What can I plant? I live on a 2nd floor apartment...

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i LIVE ON THE 2ND FLOOR APARTMENT - FACING EAST, JUST A LITTLE TOWARDS NORTH......HAVE PLANTERS....NO DRAINING........WHAT CAN i PLANT? i SPENT $50 LAST YEAR AND THEY DIDN'T LAST A MONTH...i RUSH OUT AND COVER THE PLANTERS WHEN THE RAIN COMES.. EVEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.....HELP!



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  • Linda Linda on Feb 18, 2018
    I suggest having drain holes made with drill or make them into water garden with water lilies

  • V Smith V Smith on Feb 18, 2018
    If you add holes to your planters for drainage put a saucer under them to catch the water. Also look for plants that like full sun if you balcony doesn't have any shade. If your planters are ceramic and you are not comfortable drilling drain holes you can use a clay pot with a drain hole inside of ceramic planters, but you will need to empty out any accumulated water from rain and waterings.

  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Feb 18, 2018
    The plants need rain water, but they also need to drain. Do as Linda told you, also another way I do it is to put a layer of pebbles in the bottom of your planters, then keep the plants in the plastic pots you buy them in and set them down in the planters. Let them get the rain water (it's much better for them than out of the faucet), if you have too much rain, pour the excess out so the roots won't drown. I hope this also helps!

    • 7536271 7536271 on Feb 19, 2018
      This appears to be the best idea....can't drill holes like the others suggested, if you have the woman like I do living under me on the first floor..

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Feb 19, 2018
    I think it would be worth it for you to drill holes into your planters to allow for some drainage. Most plants appreciate and thrive with good drainage.

  • 7536271 7536271 on Feb 19, 2018
    You can't drill holes when you live ON THE SECOND FLOOR, poor drainage is why the don t grow!

  • V Smith V Smith on Feb 20, 2018
    There are not many plants that like having soggy roots. If you cannot let your planters drain then perhaps you could use taller planters and put something in the bottom (like half a brick) that would support and hide a more practical draining pot inside. You would to need to empty the water that catches in the bottom pot, but your plants would do better.

  • V Smith V Smith on Feb 21, 2018
    Some house plants that don't mind being in very moist soil are: lucky bamboo, maidenhair fern, and split leaf philodendron. You can bring your investment inside if you have winter weather where you live.