About This Course
The idea is to choose plants that have the same water requirements, the same temperature and light requirements and complement each other well.
Think of the fact that the fatter, more fleshy-leaved plant can store water better, so it takes it away from the smaller, thinner-leaved plant.
The whole point of the balcony box anyway, and one that many people don’t use, is to plant two rows of balcony boxes. Plant the ones you want to see standing up later in the back row. And in the front, at a slight angle, the plants that can fall over, because we are not looking for the balcony boxes, but for the unity of the composition.
The first thing to do is to choose very good quality soil. By this we mean that it should have good permeability, but also contain sufficient nutrients that can be replenished before planting. We mix long-degrading granules into the soil. And that’s what we’ll use to plant the balcony. First, put some soil underneath and then put the plants together.
Take the plant out of the pot by twisting it nice and loosely between your fingers and try to pull it out of the pot with small movements. If the root system is strong enough and won’t let go, loosen it a little bit and it will come out nicely, and then we’ll see if it’s viable. A little bit of pressure on the root system to loosen it up, and it’ll come up sooner. It’s the perfect pairing for, say, a back row view.
For a lot of people, we already say we’ve got a composition, but to make it look showy from our balcony box, which we’ll obviously see from below, we put in decomposing plants. In this case we put them in at a slightly tilted angle, to give way to our desire for them to grow in the right direction.
Try to pack the soil in by pressing it in nicely next to the existing plant. Not hard, not very tight, but evenly on all sides. It’s good to have a wide balcony box because you can put a relatively large amount of soil in it, so the plant has something to feed on. We usually bump it a bit and shake it around a bit and the soil will just settle. We also reach in between, but don’t push the plant down, just reach in next to the plant and tamp down the loose soil.
There, you’ve got your composition, which is very impressive.
If we want to do a little more decoration, because we can see it from our balcony, we can even decorate it with a little bit of clay granules, and we can just sprinkle it on and over the vegetation.
We always say that the first time you water the plant, you should soak it in well.
We don’t pour the water on the plant, but on the planting stones.
Imagine waking up to this in the morning, you’ve got a better start to the day.
Anyway, now that we’ve got a view, we’ve planted exactly the kind of plants that use a relatively large amount of water, but we shouldn’t overdo it.
Give as much water as the plant can take up but don’t let the water stand underneath.
Oh, and don’t forget to talk to the flowers! 🙂
The space available on your balcony may be limited in terms of width and length, but if you re-evaluate the situation from the point of view of economical use of space, you will already realize that there is quite a lot of free space vertically between the floor and the ceiling. You can use square grids and columns, but you can’t go with the appropriate, tasteful wooden screens either. For safety, you can also attach the structure to the wall, if this is possible. Even on both sides of your balcony, you can arrange the plants according to how well they can stand the sun or the shade. If, on the other hand, the goal is for the screen or grid covered with green vegetation to provide protection against the wind or the sun, the space must be designed accordingly – however, we cannot forget about secure fixing in this case either.