How to Grow and Care for Poinsettias in Containers

Poinsettia plant Euphorbia

Intro: The poinsettia, also called noche buena, is a popular container plant around the holidays. You can find this hardy plant decorating malls, offices and houses during the Christmas season, but it is actually a shrub that can grow to 12 feet. The balcony container gardener can prune this plant back and give it some special care to have their poinsettias flourish year after year in a container. This plant has colorful bracts, or modified leaves, that serve their purpose as attracting pollinators. The poinsettia variety that gardeners most often see is bright red, and these leaves are often mistaken for flowers.


How to Grow and Care for Lucky Bamboo in Containers

Lucky bamboo Dracaena sanderiana

Intro: The lucky bamboo plant is an integral part of Feng Shui and is said to bring fortune and good luck. They do well in just about any garden space, whether it is light or shady, in potting soil or in pure water. Lucky bamboo comes in many different shapes, often twisted and braided into different shapes, but the cheapest and most common lucky bamboo is the straight stalk with a few leaves. These indestructible beauties are slow-growing and bring an Asian flair to a themed balcony garden or indoor garden.


How to Grow and Care for the Never-Never Plant in Containers

Never-Never plant Ctenanthe

Intro: The never-never plant is an evergreen perennial is native to southeastern Brazil and does best in warm air and soil. It is a popular houseplant kept in indoor gardens (because of its need of warm temperatures), but it can be kept outside in the balcony garden in warmer climates during part of the year. The never-never plant has leathery leaves that can grow to a foot long. The 'Tricolor' cultivar (the most common cultivar) has yellow streaks on the top of its leaves, and the undersides are a deep purple-red.


How to Grow and Care for Jalapeño Peppers in Containers

Jalapeno Capiscum annuum

Intro: Jalapeño peppers are very similar to the bell pepper. In fact, it is the same plant species, both peppers being cultivars, varieties of the same plant bred for specific characteristics. The delicious jalapeño pepper can be used in cooking, and it graces the garden with tiny white flowers and green fruits. These plants grow well in relatively small plant containers, such as 3 gallons or 10 inches, and grow to 3 feet tall.


How to Grow and Care for Baby's Tears in Containers

Babys tears plant

Intro: This creeping container plant has many common names in addition to baby’s tears, including angel's tears, mind-your-own-business, peace-in-the-home, pollyanna vine, mother of thousands, the Corsican curse and Irish moss (although it is not a moss). This container plant does well for centerpieces on tables (such as a cup and saucer brimming with baby’s tears) or as “ground” cover in pots with exposed dirt. This plant gracefully flows over the side of a plant container, adding visual interest to a plant display and overall balcony garden design


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