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Potted Olive Trees

Have you ever thought about growing an olive tree in your living room?  Well, it's not that difficult.

We have seen lots of different kinds of plants, trees or flowers to grown in garden containers indoors but the Mediterranean look of a olive tree in a terracotta flowerpot can't be beat for beauty.  There are versions that will grow up to 2 feet tall and other more hardy ones that grow to 6 feet tall so make sure you get the size you can use.


These look stunning when set near a sunny window where it's soft, grey green leaves will flourish.  Make sure you get a planter that is large enough to hold a good size root system and where the roots will not be cramped.  Terracotta is a lovely, earthy look but a brightly colored glazed planter also looks perfect.  You can use poly resin, concrete or sandstone garden planters also.

Olive trees are a symbol of peace and abundance and make a great housewarming gift. If you can't find them at your local nursery or landscape center you will find them online at a mail order source.  You will also find topiary trees that look wonderful when potted and placed indoors.


Here are a few basics to remember:

The trees need at least 6 hours a day of sunlight in a south facing window.  When the top of the soil feels dry it's time to water thoroughly.  Work a slow release, all purpose fertilizer in the soil monthly during spring and summer months.  Each winter keep the tree in a 40 - 45 degree room for at least 2 months with direct sunlight.   Each spring transfer to a larger planter if necessary and trim the tree to shape it.

That is it.  Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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Post Last Updated: 5/3/2017 11:19:03 AM 

Potted Hydrangeas

The blues and pinks of French hydrangeas are favorites.  Some types even re-bloom making them even more popular.  If you water and feed them consistently while in bloom they will ensure a steady supply of flowers.  These can easily be potted and will produce big balloon-size flowers that are great for cutting and bringing indoors.  The bouquets made with these are stunning and electric!


Here are some great tips for how to cut the blossoms and bring them indoors to make fabulous displays of color and fragrance.

Look for flowers that have fully opened and feel slightly papery to the touch.  They will last longer when cut.  Use one bloom color or mix varying shades to create an outstanding arrangement.  Select a generous container that supports the bloom heads when set inside.
Snip the stems early in the morning.  Cut at an angle, above a leaf bud and place the stems immediately in a bucket of cool water.


Heat a pot of water till almost boiling, remove from heat and wait five minutes.  Dip stem ends in hot water for 30 seconds before arranging in cool water.


Get creative!  Show off your display with a round container to echo the shape of the blooms or a colorful vase to add even more impact of color.  If stems tend to shift, place a piece of floral foam in the bottom to help support the stems.


Glass, metal, ceramic and terracotta, all compliment the flowers.  Select a vase with a muted color tone, an antique whitewash effect or a ruffled lip like the yellow pot and saucer show at the top for big payoffs.
Hydrangeas are beautiful, big and easy to grow and work with.  Give it a try!

Post Last Updated: 1/5/2017 8:57:35 AM 

March Madness

Grow Now:  Flowering Trees
  Magnolias brighten the sky with their tulip shaped blooms in late winter.   Other trees that begin to bloom now include flowering plums, cherries, crab apples, and red buds.  Red buds are dependable and very easy to grow.  Try starting them in a lovely garden pot and eventually transplant to a nice area in your yard.


Grow Herbs - Thyme, chives, sage, and basil are nice to have nearby when you are cooking.  Ready to grow herb kits are available and take much of the guesswork out of growing herbs from seeds.  However, purchasing a herb trio planter set and then getting the seeds that you really like from your local nursery is also very easy to do.  We sell the pots.

Note Spring's arrival - A sunny day in winter is all it takes to create March Madness - the sudden urge to go outside and start planting your summer garden.  The first day of spring arrives on March 20, and though it means the season has officially changed, it does not mean cold weather is over, and it may not coincide with the last frost date in your area.  So what can you plant?  Snapdragons, marigolds, nasturtiums, petunias, and dianthus can handle the cool days.


Lawn care - Fertilize cool-season lawns such as Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, and perennials rye grass now.  Wait to feed warm-season lawns such as St. Augustine and Bermuda until after they turn green.


Attract Bluebirds - Encourage bluebirds with well-build and handsome new boxes.   Good ones always have access for easy cleaning.  Place them in open areas away from shrubs, 4 to 5 feet above ground.  Bluebirds like having clear flyways from their boxes to fences that make good perches.  They are capable of eating large quantities of lawn and garden insects and are among the most loved and beautiful of all birds.  Look for houses here at Arizona Pottery. 

Post Last Updated: 1/5/2017 5:04:06 PM 

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