Urban gardening - Knowledgebase Question

Chicago, IL (Zone 5B)
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Question by christaloba
July 12, 2005
What types of plants/seeds are good for urban environments? I live in a downtown high-rise and can only grow window plants.

Answer from NGA
July 12, 2005
Windowsill plants can be very rewarding. For best results you will need to select plants suited to the amount of light coming in the window -- typically a southern or western exposure is very hot and sunny while an eastern exposure is fairly gentle bright light. A northern window tends to have bright but indirect light. For a south or west window you might look at sun loving plants such as geranium, jade plant, or cactus. For a northern exposure you might look at ferns, English ivy, or draceana. The eastern window is very amenable for most plants, including African violets. You might want to look at a book or two about houseplants to obtain some general care information as well as more specific plant suggestions. One I particularly like because it is straightforward and very practical is "Houseplants for Dummies" by Larry Hodgson -- it even includes suggested plant lists to help you get started. Enjoy your new plants!

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