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You have certainly squeezed a lot of plants into a very small space. So if there any space left for you to walk or has your garden completely taken over your balcony?

I thought the same thing. I think the OP's balcony garden is absolutely gorgeous, but the weather in Florida where I live is so nice (most of the time) that I would have to leave at least enough room for 2 chairs so my daughter and I could sit outside.

I found this photo on Pinterest and I would want to do something like this ,which is balanced between plants and seating.

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I love OP's balcony garden, it's gorgeous, but I feel like I would want to leave just enough room to sit outside and set my drink down, I wouldn't want the whole balcony to be plants.
 
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Becky, Poinsettias don't need much effort. I just stick some stems ( from those plants you see in the pictures) into little containers with soil and wormy compost and let them grow.. I have about ten little pots now on my window sill... these are decorated with silver wrap and ribbons and given to my friends at Christmas.. They make the easiest and most colorful Christmas gifts... a few years ago when I had more space.. i would sell these plants.. they are quite expensive here.. so I made quite a bit of money at Christmas time... :)


Looking back at the start of this thread and seeing your pix, I was going to ask you about your poinsettias as well. Do you have to cover them or move them to a cooler location to get them to bloom? I am seeing new leaves on all of mine, including the ones I rescued from the side of the road, which is encouraging.

The one I saved from the office Xmas before last survived the first year, but the leaves are really small. I've been giving it coffee grinds and coffee water and I know I need to transplant it.
 
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Looking back at the start of this thread and seeing your pix, I was going to ask you about your poinsettias as well. Do you have to cover them or move them to a cooler location to get them to bloom? I am seeing new leaves on all of mine, including the ones I rescued from the side of the road, which is encouraging.

The one I saved from the office Xmas before last survived the first year, but the leaves are really small. I've been giving it coffee grinds and coffee water and I know I need to transplant it.
They bloom naturally in winter.. but if you want to force bloom it then you need to leave it in a cool dark place exposing it toi just four or five hours of sun each day.
Chanell, a small tip her.. if you give your poinsettias coffee ground I notice that the color becomes dull during the blooming period. I do not know if there is any science to support my observation , but this is what I have noticed over the years,
This plant grows naturally in sunny location, especially in the wild forested regions of the tropics. They do excellently here. You may need to give them some leaf mold/ or compost to have healthier and bigger leaves.
I bigger container would also do the plant some good.
 
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Chanell, a small tip her.. if you give your poinsettias coffee ground I notice that the color becomes dull during the blooming period... You may need to give them some leaf mold/ or compost to have healthier and bigger leaves.
I bigger container would also do the plant some good.

I need to start collecting leaves and making leaf mold. I have been procrastinating about this for several weeks now. Also, I read that putting pine needles in the bottom of the new pot when transplanting poinsettia was a good idea. Just need to get larger containers for all of them.
 
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Wow, Mddie! You have so many plants in such a small place! :) It looks nice! I still have a large collection of plants in a very small place (some with my mom). I'm hoping in my new house I'll have more space, because my plants are producing more and more cuttings! I feel bad throwing away cuttings!
 
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@Trellum, thanks for reviving this thread! It gives me an idea about what to do with some plants I need to relocate in my yard. I have a small paved area I have been gradually mustering plants in because it gets partial shade, and putting the plants on metal risers would like the ones Maddie uses might help me solve a space problem.
 
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