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10 Best Plants to Grow On Your Balcony

You love gardening but you don’t have the land space? We think a lovely garden is still attainable, only this time your balcony has to do the job. Greening your apartment and your balcony is a great way to bring nature into your home and to create a soothing and healthy environment. When it comes to selecting the right plants, we’re here to help. 

 

1. Aptenia Cordifolia

This low growing plant is a hardy perennial. Its succulent leaves make it tough enough for balcony conditions, while its small red flowers provide year round color. 

How to make it happy

  • Suits full sun.
  • Plant in a through planter.
  • Water only when the soil is completely dry.
  • Fertilizing isn’t necessary.

Aptenia-Cordifolia

 

2. Schlumbergera (Zygocactus)

Native to Brazil, the Zygocactus thrives in pots. With delicate bell-like flowers that bloom in winter, it is ideal for adding color to a balcony.

How to make it happy

  • Suits full shade.
  • Plant in a hanging planter.
  • Water as the soils begins to dry.
  • Use a low-nitrogen fertiliser during flowering.

Schlumbergera-Zygocactus

 

3.Plumeria Pudica (Evergreen Frangipani)

Unlike common frangipanis, this plant is evergreen and more shrub-like. Whit delicate white and deep green foliage it adds color and impact.

How to make it happy

  • Suits full sun or part shade.
  • Plant in a large feature pot.
  • Water only when the soil is dry.
  • Use a slow-release all-purpose fertiliser once a year.

Plumeria-Pudica

 

4. Alcantarea Imperialis 

With its broad leaf and deep red coloring the hardy Alcantarea Imperialis creates instant impact. In the winter, the red underside of the leaf brightens, enhancing the appeal of this striking plant.

How to make it happy

  • Suits full sun or part shade.
  • Plant in a large low bowl planter.
  • Water only when the soil is dry.
  • Use a week seaweed solution in summer.

Alcantarea-Imperialis-

 

5. Carissa Desert Star

The Carissa Dessert Star provides glossy evergreen foliage and sweetly scented white flowers that appear in the warmer months. Even in a pot, it can grow up to 1 metre high.

How to make it happy

  • Suits full sun or part shade.
  • Plant in a medium square or cylinder pot.
  • Water only when the soil is dry.
  • Use a slow-release all-purpose fertiliser once a year.

Carissa-Desert-Star

 

6. Portulaca Hot Pots

This low maintenance plant yields flowers in pinks, reds, yellows and oranges. Being semi-succulent, it is tough, thrives in warm climates and will produce masses of flowers in summer. 

How to make it happy

  • Suits full sun.
  • Plant in through planter.
  • Water only when the soil is dry.
  • Use an all-purpose fertiliser in spring and summer.

Portulaca-Hot-Pots

7. Cryptomeria Japonica (Globosa Nana)

A hardy, dense and textural evergreen shrub, Globosa Nana is a great way to create privacy. It can grow up to 1,5 metres high and has lush foliage year round.

How to make it happy

  • Suits full sun.
  • Plant in through planter.
  • Keep the soil moist with regular watering.
  • Use a slow-release all-purpose fertiliser in spring.

Cryptomeria-Japonica

 

8. Rhaphiolepis Indica (Spring Pearl)

This low maintenance compact shrub is tough as nails. It can withstand exposed windy conditions and still produce flashes of white and pink flowers.

How to make it happy

  • Suits full sun or part shade.
  • Plant in through planter.
  • Water as the soil begins to dry.
  • Use a slow-release all-purpose fertiliser in spring.

Rhaphiolepis-Indica

 

9. Strelitzia Nicolai (White Bird of Paradise)

A striking plant, the White Bird of Paradise looks great positioned in a corner. Despite its tropical appearance. It can withstand cold temperatures but should be protected from the wind.

How to make it happy

  • Suits partly shaded conditions.
  • Plant in oversized cylinder pot.
  • Water only when the soil is dry.
  • Regularly use a slow-release all-purpose fertiliser.

Strelitzia-Nicolai-White-Bird-of-Paradise

 

10. Nolina nelsonii (Nelson’s Bera Grass)

This striking architectural plant adds texture to any balcony. A hardy species, it will happily withstand full exposure to wind, sun, frost and salt spray.

How to make it happy

  • Suits full sun or part shade.
  • Plant in a large low bowl planter.
  • Water only when the soil is dry.
  • Use a slow-release all-purpose fertiliser  once a year.

Nolina-nelsonii

 

Planting tips

  • Choose large pots that give your plants room to grow.
  • Water all plants well after planting.
  • When flower buds appear do not reposition the plant until flowering is finished.
  • Prune plants after flowering to encourage new growth.
  • In cool climates position plants away from areas prone to frost.

 

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