Plants

How to Grow and Care for the Gardenia Flower in Containers

 Gardenia flower

Intro: The large white gardenia flower has a strong, sweet scent. Gardenia flowers come in many different shapes and sizes, but they are always white. Gardenia plant leaves are dark green and waxy. Flowers start to bloom mid-spring and extend into the summer. For a container garden, choose a gardenia variety that will grow well in plant containers (smaller varieties grow to about 2 feet tall), and provide acidic soil between 5.0 and 6.0. Potting soils have been developed especially for gardenias.

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How to Grow and Care for African Lily in Containers

African lily Apagnathus africanus

Intro: The African lily, also called Agagpathus, has 20 to 30 blue-purple or white flowers that bloom in a sphere on top of a 20-inch-tall central stalk. The ‘Albus’ cultivar has white flowers, ‘Sapphire’ has dark blue flowers, ‘Aureus’ has leaves striped with yellow and ‘Variegatus’ has white leaves with green bands. Other varieties include those with double flowers, and others grow larger or smaller flowers. The African lily is a great container plant because they seem to prefer being pot-bound, and containers make bringing this plant inside for the colder winter months easy. The African lily blooms in mid to late summer, and the flowers last for weeks, giving your balcony garden a nice splash of color.

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How to Grow and Care for the Lucky Clover Plant in Containers

Luckly leaf clover Oxalis tetraphylla

Intro: The 6- to 12-inch-tall lucky clover plant is known by many names, including iron cross, shamrock plant, lucky leaf and good luck plant. If growing in a feral state, it is often called four-leaf sorrel and four-leaved pink sorrel. Lucky clover, which is native to Mexico, is not a clover at all, but resembles a green four-leaf clover with an iron cross-shaped purple coloration in the center. The resemblance to the lucky four-leaf clover is what gives this Oxalis species its common names. This container plant blooms throughout the spring and summer with pretty little pink flowers. The good luck plant does well in plant containers indoors next to a sunny window or in a bright spot with indirect sun in a balcony container garden.

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How to Grow and Care for Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’ in Containers

Dracaena fragrans

Intro: Most often kept in indoor gardens, Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’ is usually planted with several stalks to a plant container and has leaves all over the stalk. Mature Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’ plant specimens (such as the one in the illustration above) looks like a small tree. Young plants have leaves all over its stalk, but older plants have a tall stalk with a tuft of dark green leaves at the top.

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The Best Plants to Grow Hydroponically

AerogardenWhile almost any terrestrial plant will grow well hydroponically, not all are suitable for a hydroponic growing aquarium or for an AeroGarden. There are a few container plants that will do really well in a 10-gallon aquarium by a window or underneath a grow light.

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