Plants

How to Grow and Care for the Common Daisy Flower in Containers

Common daisy

Intro: Common daisies are beautiful flowers found in many flowerbeds and vase arrangements. The white-petaled daisy flower with its yellow center does well in plant containers and is easy to grow and care for in balcony gardens. Daisy blooms are most commonly white, but they can also be light pink to purple-red, depending on the variety. Daisy blooms should appear from early spring to late autumn. Many other flowers go by the name “daisy,” but the common daisy is usually what gardeners picture when thinking of the typical daisy flower. Daisy flowers bloom close to the ground (it only grows to about 6 inches tall) and are rather small (about 2.5 inches in diameter).

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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 Lavender in Containers

Lavender

Intro: The aromatic lavender plant has beautiful purple-blue flowers and adds height to a container garden. It makes a great companion plant with vegetables and herbs, and it will attract beneficial insects to your garden, including butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

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How to Grow and Care for the Dahlia Flower in Containers

Dahlia flower


Intro: Dahlia flowers do best in plant containers that are at least 1 by 1 foot, and low-growing and dwarf dahlia varieties are best for container gardening. There are so many dahlia flower varieties that every gardener can find something for their garden. These flowers come in every color imaginable for a flower except for blue. A blue dahlia flower has never been produced, even after the Caledonia Horticultural Society of Edinburgh offered a cash prize for the first person to grow a blue dahlia in 1846!

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How to Grow and Care for Philodendron in Containers

Heart-leaf philodendron

Intro: The heart-leaf philodendron plant will vine (some actually have sticky pads like ivy plants and will cling to a nearby wall or trellis) and grow quite large. They can also be grown trailing down from the top of a shelf or in a hanging basket. Philodendrons are often confused with the pothos plant (there are subtle differences between the two plants). Just like pothos, the philodendron plant will probably do better in an indoor garden unless you have a very shady balcony garden. Philodendron (also like pothos) is so simple to grow that anyone can grow this container plant. The philodendron's heart-shaped leaves can grow up to a 6-inches long on mature plants.

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