Plants

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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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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Growing the Jacaranda Tree (Jacaranda mimosifolia) in Containers

tree jacaranda mimosifoliaJacaranda trees (Jacaranda mimosifolia) are tall blooming trees that cannot grow to maturity in a plant container in a balcony garden. Just like many trees, this tree can be grown in a balcony garden (or even indoors if you have a sunny spot) while it is young. Eventually every Jacaranda in a plant container will need to be transplanted into the ground, so you may have to part with your Jacaranda someday (unless you buy a house with a nice big yard).

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How to Grow and Care for Philodendron in Containers

Heart-leaf philodendron

Intro: The heart-leaf philodendron plant will vine (some actually have sticky pads like ivy plants and will cling to a nearby wall or trellis) and grow quite large. They can also be grown trailing down from the top of a shelf or in a hanging basket. Philodendrons are often confused with the pothos plant (there are subtle differences between the two plants). Just like pothos, the philodendron plant will probably do better in an indoor garden unless you have a very shady balcony garden. Philodendron (also like pothos) is so simple to grow that anyone can grow this container plant. The philodendron's heart-shaped leaves can grow up to a 6-inches long on mature plants.

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How to Grow and Care for Peace Lilies in Containers

Peace lily Spathiphyllum floribundum

Intro: Peace lily flowers are usually kept in indoor gardens, but if you have a dark balcony garden that doesn’t get direct light and you live in a warm area, you can keep peace lilies in your balcony container garden. The peace lily flower has large shiny, dark green leaves and large white flowers that can last for weeks or months. To keep your peace lily plant blooming with large, healthy-looking flowers, remove any flower and its stalk once the flower is past its prime. Once the flower starts turning green or gets brown spots, it is time to remove the flower. To remove the peace lily flower, cut off the flower at the base of its stalk without twisting or ripping it out.

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