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How To Select A Garden Container



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There are many things you need to consider when choosing garden containers for your home and garden needs.  Letís start with the obvious and that is what is the planter going to be used for?  Are you looking for a garden pot to grow herbs and vegetables in?  Is this planter more for beauty and décor or is it to fill a blank area on the patio or porch. 

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Terracotta garden pottery has been around longer than any other substance besides baskets.  It is made out of clay that breathes and is considered most healthy for a plants root system.  Terracotta is rustic and natural looking and comes in many styles and sizes.  As you must know a clay garden pot can only come so large. This is because they are fired inside a kiln and kilns are only so large. The larger the clay pot the more issues with cracks forming while being fired.

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So, if you want a large garden planter you need to consider them made from mixes that can be poured into molds and cured over time instead of being fired in a kiln.  Concrete, Sandstone and Poly Resin can all be made in huge sizes since they are made with molds.  They are durable and long lasting which is what you want and need if you are using a large planter.

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Glazed or ceramic colored pottery is great because it comes in shiny, colors and finishes.  Blue, Red, Green etc and so many more, where you can match your garden pottery to your home or landscape décor.  These pots are usually durable but only frost resistant which means they canít handle the cold freezing temperatures.  Glazed garden pots are perfect for indoors where they add interest and beauty along with function to your homes design and décor.

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Do you live in an apartment where you need a lightweight container where you can move it around, fill it up or take it with you when your needs change over time?  Then poly resin is the way to go. This is not an ordinary plastic pot but a commercial grade non-fade, will never crack, chip or warp or break.  With 32 color choices these are the super choice for indoors or outdoors.

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We hope we gave you a few things to think about.  Call 800-420-1808 if you have further questions.

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Post Last Updated: 10/24/2018 2:13:03 PM 

Prep Tips For Fall Containers



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How to prep your garden containers for Fall

Itís much easier to turn a spent Summer garden container into a Fall planter than you think.  Just follow some easy tips provided below and create wonderful Fall planters.

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Donít leave your entryway garden containers empty this time of year.  Now is perfect for seasonal color and rust grasses.  Evergreen foliage will add life to any type or style of landscape container.  When you visit your local garden center you should see lots of Fall colored mums.  Bright yellow, orange and reds, deep burgundy, purple and gold.

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Simply by adding a center mum and surrounding it with pumpkins, gourds and succulents you can create a wonderful Fall planter that will take you into winter and welcome your guest with warmth and beauty.  Plant rustic grass in the center of a terracotta planter then surround it with ornamental kale and cabbage with dark deep greens and purple leaves. 

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Instead of just planting typical green houseplants in your entryway planters how about herbs like cilantro, thyme and oregano?  They can all handle the cooler weather.  Plant trailing ivy, gold mums and red flowers in your garden container of choice and then set pumpkins and gourds around the outside of the pot.  You donít even have to plant anything.

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Try mixing dark purple and deep green of kale and cabbage and fill around the outside of the pot with mini WHITE pumpkins and create a purple and white display of color. Stunning & elegant!

One tip that you can never fail at it to over stuff your pottery. Mix lots of plants, greens and ornamental items without space between them.  This creates a full and colorful display.  By using a neutral based color planter like terracotta or taupe you can mix tons of colors in the pot and they will all look grand.

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Post Last Updated: 10/24/2018 1:25:26 PM 

Turn Baskets Into Garden Planters



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We love to see baskets used as garden planters.  Any type of container that can be reused, recycled or re-purposed is a plus for us, for you and for the environment.  A basket container adds so much texture, and interest to your porch or patio that it has to be encouraged and implemented.

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If you donít have a favorite basket that you no longer want indoors or if you need to purchase baskets to turn into garden planters, then look no further than a thrift store or garage sale.  Most folks have them already laying around because they make the most wonderful ways to organize all kinds of household items.

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Like with any flowerpot start by thinking about what you want to pot.  Are you into houseplants or colorful flowers.  Do you need a small basket planter for a table-scape or will this stand alone holding a large tree or shrub?  Is the baskets pretty worn looking and could use a touch of color or is the beauty of the rattan lovely in itís natural state?

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Start by painting it or not. Then the most important step is to spray a couple of coats of a protectant clear sealer.  This will help the basket to last longer and is a very inexpensive step to follow.  If you donít want to pot directly into the basket you will need to line it with a garbage bag that is cut to fit.  If the basket pot has a tight weave you can plant directly into it.  Make sure the bag doesnít show at the top.  You want to poke a few drain holes in the bottom of the bag.

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Next add some pea gravel, rocks or pot shards to the bottom.  This helps with the basket planter drainage and to hold the basket down if it gets windy outside.  Follow the rocks with potting mix but only fill about 2/3 full.  Because you will need room for the plants and donít want them all the way to the top of the basket container. 

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Lastly, once the plants are potted, you can add some more soil to cover the roots but donít pack to hard and donít fill the basket to full and you should be good to go.  Display this lovely basket planter on the porch next to the front door, on the patio on a table or anywhere you want some texture, color and beauty.

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Post Last Updated: 10/24/2018 2:15:52 PM 

What is a "spill" pot?



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What is a "Spill" pot?

Well to us here at Arizona Pottery it is a garden planter that has been turned on it's side, placed on the ground and has flowers or grass growing out of it.  It's a garden container that looks like it has flowers, or colorful grasses spilling out of the inside onto the ground surrounding it.

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The look that we are referring to is not something new in the gardening community.  Turning a flowerpot on it's side has been around for a long time.  We just wanted to show you some of the great designs that we are seeing resurface online.  

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If you have a large yard and would like to mix it up a bit we think adding a "spill" pot to the landscape can create a unconventional look that is both interesting and functional.  Some of the designs we are seeing have the pot completely filled and overflowing with plant materials. While other pots have just a few coming out the mouth of the planter. 

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Many planters only spill for a few inches while others have plants flowing out for many yards across the ground.  Of course it all depends on how much room you have and what kind of design you are looking for.  Do you like green succulents and cacti spill out or would you prefer lots of colorful blooming flowers?  Now is the time to get creative and have fun.

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We recommend you stand back and think about what you need when it comes to the size of the planter and then choose the plant materials accordingly.  Don't use tiny small flowers in a large wide mouth landscape pot. If you like tall ornamental grass spilling out then maybe a large pot is necessary.  Ask yourself if you like a water jar shaped pot that looks like it has blue flowers spilling out like a liquid.  Maybe this is the time for colored glass beads or painted stones.

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So, now you know what a "Spill" pot is.  If you give this idea a go share with us your photos. We would love to see them.

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Post Last Updated: 6/27/2018 3:17:05 PM 

Beautiful Container Tips



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When you think of a summer patio, porch or garden area what do you imagine?  Furniture, water feature and of course large garden containers filled with flowers & sweet smelling plants.  In this post we would like to share a few tips we hope that you haven't thought of and find helpful.

Every year you notice that by mid summer your garden containers are looking a bit worn, tired and faded.  When the temps keep climbing your planters keep shriveling and you wonder what can you do.  Here are a few tips we think are good.

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1.  Pick a perfect pot for your plants and flowers.  Make sure you start with a container that is not too small.  If the pot is to small it will crowd the potted plants roots and the plant will suffer.  The roots of a healthy plant need room to grow, availability to water and nutrients from the potting mix.  Containers to large will hold moisture leading to rotting roots, lack of oxygen and basically drowning.  Fungus loves moist areas and this is not good for your flowers or plants.

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2.  Have a plan in advance.  A garden center can be like a toy store for adults.  You want to get everything you see from colorful flowers to garden containers.  Impulse buying isn't always the best way to go.  Choose plants that are good for your area.  Make sure you place the planters in the best conditions for that type of plants needs for light and climate, direct sun or shade.  Mix up the container with plants of different heights and blooming schedules so the planter stays fresh longer and has a interesting look.

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3.  Start with good potting mix. We can't stress this enough.  Never use ground dirt. It doesn't have the nutrient rich properties your flowers will need.  Get a moisture retaining plant mix during summer to help with the heat and drying out of soil.  Add fertilizer to the mix and keep it loose and crumbly.  You don't want compact, hard dirt that the plants roots will struggle to get thru.  Fill your pottery with loose, healthy soil.

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4.  Keep your garden containers groomed.  It's not just because the pottery will look better but it's healthier for your plants and flowers to keep them dead headed and cleaned up.  Who wants a dead stem or branch hanging on sucking up nutrients, and moisture.  Keep them free of infestation of bugs that are attracted to damaged leaves, stems and petals.

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Honestly it doesn't take much to keep your garden planters looking lovely all summer long.

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Post Last Updated: 6/26/2018 2:31:17 PM 

Creative Containers



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We want to provide some fresh
container ideas to brighten up your garden or patio areas.  Give some of these ideas a go and let us know how they work out for you.

If you have to have a habit when it comes to your garden and patio areas why not make it trying to create new planters for your home.  Planted pots offer color, fragrance and beauty to all areas of your home.  By using beautiful flowers or lots of green houseplants you can create wonderful combinations that are decorative.

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When thinking about how to create wonderful and healthy garden containers you have a number of things to consider.  Start with the plants needs.  Most colorful containers start with considering the soil, water, food and light needs your plants need.  You don't want water logged roots which will rot if there are no drain holes in the pottery.  Make sure to replenish nutrients that leach from the soil by fertilizing containers weekly.

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Choose sunny spots if necessary.  When you choose plants think about where that container will sit when it comes to sun needs.  Try not to mix plants that have different needs so that they will all get along at the same time.  Avoid mixing them up to much and try planting one type of plant or flower at a time.

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Make sure you use the correct potting soil so that your plants are given the best shot for a healthy production of color and growth.  When picking plants pick a combination of richly hued foliage and ruffled leaves and texture if possible.  Finally clustering containers together makes a wonderful and colorful display that really brightens up a porch or patio.

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Post Last Updated: 2/28/2018 3:08:51 PM 

Late Winter Potted Primrose



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Available for sale at most Garden Centers this time of year, the Primrose plant is colorful and a welcome sight.  After long cold month's of winters cold and grey these delightful flowers are a needed lift.  It's still a bit early to pot them outside in some areas but you can still grow them indoors until the weather warms up by following a few simple tips.

The first thing to remember is that a primrose plant is not meant to last and last.  They usually last a few weeks outdoors in garden planters, showing their colorful flowers and then die off to be replaced with other seasonal plants.  So if you decide to try them indoors just keep this fact in mind.

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As with most plants a potted indoor primrose does not like to sit in water.  Their roots will rot if the soil is kept too moist.  Once the soil starts to feel dry you need to water them and then give them a misting.  They love humidity.  Don't let the soil dry out completely or they will die quickly.

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As with most plants a potted primrose likes sunlight.  So make sure they are getting as much direct or indirect sunlight as possible.  When it comes to fertilizing any indoor plant including a potted primrose they like to be fertilized once a month except when in bloom.  Don't fertilize when in bloom.

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Primrose
are pretty inexpensive to purchase so if you fell like giving this a go with trying to grow them indoors you won't have a lot of money invested and the outcome if successful is well worth the beauty and color that you will experience.  Purple, White, Orange and Pink are all favorite colors.  That's about it.
 
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Post Last Updated: 2/22/2018 12:47:35 PM 

Vines & Climbers for Garden Planters



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We try to offer great suggestions for creating garden planters and today we want to talk about vines or climbers that are perfect for pottery.  Adding a vertical touch to all kinds of planters is not as hard to do as it seems. When you display a cluster of different pots with plant materials it always looks best when you use different sizes and heights.  Here are the best climbing vines we think that will add a elegant touch to any garden pot.

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Ivy - There is nothing that works better and is used more often then placing trailing ivy draping over the outer rim of a garden planter.  It has the ability to twist and turn so it can easily fill in where you want it to most.  This is a great place to start because it is the most common and easy to use.  What we truly love is the different foliage it offers.  From deep green to variegated and it stays green all year long.

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Morning Glory - It's one of those you will really enjoy because of the colorful blooms it has.  Not only is it really easy to grow but it adds lots of color and beauty with it's flowers.  This is one plant you don't want to grow in the ground because it will take over any garden area. It's durable and wild.  Stake it in a garden pot and it train it to go up for a wonderful vertical dispaly.

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Climbing Hydrangea - We love this for containers that are in the shade or partial shade.  It's grows pretty aggressively so you may want to pot it up by itself.  It also needs a large planter to grow in and doesn't like being contained by a small container.  Hydrangea is know for being fragrant so it's perfect for a patio or porch where the fragrance can greet your guest.

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Bougainvillea - In Arizona we know this plant well. It really does great in the warm climate and it's stunning colorful flowers add so much to our desert landscape.  Unfortunately it has barbs on it and is not the most fun to keep trimmed and under control.  It's considered more of a shrub because it grows out and not just up.  You may have to protect this plant in winter months.

Here are a few suggestions that we hope interest you.  If you give one a try let us know how you did. We would love to hear from you.

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Post Last Updated: 1/17/2018 2:00:52 PM 

3 Reasons Your Containers Might Fail



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3 main reasons why your container plants fail.  Sounds pretty basic so lets dig right in.  There are not a lot of reasons why a potted planter may being to show signs of stress.  Often it has to do with the plants and what is going on under the soil.  Here are a few reasons to help eliminate guessing.

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1.  Vine Weevils - Grubs can come on sudden and destroy a potted plant arrangement in no time if you don't catch them early.  Even though they don't fly they can grip to most plant surfaces and can easily crawl across walls and ceilings. Then they lay eggs in the soil.  They can come in a nursery planter so check carefully before potting up the plants you bring home.  Once the eggs hatch they burrow into the soil and feed on the roots.  Obviously the plant can't take much of that and will stress out leading to death.

The best thing to do is egg shells to the soil mix. Their sharp edges discourage them greatly.  Adults can be picked off the plants.  You can then add parasite nematodes to the soil to control the larvae.

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2.  Poor Drainage - This is a obvious one.  If your garden container doesn't have proper drain holes or if those holes get blocked with soil the planter becomes waterlogged and the wet soil will suffocate plant root system.  Once the roots dye, top growth will collapse and your plant can die overnight.  You want damp not wet soil that drains well.

Here it's best to start with broken pot shards covering the drain hole. This let's the water drain but keeps the soil from plugging up the planters drain hole.  If using a saucer keep the saucer empty once the pot has fully drained.  Don't let the planter sit in standing water.

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3.  Starvation - Nobody thinks about your plant starving especially if you use new potting mix.  When you water your plants, the water will leech out the soil nutrients eventually leaving your healthy plants sitting in nutrient depleted soil.  Because your plants are contained and can't search for nutrients they will eventually collapse and die.

Here is where fertilizer comes into play.  No matter how good your potting soil is, your garden containers will need regular fertilizer treatments.  Try to use a good organic fertilizer and follow instructions well.  Over fertilizing can burn your plants roots and also cause stress.

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Post Last Updated: 1/17/2018 12:28:26 PM 

Why We Love Terracotta Pottery



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Yep, we can honestly say we LOVE terra-cotta garden planters!  When Arizona Pottery first started that is all we sold.  Nothing but real clay garden pottery and some accessories.  They were and still are the basis of our business.  You may ask yourself why do we love terracotta planters so much?  Well, let us explain.

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Plant Health - Terracotta breathes.  This means the clay, which is real and harvested out of the ground is not so compact that it lets air thru it.  This also means water will saturate the pot and seep.  A plants roots like good air circulation and clay flowerpots are know for being healthy.  Once you use real clay you will find that your houseplants will perform better.

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Watering - Since a clay pot is porous it will keep water from sitting in the bottom of the pot, soaking the roots and possibly drowning them.  The water will seep into the clay and dissipate.  Unfortunately if you have chemicals in the soil or water they will show up on the sides of the pot as a white calcium line.

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Beauty - Because real terracotta pottery is porous it will start to age and show it's wear.  Many folks really like this and will even take steps to age their clay containers by applying yogurt or milk to the outside of the clay pot.  Everyone has a different idea of what beauty is but we love the aged, rustic look of terra-cotta pots and planters.

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Selection - Arizona Pottery imports real clay flower pots from Italy, China, Mexico and Vietnam.  Each factory uses their own clay mix or will harvest the clay out of the ground using their own firing process.  Some clays are smooth and silky like the Italian, while the Mexican clay is dark and very porous.  So porous and heavy that it will start to break down the first year of use.  We love the old traditional styles of Rolled Rim Garden Planters as well some of the newer more contemporary styles. There is always something to choose from.

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Many Uses - Yes real clay garden pottery will break but that doesn't mean you should toss them.  You can re-purpose them into pot shards to fill the bottom of your larger containers.  The terracotta shards will shield the drain hole and keep soil from plugging it up.  You can stack large pieces into pots and create a fairy garden or elf shelf.  Don't toss those broken pieces.... think outside the box and have fun with them.

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So those are a few of the reasons why we love our terracotta home and garden planters so much.  If you wish to share your thoughts we would love to hear them.

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Post Last Updated: 1/30/2018 9:36:14 AM 

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Arizona Pottery 2/22/2018 12:52:02 PM 
Hi Elaine, Once you get those calcium and salt deposits on the outside of the garden planters it's next to impossible to get them off. It's best to seal the pots before you use them with Thompsons water seal from Home Depot. You need to keep the chemicals in the potting soil and the fertilizer and water from leaching into the clay.

Elaine stamate 2/10/2018 2:05:24 PM 
What treatment or type of oil do I put on the outside of my pots as they have water marks I do not like. I know there are many home remedies for it but canít find out what. Thanks




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