Plants

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 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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How to Grow and Care for the Dahlia Flower in Containers

Dahlia flower


Intro: Dahlia flowers do best in plant containers that are at least 1 by 1 foot, and low-growing and dwarf dahlia varieties are best for container gardening. There are so many dahlia flower varieties that every gardener can find something for their garden. These flowers come in every color imaginable for a flower except for blue. A blue dahlia flower has never been produced, even after the Caledonia Horticultural Society of Edinburgh offered a cash prize for the first person to grow a blue dahlia in 1846!

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How to Grow and Care for Foxgloves in Containers

Foxglove Digitalis

Intro: The common foxglove plant produces beautiful cascading trumpetlike flowers that range from purple to gray to white. Depending on the species and variety, foxglove flowers can be different colors (yellow, pink, red, etc.) or have spots inside of the blooms. It’s flowers inspired the plant’s genus name Digitalis, meaning fingerlike, and a human finger can fit easily into one of the flowers.

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