Re: What to buy for a hot/sunny/balcony

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Posted by Newt on May 19, 2003 at 21:53:48:

In Reply to: What to buy for a hot/sunny/balcony posted by Cris on May 09, 2003 at 13:08:40:

: I have a 5x20 foot balcony off of my livingroom. I mention this because the wall is all glass and you see the entire balcony from the main room. I am in northern Calif., the balcony faces west,in direct sun most all day and gets very warm.

: I want to grow something in a planter on a trelis. I want something that stays green year round, flowers a good deal of the year, is not messy. I am considering jasmine or plumbargo. Am I on the right track or do you have other suggestions?

: Also - I should tell you, I am noooo gardener! The poor thing needs to be hearty for more than one reason.
: I have this vision of two retangler planters on either side of my table, with green wrought iron trelis, arching over the table, covered with green climbing plant that flowers, but is not messy and can take the heat.

: Am I crazy or is this possible?
: Sounds lovely, doesn't it!

Hi Cris,

It's me again! :) I realize that I didn't answer your question about the plumbago and the jasmine. Actually, they would make a lovely combination. The only thing is fertilizing. If you fertilize vines, they will grow large and won't flower well. I live in Maryland in zone 7 and grow the cape plumbago in a pot in the winter in a bay window. I fertilize it with milk (yup, the stuff you use in your coffee) and it blooms on and off all year long. Just add a tablespoon to your watering can when you think of it or just fill the empty container with water when you've used up the milk. It has calcium and minerals that help with root development and bloom. You might want to consider the vines in the rectangular containers and the plumbago in round pots.

If you're a person who forgets to water, use fiberglass or plastic pots. Clay pots breathe and dry out quickly.

Hope this helped,
Newt

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