler weather conditions for several months in order for them to bloom come Spring.  Basically it's the coldness of winter that encourages the bulbs to bloom.  You can plant them directly into the ground of course but we feel there is nothing more beautiful come Spring then large flowerpots bursting with color and fragrance.  

Garden containers are also the way to go if you live in an areas where animals can get to them for food.  The containers will keep them safe and comfy till they bloom in Spring.

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Potted bulbs like well draining soil or they will rot.  Use our Pot Filler to fill the bottom of your planters.  It will let the excess water drain off, keeps the soil from draining out the hole and provides better air circulation.   A garden planter of bulbs also like 5 hours of sunlight during the growing season so make sure your planters are placed in a nice semi sunny spot.

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Once the days get shorter and cooler you should be shopping the bulb catalogs for the ones you one to plant this next year. You want the soil in your planters to stay cool but not freeze. Leaves are changing color and dropping from trees.  It's a beautiful time of year when nature says FALL is coming.  This is the time to pot up your bulbs.

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Either use existing garden
planters or shop ArizonaPottery.com for some new ideas in pottery, pots and yard planters.  We are not going to go into the planting etc of bulbs. This blog is to address the fact that now is the time to start planting.

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Post Last Updated: 10/24/2018 2:14:06 PM 

Containers that say "Welcome"



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Creating any landscape decor is fun and awesome to try.  Doing it with potted plants and flowers is really creative and delightful.  When you look at your front yard landscape do you see it as welcoming and warm or barren and cold?

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With the holidays coming and guests arriving more than normal, now is the time to take a check on the pots you have displayed and start to consider the pottery you need to add.  There is nothing more inviting to your guests than a wonderful display of flowerpots or houseplants.  We know how much you care about the inside of your home, so now is the time to make sure the outside shows the same attention.

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Potted garden containers are really just mini gardens with in a garden.  When placed near the front door entryway or porch it's your way of saying welcome with potted flowers that not only look lovely but smell pleasing.  Select pottery that matches or compliments your exterior.  Maybe you have a large porch with white wicker furniture and lace.  Fill those planters with pinks, lavender and lots of green ferns to compliment and complete the look.

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If you have a walkway that has matching pillars on each side of the entryway this is the time to make sure they are topped with large garden bowls overflowing with colorful flowers and pot toppers.  Maybe you don't have access to a garden hose, then pot them with succulents or cacti, that don't take a lot of care.  Create a elegant and stylish look that is simple yet sensational.

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By adding tons of colored flowers to your garden containers you create a burst of beauty that is always pleasing to the eyes and so welcoming to your guests.  Always add a sweet fragrant plant to welcome your guests with perfume that says.... LOVELY!  If you want to decorate them for the holidays that is fun and creative also.  Fill the pots with gourds and mini pumpkins for fall or evergreens and branches with red berries for Christmas.

Lastly, keep the potted flowers and plants you display cleaned up.  Don't let them die off and clutter up the planters.  Keep them dead headed and new flowers re-potted so that they look lovely all season long.  Nothing says we don't care what you think then garden pottery filled with dead or dying flowers and plants.

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Post Last Updated: 9/19/2018 3:09:04 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 

Potted Succulent Arrangements



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Succulents come in so many sizes, unusual shapes, colors and textures that it is hard to decide what to buy and how to pot them up.  So, here we have a few tips that we hope will help that process become easier and at the same time, create lovely arrangement.

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First you want to decide on what type of container and style of succulent arrangement you want.  How about a themed display like "camping", "the beach", at the farm, or a certain type of colored plants.  This really is the time you can get creative and crafty.  Making a themed arrangement is fun and very easy.

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So, pick a container that adds to the display.  A old metal picnic basket makes a wonderful "at the sea" arrangement.  Any flowerpot will also work.  Just remember that it doesn't need to be deep and it must have drain holes.  No succulent likes to sit in standing water.  The roots will drown and the plant will die immediately.  Standing water also attracts fungus so that is never good.

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Now when selecting the type of succulents, you can choose all of one color.  Do you want just large, green plants that all look the same and require the same amount of sun and water.  How about creating a beach potted arrangement with plants that look like coral and seaweed.  With bold colors and spiky branches.

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Maybe a farm theme where you place a toy tractor in the center of the potted succulent arrangements and surround it with moss for grass and plants that look like fields of corn.  You don't always have to pick special succulents to add.  You can use seashells, colored rocks and little ceramic animals or fish to the potted succulent container to make a themed statement.

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As a last point you never want to mix plants that don't go together. If a plant needs direct sunlight and very little water you don't want to mix it in the same container with plants that need partial shade and more water.  Just read the plant tags on each variety and see what you can put together to create a wonderful, playful succulent arrangement.

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Post Last Updated: 6/27/2018 1:55:27 PM 

Smashing Succulents Potted



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With more and more frequent & severe droughts becoming the norm, more and more folks are looking for ways to save water and still keep a potted garden.  Buried jars called "ollas' help to seep water onto the plants roots, along with times drip systems.  Why not start with a plant that is drought tolerant and save half the battle.

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Succulents are hardy and know for being durable when it comes to watering needs and schedules.  They come in all shapes and interesting sizes, from soft fuzz to spiky spears.  They are easy to grow, easy to divide and easy to maintain.  Who doesn't like all of these things.

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Have you ever seen a bed of hens & chicks.  So colorful, and interesting.  In Arizona we love the prickly pear cactus with their big mickey mouse ear pads.  Many potted succulents come in reds, blue and purples.  Who doesn't love that touch of color in your garden containers?

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Potted succulents love poor soil, low water conditions and dry shade.  If you are in a humid climate you can still grow succulents but you must make sure that the garden container you use has excellent drainage. Otherwise the succulents roots will rot and the leaves and stems will attract fungus.  Make sure that there is good air circulation around the container as with any time of potted plant.

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Most garden centers have potting mix for succulents & cactus and we recommend starting with these first.  Try potting a focal point plant in the center of the container.  Yucca are great because they shoot up and out and are outstanding looking. Then place smaller succulents around the focal point and  fill in.  Try to keep frost tender assortments together and low growing ones with slow growing ones.

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If you are looking for an outstanding display place a tall dracena tower in the center of a large planter with trailing succulents around the edge.  This really makes a huge statement.  Mix variegated ones with herbs, flowering companions, and ornamental grasses.  Mix it up!

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Post Last Updated: 6/20/2018 11:32:11 AM 



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