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Question: i am looking to apply a few plants on my balcony for the season. can you sudgest something that is beautiful and convenient that wont create alot of pollen?

Answer: As a general guideline for allergy sufferers, colorful showy flowers, which are pollinated by insects and birds, produce less pollen than non-descript flowers (such as the long, narrow catkins on many trees), which are wind pollinated. Pollen blown about by the wind is smaller, lighter and more likely to end up in our nostrils. The pollen that insects favor is usually heavier, stickier and less likely to move far from the plant (unless it's on the back of a bee.) There is a fairly new book out called Allergy-Free Gardening by Thomas Leo Ogren. He has created an "allergy scale," listing plants by their potential to cause problems. That might be a good place for you to start. You'll also need to determine just how much sunshine your balcony receives and choose plants most adapted to those conditions. Best wishes with your balcony garden~

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