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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 

Potted Palms



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When you vacation do you go to the tropics?  Do you love the look and feel of a tropical location?  Well how about potting up some palms to use indoors or outdoors at your own home!  We know it sounds like it would be difficult especially if you live in a location that is not known for having a sunny location, but trust us if you follow a few simple steps even you can duplicate that tropical feel at home.

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There are a  lot of varieties of palms that are sold as houseplants in most home and garden center.  You should be able to find what you are looking for.  Basically they make great houseplants and can stand a bit of neglect but of course will grow their best if treated properly. Potted palms can last many years so make sure you get the style you desire to get the affect you require.  And, remember that potted palms get large so plan on moving it outside during the summer months to enjoy on your patio.

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All palms basically require the same things.   Water, sun, fertilizer. Potted palms can tolerate being under watered but do best in a moist soil, especially during the summer months.  Allow the soil to dry out slightly between watering and dry out a bit more in the winter.  Be careful not to over water.  That is the number one killer.

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When it comes to sunlight palms can handle low light but prefer indirect light or some shade.  If you put them out during the summer make sure to keep the potted palms in the shade.  Soil should be made for potted palms not garden soil.  It needs to include moss or vermiculite to keep it loose and porous.  We suggest purchasing the soil from a garden center that is meant for a palm.

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A garden planter should be large enough to hold the palm but since they don't like to be re-potted we recommend you get one a bit over sized.  Remember that if they become root bound it is not a bad thing for a potted palm.  Use fertilizer for potted palms and watch out for spider mites on the potted palm is indoors.  Any brown spots you can trim off but this is not harmful to the plant it just looks unsightly.

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A potted palm whether indoors our outdoors requires low maintenance and will last for many years.  Now is the time to create that tropical look and feel that you yearn for and a potted palm is the easiest way to do so.

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Post Last Updated: 7/4/2017 12:57:18 PM 

Fruit & Berries in Flower Pots



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While growing flowers & veggies in planters can be easy, growing fruit trees & berries take a little more thought.  You will need to become familiar with such things as root stocks, pollination, and climate control.  We discuss all of those items in this blog post.

Growing your own fruit in a garden planter is really fun and rewarding. Nothing tastes better than homegrown fruit picked at peak ripeness. Imagine the pleasure of adding a handful of berries to your morning cereal or making an apple pie with fruit from your potted tree.

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Many types of fruits and berries  adapt nicely to growing in containers. Plant breeders continue to develop compact varieties especially suited to garden pottery, and they have many advantages as well.  Probably the most important point is the mobility that container planted trees provide.  If frost threatens, you can move your fruit trees under cover for some protection.

Before you get started on this fun adventure - you need to learn a few fruit gardening terms and concepts that will keep coming up. Remember how pollen moves from the male part of the flower to the female part, fertilizing it and causing fruit to grow?  Well some fruit trees like Peach have compatible male and female flower parts.  This means if you plant a peach by itself it will produce fruit.

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Other fruits including apple & blueberries produce more quantity if they are cross pollinated.  This means they receive pollen from another variety.  You can still grow one blueberry or apple plant and get some fruit but you will get a lot more if a different variety grows nearby.

The root stock is the below grow portion of the plant.  The scion is above ground.  If grown on their own roots get huge.  Much to big for a container. But, if grown on dwarfing root stocks they are ideal for planters.

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When it comes to selecting planters make sure they are large enough with a drain hole in the bottom. In fact the more holes the better.  You don't want to be re-potting your trees every year.  Terracotta is always best because it breathes and is the best for air circulation around the roots.  However, terracotta is meant to break down over time so it never hurts to go with a glazed or high fired planter.

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Post Last Updated: 2/28/2017 9:38:26 AM 

The Potted Tree




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Tall Italian cypress or willowy weeping birch, lacy Japanese maple, or fragrant sweet bay - trees bring natural grace wherever they grow.  Container trees modest in height, yet still tall enough to look dramatic, can enhance even the smallest entryway, patio or balcony.
 
Decked out in green all year long, potted conifers and other evergreens create a lush background for blooming annuals and perennials.  Many deciduous trees stage seasonal spectacles worth showing off to friends.

Blazing with color in autumn and elegantly bare branched in winter, they burst into bloom come spring, then spend the summer in leaf.  Trees bring more than good looks to their surroundings, they help to shelter the places where they grow.

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With proper care most slow growing small trees will prosper in large containers for years.  Make sure your choose a container that is large enough for your tree.  Any container - no matter how large -  slows a trees growth and limits the height it can achieve.  For example a tree that grows 30 feet may only grow 8 to 10 feet in a garden pot.
 
The best time to plant a tree is early autumn.  Most trees perform best in a mix of one part garden loam to tow parts potting soil mix.  Keep soil slightly on the dry side, but deep water.  Apply fertilizer once in spring and once again in summer.

During the first years, even a small tree may be top heavy.  Use a stake to help for support.  Most garden containers can be used for tree potting.  We like a durable pot like ceramic, concrete or poly resin instead of a pot like terracotta that will break down over time.  Try to choose the largest you can handle so that you don't have to worry about transplanting for a couple of year


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Below are a suggestion of some trees that we like and work well in containers.

Fir
Japanese Maple
Araucaria
White Birch
Deodar Cedar
European Beech
Grecian Laurel or sweet bay
Flowering crabapple
Spruce
Pine or redwoods
 
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