Plants

How to Grow and Care for Roses in Containers

Floribunda rose

Intro: There are many rose flower varieties that grow well in plant containers – you can choose a color, size, shape and fragrance that suits you and your balcony garden space. But because there are so many rose varieties, you should read books about roses, join an online forum discussion, a local gardening or rose club, or ask a knowledgeable staff member at your local garden shop about what varieties will work for you.

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How to Propagate Aloe Vera

Aloe vera offsetsAloe vera is one of the easiest container plants to grow in a balcony garden, and it is also easy to propagate. Propagating aloe vera from seed is difficult (many aloe-keepers have never seen their aloe flower). Most container gardeners find it easiest to propagate an aloe vera’s offsets. If your aloe vera plant is doing well, it will send out offsets or “pups.” These small clones can be found around your plant or even coming out of the drainage holes of its container. An aloe vera can fill an entire plant container with its pups, and it can even send offshoots beyond its plant container and try to settle down in the dirt belonging to a neighboring container plant.

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How to Grow and Care for Cyclamen in Containers

Cyclamen flower plant

Intro: Cyclamen, also called Persian violet or primrose, is a small container plant that grows best in cooler weather. Its sweet-smelling flowers grow to about 0.75 inches long, and the whole plant grows to 8 inches high (when flowering) and 6 inches in diameter. Cyclamen's attractive foliage is heart-shaped and often has silver variegations on the leaf tops. Cyclamen flowers bloom between December and may and come in many different colors, including pink, red, white, as well as striped or multiple colors.

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How to Grow and Care for Oregano in Containers

Greek oregano

Intro: The variety of oregano used for cooking and flavoring dishes is Greek oregano. There are many varieties of oregano, and while others may be more beautiful to look at, make sure to purchase Greek oregano if you want to grow it in your kitchen garden so you can eat it. Greek oregano’s delicate purple flowers grow on spikes, but if you want to harvest your oregano for cooking, pinch these pretty flowers to promote more leaf growth that you will be able to harvest.

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How to Grow and Care for Cabbage in Containers

Growing Cabbage

Intro: Cabbage, which can grow from 2 to 4 feet tall, is a large plant that does well in containers. It is grown for its juvenile inner leaves that can be eaten raw or cooked. It is a low-calorie food and a good source of riboflavin and vitamin C. It needs a large container, especially if you want to include other plants in the pot. Cabbage is a good companion plant with celery, dill, garlic, mint, rosemary, onions, peas, potatoes and thyme.

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