The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on March 29, 1998 · Page 361
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 361

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t I : i uhrvupriutp i 32 'THE palm beach post residences advertising section n SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 Container gardening ideal for homes with little space ileHI By Julie Baldwin Davis If you're like many people who live in a condo, apartment or house with a small lot, you probably have little land. You may think that because of limited space, gardening is impossible. Don't despair: It's possible to grow plenty of plants by landscaping with containers. "As long as the container is large enough, you can grow just about any plant in a pot," said Harvey Foos, associate manager of Woblworth Garden Center in Palo Alto, Calif. Many shrubs, flowers and even vegetables thrive in close quarters. Not just a second choice to ground You have more control over plants in containers. If a plant is seasonal and only looks good at a certain time of the year, you can move it to the back of the house when it's not at its peak. , Hydrangeas, for instance, look wonderful in summer, but not the rest of the year and appear almost dead. gardening, container gardening actually has benefits over traditional growing methods. You have more control over plants in containers. If a plant is seasonal and only looks good at a certain time of the year, you can move it to the back of the house when it's not at its peak. Hydrangeas, for 4- !.- instance, look wonderful in summer, but go the rest of the year and appear almost dead. Containers are also great for plants that are sensitive to wind. txr "Some of the showiest and most spec u TTr i-! 4t' i ' r."f xir v.,..--' .... tacular of shrubs are azaleas," said Barbara Engberg, green-goods manager for Calloways in Santa Rosa, Calif. "There are many azalea varieties in nurseries that are great for containers." Look for hardy azalea hybrids from Oregon growers such as Girards, which range in color from reddish purple to pink rose, Engberg said. Or try the Kurume hybrids. A great type is the "I lino-crim son," which has showy scarlet flowers. If it's a more sun-tolerant azalea you want, the Southern Indica varieties are your best bet These come in everything from ma Now you can have the home you've always wanted in a great Jupiter location for the right price. Choose from 1 & 2-story designs featuring 3, 4 and 5 bedrooms, gated entry, community heated pool and 2-car garages. genta to white to reddish pink and often make great small patio trees. Camellias are another excellent con L tainer plant The Cjaponica hybrid "Coral Delight" produces a rich coral-pink profu sion of flowers, Engberg said. Or try other japonicas such as "Nuccio's PearL" which more even distribution. Or try using a salt shaker or seed tape. Plant carrot seeds one-eighth- to one-quarter-inch deep. To prevent the tiny seeds from washing away when watered or when the wind blows, cover them with newspaper first. Make sure the seeds remain moist, because drying will kill them. Carrots generally take one to three weeks to germinate. If you like fresh, tasty salads, grow lettuce in containers. It can be planted in hanging baskets on your patio or even grown in containers on your kitchen window. Lettuce can be planted from seed, or buy small plants in six-packs at the nursery. Plant lettuce seeds as you do carrot seeds, but don't bother soaking them. Lettuce seeds germinate in a week or less. Your container choice will depend on what you are planting. While a tree or shrub can be replanted into a large container as it grows, annual vegetables spend their entire lives in the same pot Pots should be large enough for the plant's roots at maturity. Use small containers for shallow-rooted plants such as annuals, lettuce, and short "dwarf carrots, and larger pots for artichokes and shrubs. If you have a lot of containers, which will make watering a chore, consider many of the new self-watering containers on the market They generally don't require watering for two to three weeks at a time. You also will need good soil never planting mix or dirt from the yard. For acid-loving plants such as azaleas and camellias, buy an azaleacamellia mix, which consists of a high-acid soil made especially for these plants. Artichokes like a potting mix of 5-10-10 or 5-10-5. When potting each plant, break up the root ball with your hand, Foos said. And plant it at the same level it was in its original container. Always plant seeds in moist soil and avoid washing away the seed when watering by misting with a spray bottle. Or place the pots in a container full of water and let them drink from the bottom up. Container plants need watering more frequently than their ground counterparts because they tend to dry out more quickly. Also keep in mind that drought-tolerant plants are no longer drought-resistant in containers. MwlK St Johns Chesapeake has white flowers with soft pink edging, or the white "Nuccio's Gem." There is also 83 9S 16 IS4 $179,594 119.3.313 $220,635 $212,860 32 4-2 12 4Loft 3 43 One Story Huge Family Room Creek Lot 3-Car Garage Immediate Immediate May April the popular "Kramer's Supreme," a deep red flower, which has something uncommon for camellias a slight fragrance. Vale ror sun areas, try pansies, kalanchoe, snapdragons, stock, Iceland poppies, and ornamental kale and cabbage. In shaded containers, try Schizanthus (poor man's New shopping is also nearby along with excellent Jupiter schools including an elementary school within walking distance. Beautiful beaches and the Gardens Mall are just a short drive away. "Vie are pledged to utilize our best efforts to achieve, maintain and enhance ethnic diversity in our community." orchid), primrose, cyclamen, forget-me-nots and cineraria. If it's vegetables you yearn to plant. many cool-weather types do really well in containers, especially carrots, lettuce and artichokes. Carrots thrive in containers because the soil is easily penetrated, en MAPLE LSLR abling the vegetables to grow very large and long. EFIGLE You can grow as many as 40 to 60 carrots in a whiskey barrel," Foos said. Before planting, prepare your carrot seeds by soaking them in hot water first This softens their thick hulls so they will germinate more readily. CaJJ: (561) 745-5050 for more information, fg1 Planting the seeds also takes care. Carrot seeds are tiny, brown and hard to see, which makes it easy to plant too many left H mi i Vf.lr ir. 9 irfi r firm it lixaf-.aicfw Juti it fn-Uff in one area. To help prevent this, mix the seeds with tand or vermimlite to get a

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