Container Gardening 101

Creating your own container garden is a great way to add color to your landscape, or even your porch or patio. The great thing about container gardening is that you do not need a yard. No matter where you live, you can create a beautiful garden. Container gardens can be updated as frequently as you wish. You can even create fabulous seasonal designs well into the winter for the holidays. Before you get started, we would like to share a few key factors to keep in mind for your container garden’s success.

Container Gardening 101

STEP 1: Supplies

Gather your supplies. This will vary depending on your creation, but here are the basic items you will need:

  1. Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil
  2. Fresh plants and seasonal color
  3. Calloway’s pottery
  4. Calloway’s Premium Plant Foods

STEP 2: Soil and Pottery

The soil you use is very important to the health and success of your container garden. First, never use soil from the ground, it does not contain the nutrients and moisture-retaining properties of a proper potting soil.

Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil is formulated specifically for your containers. With moisture retaining capsules and minerals, Calloway’s Potting Soil provides the ideal balance of air and water to foster healthy root growth for thriving plants. It is ideal for all potted plants and container gardens.

Your selection of Calloway’s or Cornelius Pottery, or whatever container you are using, must have a drain hole. If there is too much moisture, it will create rot in the roots and that can be easily avoided with the proper draining system.

To get started, place a piece of bark or stones at the bottom of your container to help the soil from leaking out, making sure water can still flow through. Then, fill your container with potting soil.

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STEP 3: Adding Your Plants

Before you select your plants, it is a good idea to figure out where the container will be in your yard, on your patio, etc. This will help you figure out how much sunlight during the day that area receives.

When you are deciding on plants, be sure they all have similar sun and water requirements.

Then, choose your options based on the “Thriller, Filler, and Spiller” design method. Choose your “Thriller, Filler, and Spiller” plants to create an exciting creation with dimension and color.

First, add your Thriller plant. Create a hole that is the size of the plant’s root ball.

geraniums

The Thriller plant will be a large, dramatic, and taller option, like geraniums. It is the bold and upright focal plant in your container. They can either be flowering or foliage plants, or even ornamental grasses. Depending on where your container will be displayed, you can either plant your Thriller in the center, if your container will be viewed from all sides, or in the back of the container.

planting in pottery

Then, add your Filler plant, following the same process. We used Pentas.

pentas

The Filler plants are medium-sized plants that tend to be a more rounded plant to make the container look full. Place your Filler around the Thriller or in front of the Thriller plant.

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Finally, add your Spiller plant by making a hole in the soil the size of root ball.

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The Spiller plants are trailing plants that hang over the edge of the container. They should be planted close to the edge of the container, in front of, or surrounding the Filler plant. Plants like, Ivies, Bacopa, and Sweet Potato Vines, make beautiful Spiller plants.

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STEP 3: Feed and Finish

Once the plants are settled, add in your Calloway’s Premium Plant Food as directed. This will help with the health of your plant for brighter, bolder blooms.

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Next, water in your plants thoroughly, letting the water drain. Add more soil if needed, leaving about 1-2 inches from the lip of the container.

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Finally, sit back and admire your creation. Be sure to place it where it needs to be to receive the correct sunlight and follow the watering instructions based on the plants and their plant tags.

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Stop by our store nearest you to pick up everything you need for your container gardens. Also, be sure to check out our FREE Garden Series events every Saturday from 10:15-11:00 am.

3 Tips for Adding Color to your Garden

Plant with purpose this spring when you add colorful blooms and gorgeous plants to your landscape! Adding color to your landscape not only updates the look, but will benefit you and your garden in many ways!

Tammy Dombeck from Greets, Eats & All That stopped by our store to talk about 3 ways to add color to your garden with our Director of Marketing, Kimberley Gotcher!

 

3 Tips for Adding Color to your Garden

Pick Plants for Pollinators

attracting pollinators

Adding plants that attract pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds will not only bring beautiful creatures to your yard, but they will also help greatly impact the ecosystem in your garden.

Picking plants like pentas, salvia, daisies, and marigolds are fantastic selections to attract your beneficial pollinators. They have vibrant blooms that will enhance any container or flowerbed with the beauty of the season.

Color of the Year

begonias

Pantone deemed “Living Coral” as the 2019 color of the year. Why not get on trend in your landscape by planting shades of bright, coral colors? As the perfect contrast to the green of nature, this color will make your garden pop!

Choose plants like geraniums, impatiens, begonias, and more that are available in shades of this fantastic spring color!

Moon Gardens

geraniums

Gardening for the night? Yes, it’s true! When you create your own moon garden, you can enjoy your beautiful blooms in a new light with their glowing and bright color.

Get plants that have bold white blooms to really make a night-time impact. Plants like geraniums, African daisies, and alyssum will really shine in the moonlight. They work great in containers and flowerbeds so the choices are limitless!

 

There are so many ways to add color to your garden and so many benefits. Have fun this spring and bring your yard back to life with gorgeous blooms! Stop by our store nearest you for all your gardening needs! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are always available to help answer any gardening questions you may have.

Also, want to take your garden to the next level? Check out our FREE Garden Series events at our store nearest you! Learn from the experts on how to grow shade loving plants, this week from 10:15am – 11:00am, plus save 10% on your purchase for attending!

Thank you Tammy for joining us!

 

 

 

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Tips for Decorating Your Yard

Decorating your landscape for the season is always fun, especially with fresh color and plants. Give your home that extra touch of style and charm with our selection of garden décor! Check out our tips of some great options that are in stores now!

Tips for Decorating Your Yard

WIND CHIMES

garden decor

Add elegance and the soothing sounds of our wind chimes from Corinthian Bells® and more! Available in many different sizes, styles, and colors, you are sure to find the perfect one for you.

Corinthian Bells® are not your ordinary wind chimes. They are the first generation of wind chimes to combine excellence in design with incredible tones and resonance. These are visually and acoustically exceptional chimes, with a classic look and a sound that is heavenly. The centrally suspended aluminum tubes, along with the high density striker, give these chimes their outstanding tone.

We even have fantastic varieties that have solar power capabilities with accents of beautiful stones and glamorous blown glass.

wind chimes

You will fall in love with the perfect melodies and stunning designs!

 

GARDEN FLAGS

curb appeal

Decorative garden flags are a simple and durable idea for decorating your yard. Our selections from Evergreen® feature bright colors, adorable graphics, and tons of personality.

garden flags

Their designs work well mixed up together, but they also have matching designs throughout their collections. Give your trees that pop of color or add a touch of cuteness to your atrium’s or flowerbeds with the smaller styles of flags.

garden flags

Bring the look of spring home with decorative garden flags from Evergreen® and enhance the charm of your home and garden.

 

CERAMIC ANIMALS

bunny decor

Are you a lover of animals? Come check out the sweet nature of our love-able ceramic animals from Border Concepts, Inc. From birds to bunnies, dogs to cats, creating a playful area in your garden with darling décor is fun for everyone!

cermaic animals

Your kids or grandkids will love to play pretend with their new ceramic friends in the wildness of your yard. Create a theme or change up your animal selections seasonally. Have fun because that’s what they are all about!

 

WELCOME MATS

welcome mat

Your welcome mat greets your friends and family when they arrive at your home with its friendly and welcoming message, design, and colors.

This season, check out our fabulous collection of inter-changeable designs in the Sassafras® Switchmat™ collection by Evergreen®!

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First, the mildew-resistant base is made to allow water to drain, keeping your mat fresh and protected. The rubber base is designed to stay in securely in place. The selection of inserts are easily changeable and fabulously cute.

METAL ART

metal decor

Metal art never goes out of season! In fact, enjoy it all year long if you would like! Our playful pieces will dazzle any landscape.

dragonfly

From happy sunflowers to colorful dragonflies, your flowerbeds and containers will shine with these dancing designs. Check out all our varieties of friendly creatures to adorn your garden.

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RAIN GAUGES

rain gauge

For better gardening success, it is always good to know how much rain your landscape gets from each spring and summer storm. This can help you determine how much additional watering you need to be doing and if your plant’s roots are, in fact, getting enough moisture.

rain gauge

We have lots of fantastic options from Regal Art & Gift and more, that will help provide you information while also adding a dash of style and design! With solar power options along with simpler designs, find the rain gauge that speaks to your personality and the look of your landscape!

 

STONE ART

stone art

Want to add decorative pieces that bring pride to your home? Check out our stone art to accent your flowerbeds. From sports teams to Texas pride, you are sure to find a design that speaks to you. They are the perfect way to add a touch of you to your landscape.

 

WIND SPINNERS

garden decor

For your final decorating tip, don’t forget about our gorgeous collection of wind spinners! Our selection of well-crafted designs by Evergreen® come enriched with vibrant colors and exciting shapes.

Enhance the look of your landscape with these lovely pieces art and be entranced by the beautiful and soothing movements they bring.

wind spinner

Decorating your landscape is easy with our selection of quality garden décor! Stop by our store nearest you and pick up your favorite pieces to enjoy throughout the seasons.

Roasted Zucchini & Squash with Herbs & Feta Recipe

Always on the hunt for tasty side dish recipes? Keep dinner exciting and delicious with fresh veggies and herbs! Try this Roasted Zucchini & Squash with Herbs & Feta Recipe for your next family dinner.

How-To Make Roasted Zucchini & Squash with Herbs & Feta

Get the FULL RECIPE HERE!

STEP 1:

After you pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees, clean and cut your squash and zucchini into ½ inch circles. Then, zest your lemon and prepare the juice.

Add these ingredients to your baking dish. Add olive oil and salt before tossing all the ingredients together.

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Bake for 20 minutes.

STEP 2:

While your dish is baking, prepare your herbs. Chop your fresh dill and chives and set aside.

side dish

STEP 3:

feta

Remove the zucchini dish from the oven and add the remainder of the ingredients.

Sprinkle the fresh herbs and feta cheese over the zucchini and squash. Place the dish back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes to allow the cheese to soften.

fresh herbs

STEP 4:

Enjoy! Pair with your favorite protein and dig into the creamy and fresh flavors of this simply tasty side dish recipe!

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ref: 5dollardinners.com

How-To Make House Number Planters

Adding your house number or address to your mail box or nailing the numbers to a wall on your porch is always a great idea. It helps friends, family, deliveries, and even emergency crews find your home easily. This spring, make your home even more inviting and enhance your curb appeal with darling planters personalized for you, by you!

How-To Make House Number Planters

STEP 1: Supplies

You will need the following items to complete this project:

STEP 2: Paint

To get started, check your pots. Remove any price tags before you begin painting. You can really get creative with this project with your paint color, technique, or style.

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For our creations, we taped and covered the top portion of our pottery.

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Then, we added spray paint in metallic gold to the exposed bottom half of the pottery.

painting pottery

STEP 3: Personalize

Once your paint has dried, it will be time to personalize your pottery! Grab your number stencils, a paint brush or sponge, and your paint.

Tape and secure the stencil to your pottery.

stencil

Then, carefully create your numbers. Be sure to layer the paint as opposed to using too much at one time, or else it can drip, or impact the crispness of the edges for your numbers.

 

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Allow the paint to dry before removing the stencils.

STEP 4: Plant

Add your potting soil to each pot until it is a little more than half way full. This will give you room to add in your plants. Then, mix in your Calloway’s Professional Plant Food.

Next, add your flowers or plants. You can mix up your spring color, keep it cool with lots of greenery, or mix and match! The key components to keep in mind when selecting your plants are the water and sun requirements per plant. Choose selections that match each other and fit the location where you will be putting your planters. This will help ensure your gardening success and keep your plants healthy and happy.

Add more soil if needed and water in your plants.

STEP 5: Enjoy!

Set up your newly personalized planters in a location that is visible for all your neighbors to enjoy and admire.

house number pottery

Change your plants out, try different stacking methods, add designs, this project will never get old. Happy planting!

 

 

 

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Top 10 Tips for Watering Your Plants Successfully

Knowing how to water your plants or flower bed properly is the key to gardening success. Read our top 10 best watering tips to learn the right time of day to water, how to check soil’s moisture levels, and when to use sprinklers or an irrigation system to care for growing plants.

Check the soil by hand

Although letting the soil dry out slightly before watering promotes root growth, it is important to maintain uniform soil moisture. The best way to tell if you need to water is to check the top 3 – 4 inches of soil. If it is dry, water immediately. If it is wet, check again in 6 – 12 hours. Moisture meters can be a big help. By regularly checking the soil, you will be able to set a watering schedule based on your soil’s unique characteristics.

Water infrequently but thoroughly

If watered thoroughly, your plants may only need a couple of watering sessions per week depending on how quickly your soil dries. It is better to give your plants plenty of water intermittently than a little bit every day.

Provide the right amount of water

Effective watering ensures that the roots receive enough water to be fully saturated. If you water too little, the moisture will only cover the upper inches of soil – or won’t even reach the soil at all, like when there is a thick layer of mulch that doesn’t allow enough water to soak through. For new plants, it is crucial that the entire root ball receives sufficient moisture during each watering.

Provide larger amounts of water in steps

Water takes time to soak into the soil. To prevent run off, it’s better to water your garden repeatedly in parts. For extremely dry soils, water for about 5 minutes to wet the top layer, wait 30 minutes, and then water again for about 10 to 15 minutes. This approach will allow more water to soak into the soil instead of flowing away unused.

Water when the sun is down

Watering cool soil before the sun rises in the morning or overnight after the sun sets will minimize the amount of evaporation and allow more water to soak into the ground. This timeline also ensures the plants have the water they need before enduring the heat of the day. Of course, if the soil is dry and plants are beginning to wilt, water them immediately – no matter the time of day.

Keep the leaves dry

Focus on watering the base of any plants because wet leaves are more susceptible to damage and disease. Leaf mold can infect leaves that are left wet overnight. Plus, during the heat of the day, water droplets can act as magnifying glasses that burn the leaves.

Water all around the base

One of the most important watering tips is to make sure water is evenly distributed around the base of a plant. One-sided watering can lead to one-sided root growth and poor nutrient uptake. Always make an effort to water around the entire base of the plant to ensure the water reaches all sides of the root ball.

Supplement your irrigation system

Drip irrigation, sprinklers or a soaker hose are great for established plants, but your new plants will need additional water until their root systems develop and extend outside the original root ball. Most irrigation systems don’t provide enough water to fully saturate the root balls and often give a false sense of security. Keep your irrigation system on for existing landscape, but focus on hand watering any newly installed plants or patches of grass.

Avoid overwatering

Waterlogged soil lacks the air pockets that roots need to live and grow. Care for your plants by checking the moisture level of the soil before watering. Keep in mind that plants are much more likely to suffer from underwatering than overwatering in Texas, especially during the summers.

Use quality soil

Help your flower beds thrive by using a soil that is rich in nutrients and minerals to provide an excellent foundation for new plants to develop and establish strong root systems. Amending native soil to improve its chemical composition is critical to promote drainage and prevent waterlogging.

Gardening 101: Vegetables To Plant in March

Creating your own vegetable garden is a wonderful thing to do. Not only will you have fresh veggies right in your very own backyard, but you can also have the peace of mind of knowing where your vegetables are coming from and how they were cared for. Let’s skip those grocery store lines and the time it takes to count, weigh, and ring up your vegetables, and instead, let’s get to planting!

Gardening 101: Vegetables To Plant in March

 

STEP 1: UNDERSTAND YOUR PLANTING AREA

First, and most importantly, where are you planting your vegetables?

 

There are a few key factors to keep in mind:

  1. How much sunlight does the area receive?
  2. Is there access to water or a watering device?
  3. Are you planting a container garden or in your flowerbeds?

 

Once you have a good grasp on these factors, this will help you determine what you want to plant, will in fact grow successfully.

Ideally, plan on beginning your transplants the second or third week of March. It is best to start at least a week after the final average frost date.

 

There are 3 important things to do to your new plants before planting:

  1. Give your transplants a few days to become acclimated to the outdoor conditions before planting.
  2. Prep your soil with organic compost.
  3. Spacing is crucial. Make sure your plants have room to grow.

 

STEP 2: WHAT TO PLANT NOW

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What should you plant in March?

  1. Tomatoes
  2. Peppers
  3. Broccoli

 

TOMATOES

Celebrity Tomatoes need about 60-70 days to mature. They are disease resistant, determined plants with a high yield. On average, Celebrity tomatoes grow 6-7oz. fruits.

Sweet 100 Tomatoes also need about 60-70 days to mature. A hybrid with a high yield, these plants are best when given a support system to help them grow, and they are a perfect choice for vining or hanging baskets.

Early Girl Tomatoes need 60 days to mature. Best when grown with a cage or trellis, this indeterminate plant bears clusters of medium sized fruit.

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PEPPERS

Bell Peppers, like California Wonder or Bette Belle, need 60-75 days to mature. Not only are bell peppers self-pollinating, they can also grow to be 18-20 inches in height while bearing large, tender fruit.

Jalapenos are a Texas staple, as far as eating goes. Jalapenos need about 70-75 days to mature. Their plants grow to be about 16-20 inches in height with medium to large sized fruit.

Habanero plants need 90-95 days to mature. They grow to be about 24-30 inches tall with small to medium fruit.

 

BROCCOLI

Waltham 29 varieties take 70 – 75 days to mature and can grow to 24-30 inches in height. This tasty plant can grow 4-6 inch heads of broccoli!

Raab Broccoli needs 50-60 days to mature. It is a quick maturing plant that also enjoys cool weather. It can grow to be about 24-36 inches in height.

veggies in small spaces

 

STEP 3: SUPPLIES FOR PLANTING

At this point, hopefully you have an idea of where you are planting and what you are planting to determine what you need to get started!

 

If you are planting in a container, you will need:

  1. Medium to Large containers or pottery – make sure to choose an item that has proper draining holes.
  2. Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil
  3. Calloway’s Natural Garden Food or Jobe’s® Fertilizer Spikes
  4. Gloves, shovel, and watering can
  5. Cages or trellis, if needed

 

If you are planting in your flowerbeds, you will need:

  1. Calloway’s Organic Compost
  2. Calloway’s Natural Garden Food
  3. Calloway’s Premium Mulches
  4. Shovel, spreader, and water hose
  5. Cages or trellis, if needed

 

Now give your plants the proper moisture, sunshine, and food and you will enjoy some delicious and tasty veggies in just a couple months!

 

Check out the video below for more details about your vegetable gardening!

 

Also, want to learn more about planting edibles in small spaces? Check out our free garden series event from 10:15-11am on March 16th at our location nearest you.

The Best Indoor Plants & How To Take Care of Them

Indoor plants are easy to maintain and can be placed in any room of your home. From ferns to ficus, houseplants can add color and texture to your space and offer air cleaning health benefits.

Keep reading to learn about the best houseplants, indoor plants care and maintenance tips, the right location for potted plants in your home, and how to take care of an indoor plant that is dying from the Texas Certified Nursery Professionals at Calloway’s and Cornelius Nursery.

How to Pick the Best Houseplants

Picking the right houseplant is easy. First, consider the light and air flow in your space as these are important factors that will help you decide what house plants are ideal for you.

If your home doesn’t offer a lot of natural light, do not stress. Areas with low light can still be used for indoor plants. The ZZ Plant is a great option because it only needs to absorb minimum light and can tolerate dry soil if you forget to water it for a period of time. Plus, ZZ Plant is resistant to plant disease, insects and mites. Additional low light indoor plants include Peace Lily, English Ivy, Boston Fern, Cast Iron Plant, Palms, Pothos, Dracaena and Orchids.

Indoor Plants for Your Bedroom

Another important factor when considering the best houseplants for your space is the location or room you want to put your plants in.

For example, Bromeliads release the majority of their oxygen – while working to remove pollutants – at night so they are a great option to have in your bedroom while you sleep. Other choice indoor plants for your bedroom include Sansevieria, which lessens airborne allergens while it releases moisture into the air.

Indoor Plants for Your Kitchen

Plants that help with moisture control are the best types to have in your kitchen. Ficus Lyrate, also known as Fiddle-Leaf Fig, controls humidity and purifies the air, naturally cleaning your kitchen of chemical compounds and dust. Additionally, Hedera Ivy can substantially reduce the amount of mold in the air.

Dracaena is one of the best plant choices to remove harmful pollutants, like benzene chemicals commonly found in cleaning products, plastics and paint, from the air. Because of their air cleaning properties, Dracaena is an ideal indoor plant for people with asthma.

Live in an apartment or other small space? Succulents and Orchids are compact houseplants that offer many of the same benefits of other indoor plants that work in your bedroom or kitchen. Pair these plants with a colorful pot or container garden to add instant style to your space!

The Easiest Indoor Plants to Care For

While most houseplants are low maintenance, there are a few varieties that are especially easy to care for. Bromeliads, Cacti, Succulents, Airplants, Ponytail Palm, Hedera Ivy, Maidenhair Fern and more are all relatively manageable – even for beginner gardeners.

If you’re too afraid to flex your green thumb just yet, start with Succulents, Cacti or Airplants because they only require minimal watering or misting.

Houseplant Care Tips

Just like outdoor plants, indoor plants need care and maintenance with water, light and proper nourishment to grow, survive and thrive. However, keep in mind that indoor plants do not like standing in water.

Create the proper environment for a houseplant by providing a sufficient draining system with the right type of soil and container. Calloway’s and Cornelius Nursery carry many varieties of soil, specially formulated to help specific types of plants, including Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil, made with a combination of professional composted pine bark, professional grade peat moss, composted rice hulls, finest grade of coconut coir, shale, 6 month controlled release fertilizer used by professional growers, wetting agent, and hydrogel crystals that expand and contract based on soil moisture. For our plants that need less moisture, Black Gold® Cactus Mix, which contains a combination of horticulture grade pumice, or cinders, earthworm castings, compost, bark, and forest humus to provide the ideal soil structure and drainage for all types of cacti, bromeliads and succulents, and Black Gold® Orchid Mix.

Indoor plants should be potted with drain holes at the bottom of the pot and a saucer or water tray to allow for proper drainage.

Regularly prune your houseplants to promote continued growth of leaves. Remove discolored or leggy leaves or stems as you see them appear to ensure the plant uses its energy to promote new, healthy growth.

When you buy an indoor potted plant, keep the plant tag handy as it has all the information you need on water and light requirements to care for that specific plant.

Watering Rules for Indoor Plants

As a rule of thumb, follow these instructions below to water your indoor plants.

  • Cacti and succulents need periods of dry soil before watering again.
  • Plants with thick, lush and green leaves need more frequent watering.
  • Plants with waxy leaves need less frequent watering.

Light Requirements for Indoor Plants

All plants need light, but at varying levels. Rotate plants in windows or any space to ensure the leaves get equal light on all sides for healthy, happy growth.

The best indoor plants for low light (less than three hours a day) include one of the most popular houseplants, Philodendron, as well as Pothos, Palms, Boston Ferns and more.

Indoor plants that require medium light (at least four hours a day) include Ponytail Palms and Spathiphyllums.

The best houseplants for high light areas (more than six hours a day) include Crotons, Ficus plants and more.

It’s also important to consider if your plant needs indirect/filtered light or direct/bright light. Place the plant in a room in your home that will provide the right type of light. Not sure? Consult one of our Calloway’s or Cornelius Texas Certified Nursery Professionals and keep your plant tags as a reference.

Food & Nourishment for Indoor Plants

Special plant foods are formulated to provide extra nourishment to plants, which is vital to develop strong roots and grow into thriving plants. Calloway’s Amazing Gardens is a great option for your indoor potted plants. Calloway’s Amazing Gardens is a multi-purpose formula that immediately releases plant food that provides an instant impact to a variety of plants. It’s safe to use on your vegetables, bedding plants, and houseplants. When used as directed, this fast-acting formula helps your garden produce maximum growth.

The Best Temperature for Houseplants

Indoor temperature and humidity levels in your house can affect a plant’s ability to survive and thrive. Keep your thermostat above 55 degrees Fahrenheit and avoid placing plants near cold drafts to keep plants happy and healthy.

How to Take Care of an Indoor Plant that is Dying

Water can truly impact the health and lifespan of your houseplants. It is possible to both water too much and not water enough. Signs of improper watering include slow leaf growth, brown and dried leaf edges, or curled, yellow lower leaves on a plant. Buy a water meter at any Calloway’s or Cornelius Nursery location to aid your plants’ growth. Water meters can measure the exact amount of water that your house plant needs, making it easy for you to know how frequently to water.

Stop by your nearest Calloway’s or Cornelius Nursery location to speak with one our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals who can assist you with selecting the right products and provide expert knowledge to properly care for your houseplants.

How-To Plant Succulents in Containers

We love succulents! They are extremely versatile and low maintenance, and not to mention, super trendy. You can plant them indoors or out, with minimal watering. Succulents come in different shapes, colors, and sizes, but they all work well together.

How-To Plant Succulents in Containers

STEP 1: Select your Succulents

houseplants

Stop by our store nearest you and select your succulents. While you are hand-picking your plants, keep in mind how you want to set up your creation. Keep it interesting with different shapes and textures and complete the look with an accent color or create a focal point with a taller variety.

succulents

STEP 2: Select your Containers

Here at Calloway’s and Cornelius, we always want to offer the best products that we can find. This year, we have selected new and improved containers that are perfect for your succulents.

houseplants

With different styles, colors, shapes, and more, you will find the container (or containers) that suites you the best.

Most importantly, choose a container that has a drainage hole. It is crucial that your succulents and their soil have proper drainage because succulents do not enjoy being over watered and the roots can began to rot. Ideally, you want the moisture to run through the soil and drain out, to keep the soil moist but not submerging your plant’s roots in water.

Step 3: Planting your Succulents

To start with, place some pebbles or charcoal for an even better drainage system at the bottom of your container.

soil

Then, add the potting soil. Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil or Black Gold® Cactus Mix are fantastic soils for planting your succulents. They both have moisture retaining capabilities that ensure your plant’s roots get the proper soil structure and drainage while allowing you to water less.

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After your soil is added, place your succulents in the container. Create a small hole in the soil for each plant and place into the soil.

Repeat this for each plant.

container creation

Once complete, top off with moss or stones to add that something extra and complete the look. Or keep as is!

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Step 4: Enjoy your Plants

succulents in containers

Have fun with all the different colors and designs on our pottery and experiment with different succulent creations and placement.

cute pottery

Adorn your space with each creation!

To learn more about planting succulents and cacti, stop by our garden series this Saturday, from 10:15am-11:00am.

2 Deliciously Refreshing Spring Beverages with Fresh Herbs

Put your herb garden to use with fresh beverages that your whole family will love! Today, we will teach you how to make a Fizzy Pineapple-Herb Limeade and a Grapefruit & Sage Refresher!

How-To Make a Fizzy Pineapple-Herb Limeade

Get the FULL RECIPE HERE!

STEP 1:

Gather your ingredients and clean your produce and herbs. You will need a large handful of both basil and mint, plus a little extra for a garnish.

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STEP 2:

In a large pitcher, muddle basil leaves and mint. You can also use a separate bowl to muddle and add to the pitcher when you are done.

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STEP 3:

Add lime juice, pineapple juice, and lime zest.

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Then, top off with sparkling water.

STEP 4:

Add your herbs and stir until well combined.

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Then, complete the drink with some cold ice!

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Stir to combine everything again and pour into a glass.

Top your drink off with a funky straw and enjoy!

How-To Make a Grapefruit & Sage Refresher

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STEP 1:

Clean your herbs from your garden.

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STEP 2:

In a pitcher or large glass, add grapefruit juice, and ice.

grapefruit juice

STEP 3:

Then, add your sage leaves.

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Stir well to infuse grapefruit juice with the sage.

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Finally, pour into a fun glass and enjoy!

sage drink

 

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