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Even a small balcony immersed in the chaos of the city can reserve pleasant surprises for those who want to have a green corner to relax and put their green thumb into action, the balcony is in fact a valid alternative, to create even if in miniature, a real green oasis.
Deciding to create a green corner on the balcony implies minimal botanical knowledge, but it can easily be within the reach of everyone, even the less experienced. To guarantee a successful trees, some tools are needed, such as the pallet, which is essential for transporting the soil and for repotting. The vases, an essential element for balcony trees, in fact the vase is the "place" where the tree will be placed, it is advisable to use terracotta pots that guarantee a good temperature range. Fundamental to the care of the terrace trees also scissors, useful for cutting dead branches and pruning plants to avoid excessive growth, finally a nebulizer and a watering can are indispensable for the growth of trees.
Before choosing the type of plant to be placed on our terrace it is right and proper to make a series of assessments, first of all to understand the capacity of the balcony itself, in fact there are balcony plants that grow quickly, reaching considerable sizes and therefore they need quite large pots, so it is advisable to understand the maximum weight that our balcony can support avoiding overloading it, causing damage to the structure. Another essential evaluation is the display of our terrace. Exposure is essential to guarantee a good growth of our plants, in fact it implies the presence of sun and therefore the type of plant suitable for such exposure, in fact some types of plants are not suitable for every type of terrace.
East facing balcony trees
If the terrace is exposed to the east it implies a not excessive exposure to the sun in the hours of the morning which then decreases normally during the day. In the summer period, ie in the period of maximum heat, the balcony does not overheat, for this reason the evergreen acidophilic plants are suitable, the most common are: the Camellia, the Skimmia.
The Camelia as well as giving a splendid and fragrant flowering in the spring period, is also an evergreen tree, in fact in the winter period it does not lose its leaves.
The Monkey is a shrub that grows up to a maximum of 80 centimeters, is spontaneous in the woods, has a luxuriant and beautiful vegetation with an erect and compact habit. The characteristic of this tree are the leaves, in fact they are dark green in color, vaguely reminiscent of leather and have a long oval shape, in spring they bloom filling with very fragrant white flowers in the shape of small stars.
Trees for balconies facing south
If the balcony is exposed to the south it implies direct exposure to the sun throughout the day, ideal for this type of exposure choose Mediterranean plants. Given the ideal exposure is also the choice of fruit trees such as mandarins and lemons; trees that prefer direct exposure to the sun.
Trees for balconies facing north or west
If the balcony is exposed to the north or to the west it implies a particular exposure, in fact it does not present direct sun but areas of shade and half shade, ideal for this type of exposure to choose plants that prefer little or the complete absence of light, like some evergreen shrubs that is the boxwood, the laurel and the vibumo.
Particular balcony trees
Very important to remember that in addition to the classic ornamental and flowering trees, on the balconies can be planted real vegetable gardens with aromatic and vegetable trees, in order to combine the useful and the pleasant. In nature there are real kitchen trees that lend themselves more to cultivation on a terrace such as rosemary, sage, lavender as well as the classic dwarf fruit trees such as pomegranate, peach trees and dwarf cherry trees. They are trees that have the same characteristics of the trees that we find in large gardens but obviously with a reduced proportion. Much importance must be given to the care of this species of dwarf trees, in fact they need to be watered and fertilized regularly and need bright areas, ideal is the exposure to South or East. The particularity of these kitchen trees for balconies is which allow us to have plants for which our climate is not ideal. In fact the fact that they live on balconies and therefore sheltered from atmospheric agents allow a good and healthy growth of the plant.