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What plants can I grow on my balcony?

Asked by nikipedia (27475points) August 15th, 2010

I have a south-facing balcony attached to my apartment. There are patches in the center of the balcony that seem to get a good amount of sun, but the edges are all shady.

Are there any plants or herbs I could realistically grow on it? The hardier the better; I have the opposite of a green thumb.

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aprilsimnel's avatar

Basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary are herbs you can grow. Ferns are good, too.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

I’ve had good luck with bell pepper plants on my back deck.

Your_Majesty's avatar

I have lots of cactus plants on my balcony. You don’t even need to water them if you live in warmer climate,but keep them inside your house in rainy days to prevent rotten roots.

marinelife's avatar

Impatiens are good in the shade.

Coloma's avatar

If your balcony has a lot of sun during the day you could put up a trellis in one corner and grow morning glory vines or other twiney vines ( Cardinal creeper, Thumbergia, or even jasmine for the scent. ) that would give a cool mini-jungle effect to a small confined space.

I am a vine addict, the crazier and more out of control the better! lol

KTWBE's avatar

Consider succulents. They take minimal effort: water it once a week, no pruning, no fuss. They like a lot of sunlight, but don’t mind if there’s not much. The biggest effort you’ll have to put into it is repotting your succulent once it’s happily overgrown its pot!

jazmina88's avatar

herbs
geraniums…
begonias

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