Looking at growing flowers on your balcony? With more gardeners working in smaller spaces these days, it makes sense that every nook and cranny is now being assessed as a possible grow zone. And balconies are prime spots for potted plants! But when it comes to growing in containers, not all plants are created equal. If you’re working with a container, hanging basket or window box, you’ll want to choose the right flowers for the job! Read on for some tips for growing flowers on your balcony, along with some plant recommendations.
Picking Your Pot
If you already have a pot or planter, keep the size in mind when ordering your balcony plants. If you’re buying your plants first, then you can order whatever your heart desires and then work on getting a suitable pot. The best part of container planting is that you can design your masterpiece just like you would if planting in the yard. Try to experiment with a mixture of 2 to 4 plants in different colors and textures and have fun!
Mind the Temperature
Bear in mind that container plants need a little more TLC than those planted in the ground. Because the plant and its roots sit above the ground, rather than in it, your plants will be more susceptible to temperature changes. You can try bringing your plants inside when temperatures drop or rise, if you have the room. Some people move them into their garage, though that does not work in all situations. Begonias are a popular container plant, you can read more about growing them and moving them according to temp changes here. As an alternative, you can insulate the pots by wrapping them with multiple layers of newspaper or a towel; then cover the entire container with a plant cover made for that purpose, or with a loosely wrapped plastic cover. Just uncover them as soon as the temperatures are warm enough.
If the temperatures rise during the day and then drop to freezing at night, uncover the plants during the day to let them breathe and soak up some sun; re-cover them at night to extend the life of your container plants.
Tap the links below to view, by color, some of the top plants for growing flowers on your balcony: