Balcony-Friendly Plants That You Can Easily Grow
by Beatrix Kang. |
More and more people are developing green thumbs and adding houseplants to their living places to spruce up their space and ensure a good flow of oxygen. However, not all houseplants are as easily maintained or cultivated, and they can even take up a lot of space. That being said, there are still plants that can easily be maintained even in small spaces. Here’s a list of plants that can be easily maintained and grown on a balcony.
1. Pothos Plants
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Otherwise known as the money plant or the devil’s ivy, pothos plants, from the arum plant family, are very hard to kill, and you will soon find that it does not take much for them to start sprouting too.
These sprawling plants tend to grow well in most climates, especially tropical ones, hence they do not require much energy to care for in Malaysia. Besides that, they also can grow in low light situations, and in fact, they thrive when there is no direct sunlight, which makes them the perfect indoor plant. Simply plant them in a sandy, peat moss mixture in a pot with good draining holes, or place pebbles at the bottom of your pot if it does not have holes to prevent root rot. Besides that, give them a spritz every alternate day or when you find that the topsoil is drying out, and you’re good to go.
You can also propagate these plants by cutting off a root section and planting it in a smaller pot, or leaving it in a bottle of water until it sprouts roots. Do remember to change the water every two to three days to prevent mosquito breeding and to ensure that the plant has sufficient oxygen in the water.
2. Rubber Plants
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The Ficus elastica, or otherwise known as the rubber tree, is a plant from the Moraceae family, which plants are primarily found in Southeast Asia. This means that this plant is pretty compatible with the climate of Southeast Asia, making it a relatively easy bigger plant to maintain, especially on balconies or indoors. Compared to most bigger plants, rubber plants do not require direct sunlight and actually grow best in the shade. Besides that, it also does not require constant watering, which is useful if you find yourself frequently forgetting to water your plants.
Plant your rubber plants in a well-draining and well-aerated soil, which usually consists of sand and bark. Besides that, remember to keep the soil of the plant moist instead of drowning it in water, which means spritzing the rubber plant with a spray bottle instead of pouring water into it. On top of that, you can also mist your leaves if you want your plant to have better receptiveness to sunlight.
3. Mother-in-Law-Tongue/Snake Plants
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Despite their sinister-sounding name, mother-in-law tongue or snake plants, which are mainly found in West Africa, make excellent houseplants, with their need for low light and little need for watering. Patterned with dark green or yellow stripes, they also look very nice in any environment, and can easily spruce up a room. Besides that, they also propagate very easily, and with re-potting their new sprouting leaves, you will soon find that these plants also make a very handy gift during the gift-giving season.
Snake plants require a more sandy base for their growth, hence, a cactus potting mix usually works well with snake plants. You should also water your snake plants every two to three days to prevent overwatering it. On top of that, you should also re-pot snake plants when you find that their roots are poking out from the bottom of the draining holes of the pot.
4. Aloe Vera
With a heritage from the tropical plant family of Asphodalae, Aloe Vera is a famed, low maintenance household plant, with its ability to grow on a desk and also sprout into a bigger plant once planted in a bigger pot. With a need for relatively low sunlight growing conditions and moist soil, they also fall under the low maintenance spectrum of plant care. On top of that, Aloe Vera gel is very helpful in treating burns and cuts, and it also has proven skincare benefits in moisturizing your skin and keeping it healthy and supple.
As a succulent, Aloe Vera generally does better in sandy conditions, but they also can grow well in garden soil. However, as usual, it is important to ensure good drainage in your pots, so pack your soil moderately, or layer pebbles at the bottom of the pot to prevent root rot. When it comes to watering your Aloe Vera, water them deeply, but not frequently. This means that you can water them every three weeks, but water them a lot in that one go.
Plants are nice to have, and gardening is a very good way to maintain self-care and have fun whilst doing it too. However, there is also an investment of your time and energy, so it is important to do your research before getting yourself a green buddy!
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