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Planting the north balcony - plants and care instructions for the shadow balcony presented

Planting the north balcony - plants and care instructions for the shadow balcony presented



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A horror for every gardener, but still not an insurmountable obstacle: if you have a north or shadow balcony, you don't have to do without blooming flowers.

North balconies have to get by without the sun

Instead of having their own garden, many people have a balcony, which they would also like to plant beautifully. The size of the balcony and its respective orientation are decisive for the selection of plants. As a rule, most of the balconies have a south, south-west or west orientation. This means that the sun shines here from noon. A much smaller proportion still has a south-east or east orientation (sun from morning to noon).

Pure north-facing balconies that do not need direct sunlight are rather rare. Anyone who has such a north-facing balcony and is also a passionate gardener is really punished. Because flowers that bloom beautifully on a south-facing balcony would die miserably on the north-facing balcony. After all, this is a shadow garden, which is why you should only populate it with shadow plants.

Suitable plants for the north balcony

  • Hardworking Lieschen / Edellieschen - undemanding, good growth, available in a wide variety of colors
  • fuchsia - shoots particularly well in high humidity
  • hydrangea - can be kept on a north balcony as a container plant
  • begonia - Bulbous begonia and hanging begonia thrive well in the shade
  • bellflower - does not like direct sunlight, hanging bluebells are suitable for window boxes
  • astilbe - perennial, robust, blooms in a constantly moist soil over a long period of time
  • boxwood - forms a beautiful contrast to the flowering plants on the north balcony
  • ferns - Perennial plants, also look very nice on a balcony

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Care instructions for the shadow balcony

Balcony plants that love shade do not differ much from conventional plants. Nevertheless, there are a few things to consider here.

➤ Pour:

Plants that have been planted on a shade balcony generally require much less water than plants that thrive on a sun balcony. You can tell on the ground whether a shade plant needs water or not. Just put your finger in it. If the earth is damp, you do not need to water it yet.

Important:
When watering the plants, you should take care that there is no waterlogging. The water does not evaporate so quickly on a north-facing balcony.

➤ Pluck withered flowers:

It is usually the case that with some plant species it promotes the re-formation of flowers when you pick the withered flowers. Since shade plants have a hard time developing fully, you should always pluck the withered flowers and leaves on all balcony plants.

➤ Wintering:

Almost all balcony plants must always be particularly well protected in the winter months. It is best to coat your plants with a garden fleece or with jute. You should also place tub plants on a polystyrene plate and cover the tub with a bubble wrap and then with a linen sack.