Plants

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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How to Grow and Care for Dwarf Orange Trees in Containers

Dwarf orange citrus tree

Intro: Dwarf citrus trees grow well in indoor gardens or in outdoor container gardens if kept warm enough, but they need a lot of sun. If you don’t get at least 8 hours of full sun a day, don’t spend money on these expensive trees. If you can care for these plants in your balcony garden, they should produce fruit twice a year once they have reached 2 to 3 years old.

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How to Grow and Care for Aloe Vera in Containers

Aloe vera barbadensis

Intro: Aloe is a popular succulent plant that produces yellow-orange flowering shoots. It is hardy and does well in plant containers in balcony gardens. Aloe vera plants are usually sold very small, but it is surprising how large they can get – up to 2 feet tall and 2.5 feet wide. There are many varieties of aloe vera that thrive in containers – some completely green and others having white speckles. When planting aloe vera in your balcony garden, remember that it doesn't like its leaves touching the potting soil. If the leaves touch soil, the leaves will turn dark green and begin to rot.

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Tips for Growing Cucumbers in Containers

Cucumber trellisThe important thing about growing cucumbers is not for their foliage or flowers, but for the crop they will give you. Take great care of your cucumber plant in order to have a small but rewarding crop of cucumbers later in a few months.

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How to Grow and Care for Bird of Paradise in Containers

Bird of paradise

Intro: The bird of paradise plant, also called crane flowers, is a large tropical plant native to South Africa that an easy plant to care for that is low-maintenance. In colder areas, the bird of paradise flower can be overwintered indoors during cooler months and moved out into the balcony garden for the summer. They usually bloom with unique flowers in winter or early spring. Its large leaves grow from 1 foot to 2 feet long, and the whole container plant can grow to more than 6 feet tall.

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