Indoor and outdoor potted plants

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by Dave Owens, The Garden Guy / Special to azfamily.com

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Posted on June 24, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:47 AM

PHOENIX -- When dealing with potted plants, make sure the pot is larger than the root ball and has a drain hole. Use potting soil. Placing rocks at the bottom is unnecessary.

For larger pots, it is not needed to fill all the way with potting soil to save on costs.

Something to watch for when dealing with potted plants is the water dries out faster than in the ground; the growth is limited by the pot and the limited access of water.

You do not want to over water as it could kill the plant. A good way to check is to see how moist the soil is with your finger. If it's dry, water thoroughly so it drains out the bottom.

Because there are so many varieties of plants, shade, light and watering can vary. Fertilizing the plant occasionally will help the plants as it is not getting as many nutrients in the pot.

For easy-to-grow indoor potted plants, you should consider pathos, dracaena, various palms,
and snake plants. These plants are easy to maintain and like the indoors.

For outdoor plants, ruellia brittonia, mediterranean fan palms, spider plants for hanging pots, and annuals.

Location is a key factor with these plants and checking on them regularly is important. They are a
great decoration and are something to have fun with in and around your home.

A great fertilizer to look at for those plants is Extreme Juice, which is a blend of fish emulsion, liquid
seaweed, humic acid, soft phosphate and much more. Perfect for foliar feeding or soil drenching, this natural product will revitalize micro‐biotic activity in the soil, stimulate roots, and make plants stronger and healthier. You can find it at www.gardenguy.com.

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Well-known gardening guru David Owens, aka "The Garden Guy," shows experienced and novice gardeners alike how to grow organic foods in hostile climates (all desert climates) and land. For more information, check out GardenGuy.com or PocoVerde.com. If you have a gardening question, you can email gardenguy@gardenguy.com.

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