smallest balcony ever

codyten(5 UT)June 25, 2005

My building manager calls my balcony a "Juliet balcony." It's about two feet wide and six feet long, just large enough to stand on. I'm on the 5th floor facing south so there's lots of sun, and I would like to have a container plant that can stay outdoors during the winter. Since the balcony is so narrow I can't have a large container, so does anybody have a suggestion for something that is small but hardy enough to leave outdoors over winter?

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DrHorticulture_(Z3 Central Saskatchewan)

As a thumb rule for a container, you'll have to get something that's hardy to Z4 or preferably, Z3 for your balcony.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2005 at 8:48AM
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Could you plant a little tree? Something evergreen, perhaps, that would be cool and green in the summer, that you could decorate with bird treats and lights in the winter!

While your balcony is pretty small, I don't know if it's the smallest ever. I've seen some that are simply a decorative railing nailed to the wall around a window!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2005 at 2:52PM
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codyten(5 UT)

Well, I went shopping yesterday and found the perfect solution. It's a Jean's Dilly Dwarf Alberta Spruce, a super cute little tree that works well in containers and is able to winter outside. There's even enough room in the pot to plant some small annuals during the summer!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2005 at 7:10PM
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Great minds think alike. I hope it does well for you!

    Bookmark   June 30, 2005 at 12:45PM
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That's just what I would have suggested. I know these Juliet balconies. They're a holdover from France, and you see them all over New Orleans. Good luck!


    Bookmark   July 1, 2005 at 12:58AM
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codyten(5 UT)

The tree looks great and I planted some petunias in the pot for some fun color as well. Yesterday I noticed some tiny bugs flying around. I don't know what they are, but I don't want the tree to have any pests. I have heard that marigolds are good things to deter pests. Any other suggestions to keep bugs away?

    Bookmark   July 1, 2005 at 2:36PM
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