Plants

How to Grow and Care for the String of Beads Plant in Containers

String of beads Senecio herreanus

Intro: The string of beads plant, aka string of pearls or gooseberry plant, is perfect succulent plant for hanging plant containers or for use as ground cover. It has interesting cylindrical leaves and blooms with white flowers. There are two popular string of beads plant species, Senecio herreanus and S. roleyanus. Senecio herreanus has larger leaves. The string of beads plant cannot always be found at your local garden shop, so you may have to do some searching to find it.

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How to Grow and Care for the Onion Plant in Containers

Onion

Intro: The savory onion bulb is a popular vegetable for urban kitchen gardens. The onion plant thrives in the cooler months. Onions can be grown year-round, and some onion varieties are better for different seasons. Choose short day length varieties (about 10 hours of daylight), such as Onion Toughball, Troy or Radar variety for fall plantings. Choose long day length (roughly 15 daylight hours) varieties, Marco, Red Baron or Hyred, to plant in the container garden in the spring. White Lisbon is a good variety for the winter. There are many onion plant varieties – choose a variety that will do well in your area and one you would enjoy eating from the garden. Out of the yellow, white and red onions, yellow has the strongest onion flavor, and red is the sweetest.

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How to Grow and Care for Spearmint in Containers

Spearmint Mentha spicata

Intro: Spearmint is easy to grow and does well in plant containers in shady balcony gardens. Mint leaves (fresh or dry) can be used in mint teas that taste great and aid in digestion (mint tea on a hot day is a wonderful refreshment). The spearmint plant has purple flowers that attract butterflies, wild birds and beneficial insects.

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How to Grow and Care for Broccoli in Containers

Broccoli plant

Intro: Broccoli is an easy cool-season crop to care for in kitchen gardens in balcony container gardens. The large flower heads are eaten raw, steamed or boiled. It is closely related to cauliflower, which is another cultivar of the Brassica oleracea species. It can get quite tall – up to 3 feet tall.

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How to Grow and Care for Petunia Flowers in Containers

Petunia flower

Intro: This classic flower for plant containers comes in many colors, mostly blue, white, and shades of pink. There are a few different petunia flower varieties: large flowers (grandiflora), ground cover (hedgiflora), smaller flowers good for baskets (multiflora), or small flowers that do well in harsh weather (milliflora).

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