Plants

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 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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How to Grow and Care for Tomatoes in Containers

Tomato Solanum lycopersicum

Intro: Tomato plants actually do best when grown in plant containers in kitchen gardens, and even gardeners with yards grow them in containers or even in bags. These plants have a distinctive smell and small, humble yellow flowers. After you’ve picked one of your own tomatoes straight from your balcony's kitchen garden, you’ll never look at a grocery store tomato in the same way again!

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How to Grow and Care for Cilantro in Containers

Cilantro

Intro: Cilantro, also called coriander, is a strong herb used fresh or dried for culinary purposes, especially in Asian and Mexican cuisines. Cilantro's seeds (actually the plant’s tiny fruits) can be found in spice jars under the name coriander, while its fresh leaves are often referred to as cilantro (in the United States only – other English-speaking countries call the fresh leaves as coriander, as well). Cilantro grows to 20 inches tall and has tiny white flower clusters at the ends of stalks. Cilantro can be difficult to grow in kitchen gardens, especially in hotter areas. The trick is to plant cilantro in the balcony garden in the spring or fall when the weather is cooler.

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How to Grow and Care for the Spider Plant in Containers

Spider plant

Intro: The spider plant is a popular houseplant, and is most often grown as the variegated cultivar that has two white stripes on each leaf. The spider plant a great plant for beginning container gardeners because it is easy to grow and propagate. The spider plant is tolerant of many conditions and will even survive when neglected. The grasslike spider plant look best in balcony gardens when displayed in hanging plant containers with their plantlets draping down.

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