Watering potted Plants

I have two houseplants in tapered pots, not sure if they are clay or fibre pots, wider at top than bottom.  Is there a way to ascertain if the plant is  receiving  the  water and nutrients it needs?…

Fall mulch and fertilizer

what fertilizer and mulch to apply  to a) a garden on ground level, and b) to a roof top garden on the 9th floor.…

planting fall bulbs

Hi – is it feasible to plant tulips, daffodils, etc. in a planter, such a a half barrel, rather than in the ground? Will they be protected enough from the cold? What if the planters are stored for the winter…

blue berry bushes

Can a blueberry bush be overwintered outside in a pot in toronto?…

Dwarf Alberta spruce

Dwarf Alberta spruce. Can these trees be planted in a large, cut-off barrel as I don’t have the room for them to be put in the ground? We live in southeast Saskatchewan. They are about two feet in height now.…

Calla Lilies

Last spring I planted several calla lily bulbs in pots and had a lot of blooms. I wintered them over in soil in my basement. However, I think my basement is too warm and when I finally retreived the lilies…

Climbing rose bush

I have moved from a house to an apartment facing west in Toronto I transplanted a climbing rose bush into a large pot 16″ wide x 16″ high keeping the soil intact that it was growing in, in the garden.…

Flowering annuals for windy sw balcony?

Unfortunately I missed your sessions on balcony gardening. Could you please advise what types of flowers would be most likely to succeed on a small balcony near Islington and Bloor. My concern is that we frequently experience high gusty winds,…

Balcony gardening

We are moving from a house to 33rd floor of a Toronto apartment building with large east-facing balconies. I would like an “event” for something like this, including construction of sub-irrigation planters (plastic totes inside custom-made wooden planters), planter insulation…

To prune or not to prune solanum

Last fall, I brought in 2 solarum standards and placed them in a south facing patio door. About 9 weeks ago, they were not watered when I went away. Most of the leaves died. While all the main branches have…