Plants

How to Grow and Care for Clivia (Bush / Kaffir) Lilies in Containers

Bush lily Clivia miniata

Intro: The Clivia lily, also called flame lily, kaffir lily or bush lily, is a fantastic container plant for shady balcony gardens. These flowers have clumps of orange, red or yellow flowers that resemble those of geranium flowers. They can also grow well in indoor gardens. These larger flowers should be kept in 12-inch or larger pots and be a few years old before they are expected to bloom (see Misc. Info for more information on how to make the Clivia lily bloom). While the plant is not blooming, its interesting thick, dark green leaves still make for an attractive display in the balcony container garden.

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How to Grow and Care for Aloe Vera in Containers

Aloe vera barbadensis

Intro: Aloe is a popular succulent plant that produces yellow-orange flowering shoots. It is hardy and does well in plant containers in balcony gardens. Aloe vera plants are usually sold very small, but it is surprising how large they can get – up to 2 feet tall and 2.5 feet wide. There are many varieties of aloe vera that thrive in containers – some completely green and others having white speckles. When planting aloe vera in your balcony garden, remember that it doesn't like its leaves touching the potting soil. If the leaves touch soil, the leaves will turn dark green and begin to rot.

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How to Grow and Care for Tomatoes in Containers

Tomato Solanum lycopersicum

Intro: Tomato plants actually do best when grown in plant containers in kitchen gardens, and even gardeners with yards grow them in containers or even in bags. These plants have a distinctive smell and small, humble yellow flowers. After you’ve picked one of your own tomatoes straight from your balcony's kitchen garden, you’ll never look at a grocery store tomato in the same way again!

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How to Grow and Care for Cilantro in Containers

Cilantro

Intro: Cilantro, also called coriander, is a strong herb used fresh or dried for culinary purposes, especially in Asian and Mexican cuisines. Cilantro's seeds (actually the plant’s tiny fruits) can be found in spice jars under the name coriander, while its fresh leaves are often referred to as cilantro (in the United States only – other English-speaking countries call the fresh leaves as coriander, as well). Cilantro grows to 20 inches tall and has tiny white flower clusters at the ends of stalks. Cilantro can be difficult to grow in kitchen gardens, especially in hotter areas. The trick is to plant cilantro in the balcony garden in the spring or fall when the weather is cooler.

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How to Grow and Care for Dwarf Orange Trees in Containers

Dwarf orange citrus tree

Intro: Dwarf citrus trees grow well in indoor gardens or in outdoor container gardens if kept warm enough, but they need a lot of sun. If you don’t get at least 8 hours of full sun a day, don’t spend money on these expensive trees. If you can care for these plants in your balcony garden, they should produce fruit twice a year once they have reached 2 to 3 years old.

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