Bamboo Facts and Care

Bamboo is probably the most underutilized category of landscaping plants in Florida. The exotic tropical feel and elegance strike a deep emotional chord that resonates with many people. Perhaps only palms rival bamboos in their ability to bring such a feeling of tropical elegance to a landscape. Large types with canes the diameter of soup cans carry an ambience of primeval strength and power, while small types, with their weeping fountains of foliage, have an air of elfin delicacy about them. All are especially captivating on a windy day - watching masses of bamboo foliage dance in the wind is a sight of extraordinary beauty.

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Grow Your Own Pineapple!
So many kids nowadays don’t really know where their food comes from. What fun to actually go outside and harvest something we have grown. We can all use the reminder that once upon a time, food came from the garden, not the supermarket. Summer is a great time to start this special garden project with your children. Starting with a whole fresh pineapple, your family will learn to make a new plant, enjoy a special dessert and look forward to one day harvesting a fresh pineapple that y’all have grown.

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Asian Pottery Facts
Important facts about the different types of pottery we sell.

The Talavera Story
The Talavera Pottery we sell are works of art, handcrafted by master artisans using techniques that have been passed down generation to generation since the 16th century. The Talavera ceramic pottery is produced in the Mexican state of Puebla and Dolores Hidalgo. Each piece is hand molded and fired in gas kilns for over a week. After the initial firing the artisans begin to glaze and paint. These age old techniques, vibrant colors and delicate attention to detail produce unique one of a kind pieces that are truly works of art.

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Mexican Rustic Pottery Care (Clay) 
All of our Mexican clay garden pots and chimineas are made from the highest quality clay available and are manufactured by potters with only the best reputations. It should be remembered that although they have been air dried or kiln fired and painted, they do not have a glazed finish on them and when used outdoors it is best to seal them. With proper care and use, your garden pot or chiminea will provide many years of enjoyment and be an attractive addition to your garden or patio.

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Herb Gardening 
It is probably safe to assume that the earliest use of herbs with foods was probably tied to the ability of herbs to mask the taste of less than fresh food. Not only did herbs and spices make bad or even spoiled food taste better, over preceding centuries we have discovered that the judicious use of these fresh ingredients can actually work magic to elevate ordinary food from ho-hum to yum.

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Container Gardening For Your Lanai 
One of the best parts of living here in Florida is that we all have lanais: that extra room that gives us shelter overhead yet opens to the great outdoors. There are many rewards to container gardening on your lanai. With a little planning you will be able to turn this outdoor room into the focal point of your home. Think of this space as an opportunity to do some creative landscape design. At Pottery Express we have acres of containers to choose from. We also now carry a small ion of plants and topsoil for your containers. Talk about one-stop shopping! While the lanai is one of the many blessings of living in Florida, our plants are another. If you have traveled in the Caribbean, you remember beautiful indoor/outdoor courtyard gardens that create magic environments. These garden rooms make us want to slow down and linger while savoring the beauty of nature so close at hand.

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Orchid Gardening
Are you wondering what to do with your orchids at this time of year? If you have lived here in Florida for a while you no doubt have decided to try growing orchids and I hope you have been successful so far. Did you know Pottery Express now has orchid planters? Stop in and see our many styles – including Talavera orchid pots! Let me share a few tips that are pertinent. Your entire Florida garden starts to slow down at this time of year. Many of these orchid tips also apply to the rest of your garden. Even if orchids have not yet taken you under their spell, read on. 

  1. Cut back on watering. With cooler temperature and shorter days, plants are not growing as fast, so they need less water to keep them going. 
  2.  Always water your outdoor orchids early in the day so that leaves can dry before nightfall. Plants that are wet at night often develop fungal or rot problems. If possible, avoid getting the leaves wet at all. This tip applies to all landscape plants. 
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