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Potted – in your container gardens that is!
Last Minute Ideas for your pots
Plant annuals under or around your potted permanent plants.
- Go to the nursery and choose flowers that go with your holiday color scheme.
- Choose from the list below or get help from your local nursery staff
- Plant these plants right into the soil, adding a little time release fertilizer (scant handful)
- Water in after planting.
For your Sun Plantings, add Red and White Annuals such as:
- Million Bells
- Dianthus – try the newer variety of Amazon or other super tall Dianthus
- Geraniums (part shade too)
- Snapdragons (Whites and Burgundy – no red)
- Pansies and Viola (Whites and Burgundy – no red)
Shade Plantings – Red and White Annuals:
- Primrose and Cyclamen are your best bets in full shade.
- Geraniums best in morning or filtered sun
- Poinsettias are of course wonderful and with all the new varieties, you have more choices than only red.
- Paper Whites, and Amaryllis are great nursery plants that you can use in pots during the holidays.
- If there is a dip in temperatures to 40° or below, you will want to bring tender tropical plants inside.
If you only have a little time
Simply place a potted plant (or several) on top of the soil of the larger plant and dress it with potted ivy, garland, pine boughs, lights and anything else you have on hand to finish it off. This is a great way to use those tender nursery plants that you might have to bring inside.
Pots on your patio or near your front door are a great place to add candles (maybe the flameless variety) inside chimneys among the plantings. This would be a great addition when you are expecting guests.
No matter how much or how little you do, allow your child’s eye the freedom to create the look you want for the holidays. I know I have kept within the traditional red and white color spectrum but if you want to work with blues, all whites, gold’s or silver’s – look to those colors when you visit the nursery. I know you will find something that just tickles you.
Think Positively – You Can Grow Beautiful Pots even in the hot summer
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1. Garden and water in the very early mornings.
Who wants to be out in the heat?
2. Increase watering frequency to be sure pots don’t dry out.
You want your pots to be damp throughout.
3. Deadhead your spent flowers weekly to encourage new buds
Doing this weekly makes it be less of a chore.
4. Avoid pruning plants now that the desert has heated up.
Pruning now leads to sunburn by exposing previously shaded stems.
5. Keep up with bi-weekly pot fertilizing with a water-soluble fertilizer.
Be sure the soil is already damp before applying fertilizer.
Special notes on roses (From the Rose Society of Tucson)
Water, water, water:
- As temperatures remain above 100 degrees, water potted roses daily.
- New potted roses may need water twice a day
- NEW RECOMMENDATION: Water late in the afternoon after 6 p.m. during this time of year which allows for less evaporation
- Place potted roses in an area that gets afternoon shade
Spray off your roses daily with water: The No.1 enemy of roses during the summer in hot and dry climates are spider mites. Spider mites, which look like small salt-and-pepper particles under leaves, will suck the leaves dry until they turn light brown and fall off. Keeping as much foliage on your plants is crucial to rose health during the summer.Every morning, spray off your roses with a jet of water supplied by a nozzle attached to your water hose. YMake sure you spray underneath the leaves of the plant. By doing this daily, this will prevent spider mites from getting started. The added benefit is adding humidity to your garden which is vital in arid summer conditions.
Do not deadhead or remove dead leaves during the heat. Every bit of added shade helps.