So many of you ask what right plant for balcony, how much sun/day light does this require? how much moisture and water ? Here’s a quick list of plants and conditions they need  which will help you choose and pick .

Flower plants Plants :

Good Container Flowers for Sun

  • Angelonia
  • African daisy (Arctotis)
  • Dahlia
  • Purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’)
  • Lantana
  • Verbena
  • Zinnia
  • Tuberous Begonia

Good Container Flowers for Shade

  • Fuchsia
  • Impatiens
  • Browallia
  • Torenia

Good, Colorful Foliage Plants for Sun and Shade

  • Caladium (shade)
  • Coleus (sun and shade, depending on variety)
  • Phormium (full sun to part shade)
  • Canna (full sun to part shade)
  • Ferns (various types, filtered sun to shade)
  • Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus, full sun/part shade)
  • Ornamental sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas, full sun/part shade)
  • Ornamental grass (various types, full sun)

Good Container Flowers for Sun and Shade

  • Twinspur (Diascia, full sun/part shade)
  • Mini petunia (Calibrachoa, full sun/part shade)
  • Nemesia (full sun/part shade)
  • Scaevola (full sun/part shade)
  • Salvia (Salvia guaranitica, full sun/part shade)

Note: Where only one name is listed, the botanical and common names are the same.

When gardening indoors it’s important to take into consideration the following points:

  1. Do I have the right light? Different pot plants thrive in different light, so make sure you tailor your indoor garden to the right lighting needs.
  2. Some plants are poisonous to animals (such as peace lilies) – so check these details about your chosen plants before bringing them into the home.
  3. Your plant’s needs. A lot of plants are seasonal, so your green thumb work needs to extend into the off-season. Make sure you have a clear understanding of what is required to care for your plant.

Tips on looking after indoor plants

Make sure you position pot plants around the home according to their necessary light levels and temperatures. Some plants thrive in the colder temperatures, whereas some need light.

Do not over-water your plants. While you think you might be doing them a favour, some pot plants only require a small amount of water and too much can drown them.

Be aware of the types of diseases your indoor plants can catch.

For example, indoor palms can catch mealy bugs. To avoid this, wipe down the palm leaves and spray a palm safe insecticide.

  1. Keep soil moist with regular but light watering. Keep a tray to catch any excess water below to avoid over-watering them.
Make sure your plants have the right air supply, especially if they are kept inside. They not only need fresh air to grow but it also helps reduce disease.
Fertilise every one to two months depending on your plant. Always make sure you have information about your plant as so many indoor plants vary.
  4. Keep an eye out for bugs. If you notice any bugs on your plants, remove them. Get rid of any dead leaves to prevent disease.
  5. Repot your plants every one to two years depending on how quickly they grow. This will help your plants thriving and growing.