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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 

Protect Perennials For Winter



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Now that we are in the middle of Winter how are you unprotected flowerpot perennials doing?  If you havenít taken any steps to protect them this will be your last chance.  Snow and freezing temps can really dish out a beating on your outdoor potted plants.  Without these added steps they can become damaged and possibly not make it till next Spring.

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When looking at your potted rosebushes, flowers, and grasses you need to decide if they need to be cut back so by next spring new growth will appear.  Maybe the planters, want to keep all the dead foliage as a layer of protection from the cold weather, then itís best to leave it alone. 

We all know how a planter of roses needs to be cut back to ensure next seasons growth.  Whether you decide to cut back or leave as is the perennial garden containers you have they all can use a nice dose of mulch.  Mulch will act as a barrier between the cold and freezing roots.  Lay a blanket of fall leaves, some shredded hay or a layer of pinecones, rocks or nuts in the shell.  Create a blanket for the potting mix and plants roots to sleep in comfortably.

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Potted grasses have become very popular over the last few years. They provide a unique almost contemporary look to your homes landscaping and outdoor décor.  They love to be cut back to not only keep them looking their best but to help them conserve their energy during the cold winter months.  Come Spring they will grow again in the colorful vibrant foliage you desire.

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Hydrangea planters donít need to be cut back but if you do so you will be richly rewarded with larger blooms next Spring.  If you choose not to cut them back or just missed the time of year to do so donít worry.  Come next Spring you will still get smaller flowers but the older branches will grow studier.

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Post Last Updated: 2/19/2019 2:48:46 PM 

Perfect Potted Trees



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Perfect Potted Trees

If you live in an apartment, condo, penthouse or tiny home and the thought of having large potted trees seems impossible then think again!  A tree in a garden pot is a great way to add color, life, and beauty to patio or porch areas where there are no trees around.  Maybe you want a bit of privacy or protection, then trees in flowerpots are the solution.

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You may think that a tree is a garden planter needs a lot of space to grow.  Well not necessarily!  Many come in pygmy sizes or can adjust its growth based on the size of pot that you choose to plant it in.  When it comes to selecting a garden container the one thing all trees need is good drainage.  If you find an outdoor pot that doesnít have a drain hole then one can be drilled.

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Garden containers come in so many different varieties that it will be a tough choice to make.  For health reason clay or terracotta is always the best and safest because it breathes and is healthiest for any trees root system.  But if you need a pop of color, try a colorful hand glazed planter.   They are colorful, high shine and large enough to hold a tree.

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Other options for tree containers could be Talavera which is ethic and bold bright colors, concrete when you donít want to have to re-pot in a few years and need durability or if weight is an issue then you must go with Poly Resin. This is a lightweight product that comes in 32 colors and huge sizes that are easy to move and relocate.

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Some varieties of trees that pot up well are Dwarf Fig, Olive, Japanese Maple or Bay Trees.  We love dwarf conifers that are trimmed into topiary and stay green all season long without dropping leaves or fruit.  Go to your local nursery or garden center and talk with the staff.  Better yet browse the potted tree section and look at the different varieties and find the one that fits your fancy. Read the tree tag and give it a go if it seems like a good fit.

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The main thing to remember is that it IS possible to have potted trees around your home, patio, balcony or yard and it IS easy to do.  Have fun enjoy the process and your planted tree container will give you many years of enjoyment.


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Post Last Updated: 2/19/2019 2:29:52 PM 

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 

Can Poinsettia Rebloom?



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Can you get potted Poinsettias to rebloom?

Everyone buys poinsettia for holiday gifts or for home decorations.  They are the flower that represent Christmas.  They are given as hostess gifts every year in the thousands.  Many folks really enjoy receiving them and giving them.  Now if you are a green thumb gardener the thought of tossing a spent poinsettia in the trash is unheard of.  Below we give you some tips on getting them to rebloom.

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When trying to get a potted poinsettia to rebloom you donít need to repot the plant.  Just treat them like you would any potted houseplant.  Make sure they get lights, allow them to dry out slightly between watering and feed them with fertilizer according to the label.  When the flower petals fade and fade off cut back the stems to just below the flowers and let them continue to grow.

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Come next spring, place them outside in indirect sunlight. Let them grow and if necessary repot them into a larger garden container.  By the end of summer bring the pot indoors again.  Now the hard part starts.  The potted poinsettia needs 15 hrs of darkness, so daily cover them with a box from 5 at night to 8 the following morning.

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If you do this successfully in November your plants will color and you can end this covering situation.  Set them back in indirect sunlight and they should be good to go for the whole holiday season.


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Post Last Updated: 11/20/2018 10:50:30 AM 

Potted Spinach




Did you know that growing Spinach in a garden pot is really easy to do for a number of reasons?  It likes the shade and you can grow it indoors on a windowsill.  Do you eat a lot of fresh spinach and are tired of that bagged stuff from the grocery store?  Then read on and learn how simple it is to grow your own spinach in a flowerpot.

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The best size of pot to start growing spinach in should be at least 8Ē deep.  This is considered a standard flowerpot size and easy to find.  We sell Italian clay 8Ēgarden pots that would be perfect.  Next decide if you want to fill the pot with seeds or starter plants.

Each spinach plant requires approximately 3Ē of space so make sure you give them that.  If you think you may want to wait to harvest the leaves till they are larger then give them 5Ē of space or if you like the idea of eating tender small leaves give the potted plants 2Ē space.  You decide and pick a container accordingly.

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If you are thinking about trying this growing idea in the Fall then place the garden container in a sunny spot.  In Spring & Summer when it gets really hot place the flowerpot in a area that gets some shade, especially in the afternoons.  You donít want to burn those tender leaves that you plan on eating so move the planter accordingly.

Always use a quality growing mix and make sure the planter you use has drain hole.  You donít want soggy soil.  When watering, avoid watering the foliage and keep the soil damp not soggy or wet.  Donít get overly concerned about water, just make sure the soil is moist.

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Growing indoors requires a pot that has a drain saucer.  You want the over water to drain off the soil but a saucer will be necessary to catch it.  Use smaller pots that fit into your window and plant fewer plants in each.  A window will provide enough sunlight but not all-day sunlight so itís prefect.

When the spinach stem has 5 leaves you can start to pick them off and eat them.  Start with outer leaves and leave the inner leaves so they will grow larger.  Once all the leaves are gone, cut off the whole plant at the base and it will re-sprout again.


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Post Last Updated: 11/20/2018 10:35:12 AM 

Growing Pumpkins In Flowerpots



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Letís grow a pumpkin in a flowerpot!

If you find yourself limited to a deck or patio and no yard in sight then we have the solution for how to grow your own pumpkin.  Put them in a flowerpot.  It is not that difficult and really a fun thing to do.

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Of course, as with anything you are going to grow in a garden pot start by picking the container.  Pumpkins need and like room, so think big.  The larger the better.  If you want to grow mini pumpkins you can get away with a smaller container but honestly they need room to grow.

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If you are a apartment dweller and only have a balcony you should use a long rectangle window box as big as you can manage.  Try to get one that is 36Ē long if possible and make sure whatever you use that there are drain holes in the bottom.  As with other plants the roots of these pumpkins do not like soggy soil.  Drill extra if necessary.

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When selecting soil pick a potting mix that is good for containers.  Mix equal pots of mix and compost.  The compost improves the waterís retention which pumpkin vines like.  Add in a slow release fertilizer to the soil and fill the container up to 2Ē below the rim.

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Time to add the seeds. We recommend following the seed packet directions.  Make sure to water frequently since pumpkins are thirsty. There are many varieties you can grow but we suggest you start with smaller varieties or mini pumpkins.  Get your feet wet with the little ones and then get bigger from there.

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Post Last Updated: 11/20/2018 10:14:27 AM 

Fall Flower Suggestions For Pottery



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Now that Fall has arrived what do you garden planters look like?  If you are tired of cleaning out your summer containers and leave those same planters empty all fall and winter than there are a few suggestions of fall flowers that are easy, colorful and fun to pot up.

Visiting your local home and garden center will show you many of the fall flowers that are available and ready to take hope and plant in your patio pots.  During this time of the year they are so important for providing color and texture to a garden or yard that may be looking a bit worn out and tired.

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Consider these flowers when redesigning your garden pottery for the yard, porch or patio.

Sunflowers Ė who doesnít love these cheery yellow flowers that will last till the first frost.  They can attract songbirds and are prefect to cut and bring indoors for a decorative touch.

Daisy is another cheerful and bright addition to any plant container.  They attract butterflies, also make great cut flowers for indoor arrangements and come in many wonderful colors.

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Aster is a fall flower that blooms in yellow, orange and red which means they will compliment any fall mixture of plant materials you group together in a flowerpot.  They love the sun.  Autumn crocus is similar to the spring blooming crocuses and grow up to 6Ē high.  Great when placed in the center of a garden container with smaller flowers surrounding it.  They require little maintenance and are perfect for all containers.

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Pansies are always great for fall and perfect for garden pottery.  They have the sweetest little faces and come in all shades of colors.

Ornamental Kale & cabbage have become more and more popular and are seen planted in most fall containers.  Their colorful purple and deep green ruffled leaves add aesthetic qualities that other flowers do not.  The colors of potted cabbage and kale intensifies as it gets colder outdoors.

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We hope we gave you some good suggestions on different types of flowers to pot up for fall and that you give one of them a try.  We think you will be pleased and your garden pottery will look stunning!


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Post Last Updated: 11/13/2018 12:00:18 PM 



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