People who live in apartment buildings also want to create a small green corner for relaxation when spring comes. The stylish green balcony with some plants not only brings inner joy and gives some peace after a long day of work, but also improves the aesthetic appearance of the building itself and upgrade the microclimate in the room, as the plants reduce the penetration of dust inside and slightly protect from street noise. However, there are many questions about the plants, maintenance, and equipment. Everything is easier than you think, so keep calm and start to create your little urban garden.
Pots and Plants
Various ordinary pots and special flowerpots can be used to form compositions outside. Choose the material you like from plastic trays, modern plastic trays with hydroponics, wicker baskets, metal, ceramic or quality plastic pots. The most important thing is to hang them safely and firmly so that they do not cause any danger to other people.
When choosing flowers, it is very important which direction the balcony is oriented. The range of plants also depends on this. If the balcony is to the east or north, it is advisable to choose plants that are not blooming a lot. If it is directed to the south or west side, then it is possible to plant many blooming plants. You can create the composition you like but it is recommended to mix green plants and flowers to achieve the best effect.
Popular balcony plants that do not require a lot of attention are fluctuating geraniums, chlorophylls, lobelia, thunbergia. It is also very popular to grow herbs, spices, and even small vegetables in balconies. Thyme or mint can be planted as background plants. They have nice leaves, smell good, and provide benefits.
Planting and Care
The plants should be watered an hour before planting, so that the roots stick better to the ground. There should be holes in the bottom of the flowerpot to allow water to run out and the plant not to rot. Drainage is necessary, and you can buy it or make it from larger gravel or expanded clay. Expanded clay is better suited because it is lighter. The planting pot should be filled with a soil mixture or peat substrate for growing flowers. The surface of the ground after planting the plants should be 2–4 cm below the edge of the pot, then water does not flow through the edges. Add slow-dissolving fertilizers and moisture-absorbing mixture to the ground.
Plant on a cool day or evening. After planting, it is necessary to add enough water and protect the composition from direct sunlight for several days to allow all plants to adapt. Make sure that the roots all fill the ground and are not folded while you are planting. When attaching a hanging pot, estimate its weight and make sure it will not fall down.
The plants should be fertilized 14 days after planting and every 10-15 days later. Suitable for complex fertilizers with higher phosphorus and potassium content. Take off the dead flowers every day so that the new flowers could bloom, and the plants remain decorative for longer time.