Texas Blubonnets - Knowledgebase Question

Buffalo, NY
Question by JMJW01
March 29, 2000
Can I grow bluebonnets in a pot? I live in a private home apartment and would like to plant a few items such as bluebonnets and veggies but not necessarily leave them permanently here when my husband and I move in the future.
I'm interested in planting tomato plants, bluebonnets, chinese hibiscus, roses, onions, herbs such as oregano, basil, parsley, to name a few. I have 1 picture window that receives a tremendous amount of sun during the day for indoor plants. I have a sunny backyard and the front of the home has a great deal sun.
I am also limited in the amount of space that I can use to plant things.
What can you suggest based on my broad amount of info listed above. I did have a chinese hibiscus in the past and it did die on me. I did start to grow rose bush in a pot but left it behind in Texas when I moved back home to Buffalo NY. Had no more room for the other plants that I had taken back with me.

Thanks for all your help with my questions. I do have a file saved on disk on the above areas. Some started and need to add more to it.

Answer from NGA
March 29, 2000


It is possible to grow a very wide range of plants in containers but it does take consistent care to make them thrive, as well as being wise about selecting which variety to place in each type of location. With some planning, you should be able to grow everything on your list. Keep in mind that some plants such as basil and onions are annuals and only live for one year; this group would include most vegetables as well. Others, such as oregano and roses, are hardy and can be kept from one season to the next; these will withstand cold weather if their roots are protected from freezing. Still others are long lived in warm climates but will freeze to death if exposed to cold. This last group would include the tropical Chinese hibiscus. Since you are new to container gardening and have such a wide selection of plants you are interested in growing, you might want to take a look at a book or two about container plants. One I particularly lke is "Container Gardening for Dummies" by Bill Marken, ISBN 0-7645-5057-8, Dummy Press. In it you will find sections dealing with vegetables, flowers, herbs and even trees and shrubs! Have fun experimenting with your container garden!

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