Plants

How to Grow and Care for the Cucumber Plant in Containers

Cucumber plant

Intro: The important thing about growing cucumber plants is not their foliage or flowers, but the crop the plant will give you. Cucumbers are relatively large plants, taking up a lot of space with their vines and large leaves, but it is possible to grow these vegetables in containers in a balcony kitchen garden. Choose a large plant container (at least 20 inches deep and 20 inches in diameter), and a tall trellis (4 feet tall or so) that can be placed behind the plant container or staked into the container itself. Train the cucumber plant’s vines to grow up the trellis in order to maximize your floor space and allow the foliage more sun.

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How to Grow and Care for Impatiens in Containers

Impatiens flower

Intro: There are many species in the Impatiens genus, but the varieties that you’ll find at your local garden shop are annual hybrids (some Impatiens species are perrenials). This commonly used flower usually shows up in flowerbeds, but they also look great in windowboxes, plant containers and hanging containers, and will even do well in a shady balcony garden.

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How to Grow and Care for the Canary Island Date Palm Tree in Containers

 

Canary Island date palm

Intro: Canary Island palm trees grow large, up to 60 feet tall with the top foliage spanning 40 feet. But because it is a slow-grower, you can purchase one of these palm trees for several dollars at your local garden shop and grow it for many years in a plant container in your balcony garden. Once it starts getting too large, donate it or sell it to someone who would like to plant it in a yard. Even when young, the Canary Island date palm tree’s leaves spread up and out and take up a lot of space. A Canary Island date palm should be the center of attention on a large balcony without many other container plants. It adds great height to a balcony garden without shading much of the area below it.

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How to Grow and Care for Marigolds in Containers

Marigold flower Tagetes

Intro: These beautiful gold, orange, yellow or white flowers (and a mixture of these colors) are often planted in butterfly gardens. They attract butterflies, but ward off other undesireable insects with their pungent odor. Plant these flowering container plants next to your tomato, eggplant, chili pepper and potato plants, as marigolds deter some pest insects that can harm these plants.

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How to Grow and Care for Pansy Flowers in Containers

Pansies flower Viola

Intro: Pansies are hybrid flowers that were developed in England in the early 1800s. Because pansies have been selectively bred by humans, they are hardy and bloom quickly. Flower colors include yellow, gold, orange, purple, red and white, and pansy flowers often have “faces” (think of the singing flowers in Alice in Wonderland). Pansy flowers are easy to care for and do well in container gardens.

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