Feb 4, 2013

My plants...

I have been excited about getting my balcony garden going since I bought the apartment.

It's been about 3 months now, and I don't think I'm doing too badly for someone with not so green thumbs.

I can't seem to get any of the twiners growing though.  I had a fern sort of a creeper, that died, and the latest unsuccessful attempt is the passion flower.

I'm think I'll give up on the idea of a twiner for now.  It's depressing to see two empty pots. I'll probably re pot one of the smaller ones into them soon.

As you see, the rest are not doing too badly.  There's a jasmine and a small rose plant which I hope will thrive.

the corner that gets the 4-6 (South -West facing) afternoon sun is doing ok... 
I'm trying to figure out how to put the hooks in the ceiling, so my moneyplant in the corner is still sitting on the bench there and growing real well.

I'm told I can't go wrong with a Dracaena which is this tall plant. 

Dracaena., even the tiny cutting at the bottom(next to the big stem) there has got a couple of new shoots. and at the far right is the wilted away Passion Flower twiner...:(

Two planter pots, on top is the African Violet and below the remaining Petunias.. Little direct sun from this end..

Problem is the flowering plants. I started out with a number of pots of petunias which died.. except for these remaining pink ones that are surviving due their proximity to the window. The ones on the inside died.  African Violets I'm told do not need much light so I hope these survive, they are a relatively new addition compared to the others.

I had a problem trying to remove the windows, hence the reduced area open to light, haven't given up on the idea yet.

It's only been a few months, I m impatient I suppose. I've got a couple of big plants outside the entrance door and I 'm thinking  I'd like to get some more.

Any green-thumbers out there, how about some advice...

I've been reading up on the indoor gardening bits, about special soils and fertilisers, there's a lot to learn.


  1. Ahhh!!! lovely!
    Thanks B M for sharing joy. Congratulations and u seem to be doing very well.
    And the only suggestion i can give is that if it pains u to see plants dying out on u then stay away from the colorful seasonal ones that require good amount of sunlight.
    If u r getting ur plants from a nursery then ask them for indoor plants that thrive well in indirect lighting.
    i can give u some names like philodendrons,Schefflera,Sensiveria,Syngonium...
    oh i can go on and on but for starters next time u visit the nursery ask for these. See if u like them and if the foliage pleases u then go for it.
    The first three of the four names i just mentioned are also natural air purifiers.
    Way to go girl!!

  2. You are doing exceptionally well! :-) I love your plants. I really do. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

  3. Plants are so wonderful, so full of life. Bet these beauties make your balcony a delightful retreat.

  4. Love those planter pots with the African Violet. Am trying to get those stands (for hanging the rectangular pots) but they don't have any like that here. I think I will have to get them fabricated. Your balcony garden looks real green and that too within 3 months. Hope to see more greenery with the money plant growing :-)

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  6. Hey,
    Was just wondering how u have been doing. Plants and otherwise. Silence gives me two mixed feelings. i just hope and wish all is just very well with you. :)


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