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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 

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 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 

Clear the Air At Home



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Clear the Air at Home

1.  Open the windows for 10 mins a day:
Doing this every day will increase the air circulation in your home, reducing lung irritating indoor air pollution by 20% or more.

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2.  Pick pump bottles for your lungs' sake:
Virtually anything you normally buy in an aerosol can is now available in a pump bottle - and making the switch significantly reduces the number of lung irritants released into the air.

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3.  Use an air purifier to banish germs:
Consider buying an air purifier to keep airborne germs - such as a cold or flue bug - from reaching you.  Tests show that even smaller purifiers can filter out as much as 99% of a rooms mold, dust, pet dander and airborne germs.

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4.  Decorate with potted plants to soak up ozone:
Of course we think this one is totally necessary.  If you are prone to unexplained headaches, coughing and the like, problem could be ozone, a common pollutant.  Not to worry:  Decorating with colorful potted flowerpots filled with houseplants can keep ozone levels low 24/7, studies have shown.

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5.  Opt for healthy cleaners:
Pick products made with vinegar or other gentle cleansers that are free of harsh chemicals that give off gases.  Safe brands to try include Seventh Generation and Method.

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You can't avoid all indoor pollutants!  According to researchers eating a few carrot sticks and an apple every day can shore up your defenses again inhaled irritants, cutting your risk of related health hassles as much as 63% So, who wouldn't place a potted plant around your home or open the windows a few minutes a day.  Your health is important to you and we care!  Give these a try!

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Post Last Updated: 3/12/2018 2:23:29 PM 

Start the New Year Fresh



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What's not to love?  It's a brand new year with brand new goals.  Do any of those included gardening?  We certainly hope so. January is the goal setting month and now is the perfect time to dig right in.  As always the winter months turn your garden and patio into a stark area full of colorless flowers and spent blooms.  Take a look at it again.  Look at your garden and patio again.

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How did your potted garden planters do last year?  Did the flowers, or evergreens you planted last all season, did you like the way they looked?  Now is the time to look to the past to assess for the future.  Do you think your planters could use some new potting soil?  If so then replace it.  There is nothing that will kill a wonderful potted garden pot faster than old, nutrient depleted potting mix.

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How do your garden pottery look?  Are you concrete planters chipped or the terracotta clay garden bowls and pots starting to wear?  Now would be a good time to research new planters.  There are great lightweight pots that will last a lifetime, new sandstone designs and colors.  How about a colorful glazed cigar jar or piece of pottery that looks like artwork?

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Then think about what you will plant this year.  More of the same because you had such great success with the plant materials and the pottery look that you have used in the past?  Great then go for it!

Need to upgrade?  Well you know where to look.  At ArizonaPottery.com we strive to find unique and well made pottery planters and pot accessories that we believe will help you create a backyard oasis for as inexpensively as possible.

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Lastly, check our your garden tools, hand gloves, garbage bags etc.  There is nothing worse then getting into a new season or planting and decorating and find out that everything needs to be upgraded.  You may even find super sales this time of year when planting is out of season.  Don't wait till Spring.

So go outside, take a look around you.  Dream and imagine and make your dreams come true. We are hear to help.

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Post Last Updated: 1/3/2018 11:55:56 AM 

Potted Bay Leaf Plants



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There are all kinds of plant materials that can be potted and placed on your porch or patio areas.  In this post we would like to focus on Bay Leaf or Bay Laurel plants.

If you have ever followed a receipt for a hearty stew or soup you will see them tell you to add a large bay leaf.  It adds a robust flavor and unique seasoning.  So lets' talk about the basics of potting the plant up and growing these beautiful leaves.

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Start by selecting a large garden container. Even thought it's a slow growing plant it can reach heights of 59 feet if all conditions are right.  Of course a container potted plant will not get this high but keep it pruned to around 6 feet tall.  Not only will it be more appealing but you can move the pot into the garage or shed when the weather gets colder.

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Make sure the planter has a drain hole.  Bay leaf plants are tolerant to most soil types but they will not tolerate soil that doesn't drain well.  The plant grows best in full sun to partial shade so place the selected pot where you want it before you pot the plant.

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Bay leaf plants have small yellow flowers in spring which turn into berries in the fall.  They are lush with leaves a green green with a yellow vein. Flat broad leaves help to fill in the planter so you will have a great addition to your landscape or patio area.

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There are many uses for bay leaves, hole, or crushed like poultices and aromatherapy.  You can look them up online.  They can even be used in wreaths and head crowns for athletes and rules of the past.

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Post Last Updated: 11/29/2017 3:16:08 PM 

Pot Tips you can use everyday!



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Can you ever really have to many pot tips?  We don't think so!  We believe you can never have enough.  We see hundreds a year and all are good tips that are timeless.  So as in the past, here we go again for some more great pottery tips.

Try putting a raw egg int he bottom of your garden containers when planting each spring.  As the roots grow around the eggs and they break down they will feed the plant giving it vitamins.

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Even though you may wear quality garden gloves when planting your garden containers, sometimes your nails and fingers suffer abuse. Moisturize your hands, slip on latex gloves and then put on your garden gloves. By the end of the day of potting you will be amazed.

At the end of the season instead of dumping out the good potting soil you planted in your garden containers, try sifting it thru a frying basket. The openings are exactly the right size, the basket has a handle which you can shake with and you can sift over a pail for convenience.

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In large garden containers place a plastic milk jug with the cap on prior to adding soil.  At the end of the season you can dump the soil and re-use the milk jugs.  The milk jugs keep the pot lighter in weight then rocks would do.

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Use aspirin to keep flowers blooming. Just drop two tablets of aspirin for each quart of water in the vase. The salicylic acid slows the aging process to cut flowers.

Use Alka-Seltzer to make a vase sparkle!  Have a hard to clean vase? Fill with water, drop in 2 Alka-Seltzer tabs and wait 10 mins.  The effervescent action lifts the grime your can't reach.

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So that is enough good tips for now.  We have tons more to share so stay tuned.  Give some of these a try and let us know how it works.

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Post Last Updated: 7/26/2017 3:28:14 PM 

Potted Plants That Repel Mosquitoes



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Summer is here and everyone is outside enjoying the lovely warm and sunny days.  As you start to think about what to pot in your garden containers that surround your home, porch or patio we have a great idea.  Did you ever think about potting plants that repel mosquitoes? Potted planters on your patio by the kitchen door or on the front porch. That way the next time you go outside to enjoy the warm summer days or cool summer nights you don't spend all your time batting away bugs.

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By potting up plants that can control mosquitoes you can control the amount of poisons that are available to do that same job.  What is really neat is that a lot of these plants do double duty, which means they are edible and can be used in cooking while still keeping mosquitoes at bay.  Below are some of the best picks.

Basil - good for cooking and you can make your own repellent by drying the herb, then steeping a cup of dried basil in 1/2 cup water. Put in a spray bottle.

Catnip - Potted Catnip is perfect for giving your indoor cats a treat and works well by repelling mosquitoes.  Move the pot indoors and outdoors as needed.

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Citronella - We all know this one.  Place in large garden planters around your patio table.  It's got a lemony scent that is pleasant.

Garlic - Crush the bulbs up and mix with water. Spray other plants with it to help repel insects.

Geranium - Potted and placed around the porch or patio where you may want to relax and it will help to control mosquitoes and other insects.

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Lavender - Who doesn't want potted lavender around the patio.  The smell is heavenly and the insects don't like it.  Perfect!

Lemon Balm - Smells a lot like citronella and works the same way.

Marygolds - These magical flowers help banish many types of bugs.

Peppermint - Delicious tasting (iced-t ) and great smelling, make good mosquito repellent.

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Rosemary - No body cooks chicken now days without some rosemary. The fragrance is full bodied and the taste heavenly.  Pot some up and place around the patio for insect repellent.

So hope you can use some of these wonderful ideas to keep mosquitoes away.

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Post Last Updated: 8/7/2017 9:47:50 AM 



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