Fall Succulents

Fall is in the air, so are fall themed succulents!

If you’re dreaming of a succulent collection that includes every color in the rainbow, don’t forget about orange. These eye-catching orange succulents are perfect for adding a splash of vibrant color to your garden. Whether you’re interested in outdoor or indoor succulents, you’re sure to find the sunset-hued plant of your dreams on this list.

California Sunsets (Graptosedum) are easy to care for and propagate. They prefer partial sun, well-draining soil, and proper watering techniques. They can be propagated from seeds, cuttings, or offsets. They are an excellent plant for experienced and inexperienced gardeners. This succulent works great in a well drain planter indoors!

Golden Sedum is a trailing succulent that is ideal as ground cover or in hanging containers. At maturity, it can reach up to ten inches in height. When grown in partial sunlight, the oblong leaves take on a yellowish-green hue. However, the leaves become a brighter and more vibrant shade of orange with more sunlight! This will do well in either partial or full sun, but it will not develop the stunning orange color it’s known for with only partial sunlight. As with most succulents, Golden Sedum prefer well-draining soil and watering only when the soil is dry.

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ succulent is a dependable choice for the late summer and fall garden, offering foliage interest earlier in the season and then putting on a color display of bronze-red flowers in fall. Autumn joy is a more upright plant than most of the sedums, with fleshy, succulent leaves resembling those of the jade plant. Pink flowers first appear in early fall in the form of flat clusters of tiny flowers that gradually open through fall to produce reddish flowers that gradually turn bronze. This sedum is a type of succulent, related to hen-and-chicks (Sempervivum tectorum) and jade plant (Crassula ovata). All these plants feature water-hoarding leaves that grow best in soil that’s on the dry side. To keep this flower stems standing straight is to insert hoop or grow-through type stakes around plant clumps early in the season.

There’s nothing wrong with a garden full of green succulents, but if you’re looking to add a little panache to your collection, these orange succulents are just what you’ve been searching for. From pastel peach to vibrant sunset, there’s an orange succulent for every occasion. These gorgeous plants will make a statement anywhere you choose to plant them! If you are looking for indoor planters that can make a statement along with your succulent, visit Flymeawaycreations Etsy shop! At the shop you can browse through over 30 different planter designs that work well with succulents, cacti, and air plants!

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Herbs for your Pets

Herbs have long been used to treat and prevent ailments in people, and apart from smelling good and adding an extra something to your cooking, certain herbs can help your dog, too. Your fury friends deserve herb love too! If you have room to grow herbs (and you really don’t need much, a window box is perfectly fine), why not grow a selection that can be used to treat some common dog ailments? Hey, it may help you save a few bucks on vet visits — and saving money is always a good thing. The dosage suggestions provided in this blog represent what studies were observed and noted in the book “Herbs for Pets” by Gregory L. Tilford & Mary L. Wolff. There are many herbs that can help with certain problems for your pets. In this blog I will discuss 3 herbs that I am giving my best friend Buster or have seen improve my dog’s health over time.

Thyme: this ground hugging plant that is evergreen perennial, which blooms early spring to midsummer is a helpful herb for your pet.

Parts to use: leaves, stems, flowers

Common Use: teas or tincture for cough suppressant, expels intestinal gas, expels worms. It helps to ease bronchial spasms related to asthma, preventative against gingivitis.

How to use: sweetened with honey, boil to create tea, use ¼ teaspoon for each 30 pound animal body weight. Give twice a day.

Ginger: the root of the ginger is delicious, and it’s been highly prized for centuries as a medicinal herb. It can be made into a tea or tincture, and is excellent at settling a doggy’s upset tummy. Give 1/2 teaspoon for dog’s under 35 pounds (1/4 teaspoon for miniature breeds) and 3/4 teaspoon for larger dog’s. It can be mixed into your dog’s food. Always start slow and check with your holistic veterinarian if you are unsure about dosing.

Catnip: Parts to use leaf (dried or fresh) Dogs can get anxious and frightened in car rides and thunderstorms. Catnip may help relieve stress related situations and normalize their attitude. Use 0.25, milliliters per 30 pound of animal body weight.

Also, you can find Rescue remedy (flower essence) which can be found at a health food store to help relieve stress. At the moment I am using Thyme to help with Buster’s coughing and in the past I have used Catnip to help relieve stress during a hurricane storm.  Both seem to help improve his health! If you like to learn more and read more on different herbs definitely check out the book that was mention above in this blog!

Also you can visit Flymeawaycreations shop on Etsy to find helpful planters to start growing your helpful pet friendly herbs!

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Finding the Perfect Cacti

This prickly plant is a unique and popular and it’s known for its wide variety of species, each very distinct in appearance. Cactus have many different shapes. They are found around the world. There are about 2,000 different kinds of cacti. They thrive in dry, hot climates. Unlike most plants, cactus need very minimal amounts of water, thriving in well-drained areas. They store what water they do get, allowing them to survive droughts.  All cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti. Cacti have structures called areolas, small cushioned shapes that grow spines, branches or hair, that define their family. Many succulents don’t have areolas and so are classified in a different plant family.

While Cacti are commonly thought of as desert plants, they can thrive in a home environment too.  So having trouble picking out your perfect plant, I have listed a few cacti plants that I adore and that you can find at any local garden shop! To help you decide on which plant is the best fit, look at each one’s appearance, water intake and sunlight needs.

Bunny ears cactus is named after its appearance. It has two pads that are bunny ear shaped. They are covered with glochids or brown prickles and should be handled with care. The bunny ears cactus grows to two or three feet, making it the perfect house plant. It produces white flowers and purple fruits in the summer if exposed to enough light. (water every 3-4 weeks & indirect sunlight)

Popularly known as the chin cactus, the gymnocalycium is a South American species of cactus. Its name means “naked kalyx” in Greek which refers to the lack of hair or spines on the flower buds. Depending on the variety, some chin cacti seek shade while others thrive in sunlight. (water once a week & partial sunlight)

Saguaro cactus can grow to forty feet, but it grows slowly. This means it can be used as an indoor plant for years before you need to move it outdoors. It has a barrel-shaped body, giving it the classic cactus appearance. Native to the Sonoran Desert, this plant requires a lot of light. If kept as an indoor plant, be sure to place it in direct sunlight. (water once a month & direct sunlight)

The Christmas cactus blooms in late winter. It has vibrant red flowers and is a common holiday gift. The Christmas cactus does well indoors, in moderate home conditions. Avoid watering too much because this will cause the roots to rot. This plant can adapt to low light environments, but blooms excel with more light. (water every 3-4 weeks & indirect sunlight)

The moon cactus varies in size, shape and color. A popular variety is the hibotan cactus. It originated in South America and comes in bright reds, pinks, yellows and oranges. These small plants thrive on windowsills that get partial light. (water every 3-4 weeks & partial light)

Cacti are a unique addition to any home or garden. Whether you decide to plant an outdoor cactus in your backyard or add a cactus and succulent arrangement to your windowsill, they are low maintenance plants that are easy to care for. Check out Flymeawaycreations Etsy shop to find several planters for that perfect cactus plant!

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How to Get Noticed on Etsy

Being on Etsy from the beginning I have learned several tips along the way. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from my time selling on Etsy, it’s that having my items being shown to people in search results is incredibly important.  You can have the most beautiful products in your shop, but if they aren’t being seen it doesn’t even matter. The steps that I’ve outlined in this post are a few techniques that I have learned along the way to use. It’s the key to having a successful shop and making money on Etsy! At the beginning I didn’t realize that there is a lot of work to do to be seen you can’t just open the shop and wait for the customers to come to you, that was one big mistake that many make including myself.

One of the main factors of being shown in Etsy search results is the keywords for your items and where you place them. I’ve been selling on Etsy for 8 years now and I’ve managed to work my way up from the far away pages to the top row on the first search page, mostly because of the simple set of rules that I follow when listing my items. It takes time and work but can be worth it.

KEYWORD SELECTION

Selecting the best keywords for your Etsy listings is one of the most important things that you can do. Just in case your brand new to this, and unfamiliar with what a keyword even is–it’s a word or set of words that your potential buyers would use to search for your items.

You should try to choose one broad keyword, and one more detailed, a long tail keyword phrase for each item that you sell. And you’ll use both throughout the listing. The broad keyword should be easy. Choose the 1 or 2 words that best describe your item. Once you have that keyword, you just need the more detailed keyword. It will be a longer set of words, probably more like 3 or 4 words that describe your item. Just remember keywords/keyword phrases may change for every single item that you list. Depending on what you sell, you may end up using your broad keyword for many of your items. It’s your long tail keyword phrase that is most likely to change quite often.

Also, be sure that the words make sense when read together. DO NOT just pick a few words that describe your item and string them together. You want it to sound like proper language and something that you might say out loud when describing to someone the item.

ETSY SEARCH BOX

One of the easiest ways to get keyword ideas for your listing is to go to the Etsy search box and begin typing your main, broad keyword for the item. As you’re typing, a list will drop down of recent and commonly searched terms. If you choose something from this list as your longer, more detailed keyword, there’s a good chance that you’ll have success with it. Also Etsy is helping you if you to the search bar and before typing will show a list of what words are popular that day/month that are being searched in Etsy. This is a plus! For instance dorm room décor phase is a popular search right now, so if you have an item in your shop that would fall into that category, use that word as a tag or use it in your title.

TITLE & TAGS

Now that you have your keywords, it’s time to add them to your title and tags for your item. Place your main keyword/keyword phrase near the front of the title. You want to add more detailed keyword phrase to the title. Remember to make that phrase sound natural. I always suggest adding some sort of punctuation or visible divider in between the keyword phrases in your title. I prefer commas, pipes, or colons. Whichever you choose will not change how your item shows up in search results–it just makes it easier for shoppers to read.

For example: 3D Printed Skulls Planter for Indoor Gardening, or Stationary Desk Accessories

Use some of the keywords in your tags. If your longer keywords are too long for one tag, divide them into two tags but right next to each other. Try to duplicate your title within your allowed tags. If you have any available tag spots left over, fill them with other relevant words for your items. Think about what you would type in when searching for the item in your shop.

CATEGORIES, ETC.

The categories section is another place that you’ll be fitting in some keywords, although they won’t necessarily be the ones that you chose.

I always suggest getting as detailed as possible when choosing your categories and sub-categories. Begin with the top 2 or 3 that Etsy presents to you, and then continue to choose from their selections until they don’t offer any more. I’ve tried this both ways–by not choosing any other sub-categories after the first couple, so that my listing is in a broader range of search, and by choosing sub-categories all the way until there aren’t anymore. The latter is what has worked best for me, by far.

I try to every month go through my listing and update pictures, and search myself on etsy my item, and see where it is placed in the search pages. If it is placed on the first page, then you know your item is described and being seen by many people. If you notice on of your items is listed on the third or on down in the etsy search pages, then you need to work on that specific listing. This means you might need to reword the title, tags, or change the holiday, or update the pictures.

ETSY SHOP ELEMENTS

There are several other elements to your Etsy shop that you may not give a lot of thought to. These are important and Etsy likes a shop that is complete. Probably the most important aspect is your About page. Etsy loves when this is filled out to the max, and I suspect that they reward those sellers by placing them in search results.

You don’t have to make it perfect right away. Just go in, and fill it with information about yourself, your shop, and anything else you think your potential customers may want to know. There is something to be said about being able to make a connection with the person you’re buying something from, so this will only help!

Pay attention to are your Shop Announcement, Shop Title, and your Shop Policies. The Shop Announcement page is where you can tell your customers about specials, sales, new items, and any other fun information. Plus, it’s also a great place to add your keywords! Your Shop logo icon is also a fantastic place to add your keywords, so be sure that is filled out. I have created a picture banner that describes what my shop is and sells. Your Shop Policies will help your customers get any information about buying from your shop and will eliminate the need for sending a Convo or message. Some people just don’t feel like doing that, so it’s at that point that you lose a customer. If you tell them what they need to know, they’re much more likely to make a purchase. (Also put any policy that you think might be important in your listing description) by doing this the customer is reading it and if they have questions then he or she will contact you.

This may all seem like a lot of work, just to get your items shown to people, and it is, and can be time consuming. Nonetheless, if you want your shop to be a success, and you want to make money with it, then it’s necessary. And worth it!

I’m working on more informative posts for your Etsy business, so follow my blog and I will try to help you through your Etsy journey! Also I write about gardening tips, so if you love plants and don’t have a green thumb you need to check out several of my gardening blog posts!

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Tropical PLANTS that grow almost anywhere!

Transform your yard or large planters into paradise with one of these easy- care exotic beauties. How tropical are these plants? True tropical plants originate in humid, hot climates; jungles and Hawaii. While several of these are tropical, they can survive in less than steamy locales so you can enjoy their showy look almost anywhere. If you live in areas that can deep below freezing, keep these plants in planters and bring them inside in the colder months. In warmer climates these tropical beauties can survive throughout the year.  I have created a list of the top five tropical plants that I enjoy and are easy to take care of.

First, Hardy Hibiscus, this shrub has a large bloom that looks like the Hawaii state flower. This flower will last through each season in almost every state. Plant the flower in a sunny location and keep the soil moist. Once the flower starts blooming in midsummer, the flowers will last months. This pretty flower grows well in your flower garden, or if you don’t have the space, make sure you plant it in a large container to give it enough room to grow!

Second, Elephant ears, to bring drama to any space, why not add this heart-shaped leafy plant. Elephant ears can grow three feet long on six-foot-tall stalks creating a drama jungle look to your garden! These plants love partial shade, plenty of water, and regular plant fertilizer to help it thrive. Also, this plant can grow in large container planters to add volume in any room in your home or office.

Third, Passionflower, this vine sprouts flat petals that surround a fringed center. Starting in summer, the blooms stay open for only a day, but flowering buds bloom constantly, so you’ll see flowers through early Fall. Remember to plant this beautiful flower after the last frost and it can survive the winter in every region other than Midwest and northern New England. If you decide to plant in a container, make sure you place the flowering plant near a background where the vine can latch on to and thrive.

Fourth, Canna flower, this gorgeous long palm-like leaf is mixed brightly stripes are often its flashiest feature! It also has tall, ruffled flowers in bold colors. The canna is a sun worshiper and should last through the winter in the mid-Atlantic and South and up the Pacific coastline to Northwest.

Lastly, Pineapple lily, this whimsical plant has fragrant spikes of star-shaped flowers that look like pineapples but are not edible. You can plant this in the spring or summer, and it will survive winter in the southeast and Southwest and along the Pacific coast.

 

So next time you are deciding which flowering plant to bring home, think about adding a little tropical vibe to your space with any of these plants above. Also, check out Flymeawaycreations Etsy shop where you can find smaller planters that are 3D printed and unique to help hold any tropical smaller indoor plants.

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