101 plants that do well in containers

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101 plants that do well in containers

Post: #50367 Andy Hamilton
Mon Mar 05, 2007 8:09 am

Well it is March and here in the UK we are thinking about the coming season and what to plant. This could be a useful thread for flat dwellers!

1. Most herbs - My sage has not faired too well in pots but parsley, corriander and chives have all done really well in the past.
2. Tomatoes - Not as big as the plants on the allotment but tomatoes in buckets do ok. Tumbling cherry tomatoes are best suited for containers.
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Post: #50377 Thomzo
Mon Mar 05, 2007 9:09 am

Having moved house so many times I am the container Queen. I just pick up my garden and take it with me. I've always had some outside space but this time I have a conservatory as well. So I have been experimenting with that. I know this thread is aimed at flat dwellers but if you have good light then some of these might work:

3. I got my lemon tree before I had the conservatory. It was fine on a sunny south facing window sill.

4. Sprouting seeds - a north facing window sill is fine.

5. I'm also growing lettuce, radish and beetroot on window sills at the moment for the salad leaves. Just have to keep turning them.

6. Aloe vera for it's medicinal properties.

7. I've also had reasonable success with potatoes in a bucket in the conservatory. Just watch out for aphids.

8. I hear you can grow strawberries indoors but never tried it.

9. The melons and cucumbers did well in the conservatory last year but might be a bit too boisterous for a flat. I don't know how much light they would need.
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Post: #50406 Millymollymandy
Mon Mar 05, 2007 11:15 am

10. Bay tree

11. Chillies

12. Capsicums (peppers)

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Post: #50416 wulf
Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:14 pm

I think "herbs" is a bit of a broad brush - we'll struggle to get to 101 without breaking it down a bit more.

I'll chip in:

13. Basil. This did really well last year in suspended containers. The tomatoes below failed miserably but the basil, with plenty of sun and out of easy reach of slugs and snails, was the most successful crop I've had of that herb.

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Post: #50419 Shirley
Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:35 pm

14. A Fig tree!
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Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:29 pm

15. Aubergines

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Post: #50433 red
Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:17 pm

Shirlz wrote:14. A Fig tree!
yeh fig trees do best in a pot as they need their roots confined to fruit well

16 mint - otherwise it takes over your garden.
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Post: #50684 the.fee.fairy
Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:02 pm

17. Parsley
18. Rosemary
19. Sage - mine faired better in pots that growing in the ground last year Andy!!

20. Strawberries - 've got mine in troughs this year.
21. lavender - another one that rambles if allowed. Also, my lavender that i put in the garden last year dies the one i've got in a pot is bushy and healthy looking.

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Post: #50686 the.fee.fairy
Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:08 pm

22. Coriander. I prefer putting this in a pot, it means that i can brush it and make the world smell buttery!

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Post: #50687 titch7069
Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:16 pm

tomatoes and basil grow well in a pot together, funnily enough they cook well together too!
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Post: #50718 cir3ngirl
Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:08 am

24 runner beans
25 peas

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Post: #50726 Millymollymandy
Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:43 am

I already said Chillies (no. 11) !! :mrgreen:

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Post: #50730 Tay
Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:59 am

26. Dwarf bush French beans do well in large containers.
27. Spring (salad) onions will do ok in pots.
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Post: #72063 MrsD'ville
Mon Sep 24, 2007 8:39 pm

28. Blueberries, according to me magazine. Quite tempted to try it actually as they're so gorgeous and so bloody hexpensive!

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Post: #72073 mrsflibble
Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:00 pm

29 aloe bloody veras. bloody triffids. I'm gonna need a bloody polytunnel at this rate :roll:
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