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How to Grow and Care for Azaleas in Containers

Azalea Rhododendron

Intro: Azaleas are flowering bushes that have impressive, showy flower blooms in the summer. Their large, colorful flowers last for weeks, and they look beautiful when cut and displayed in a vase inside. Popular in Southern-style gardens, the azalea plant is often grown as a large bush. In balcony container gardens, however, these bushes will need to be pruned – they can actually be pruned to resemble small flowering trees. There are many species, varieties and hybrids of azaleas, and you are likely to find any color and flower shape to suit your balcony garden’s conditions.

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25 Great Vegetables for the Container Garden

VegetablesMany vegetable plants will grow well in containers in balcony gardens. Some vegetables require large plant containers (or they can be grown in sturdy plastic bags), but many can be grown in smaller containers. The key to vegetable gardening success is watering them well.

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How to Grow and Care for Spinach in Containers

Spinach

Intro: Spinach, the nutritious leafy vegetable that most kids love to hate, is a popular food grown in small-space gardens such as balcony container gardens. This cool-weather crop grows well in plant containers and can provide great taste and healthy nutrients just 40 to 45 days after planting in the kitchen garden. The spinach plant does well in shady balcony gardens and in cooler areas, it is easy to harvest, and it is a beautiful and rich deep green color. What more could a balcony gardener ask for from a vegetable?

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How to Grow and Care for English Ivy (Branching Ivy) in Containers

English ivy Hedera helix

Intro: You’ve undoubtedly seen the fast-growing invasive English ivy, also known as branching ivy or glacier ivy, as ground cover in landscaping, and it is easy to grow in any balcony garden. It is almost impossible to kill this versatile container plant. It can be trained to grow up a trellis or in a hanging plant container. If grown in an indoor garden, English ivy cleans the air of formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide. 

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How to Grow and Care for Zinnias in Containers

 

Zinnia flower

Intro: Zinnias are beautiful flowers that are great for butterfly gardens. Zinnia flowers come in white, light green, yellow, orange, red and purple. There are many different Zinnia species, but the most common is Z. elegans. Zinnias have different flower petal arrangements – some have a single row of flower petals, while others have multiple rows that give the flower a more full, dome shape. These easy-to-grow flowers are great for plant containers in urban balcony gardens.

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