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Old 14.11.2010, 11:13
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Balcony screening plants for winter?

Can anyone recommend decent-sized plants that won't cost an arm and a leg but will already be big enough to screen my balcony from the street, and will stay leafy over the winter - and stay outside when the temperature drops. The trees in front of my building have suddenly dumped all their leaves and I now find the queue at the bus-stop in the mornings directly in my line of sight and vice versa when I go out for my morning coffee and cigarette (see also recent post on staring...).

Obi have bamboo in big pots, which I think might work, but I'd need to split it up into a couple more pots to spread it out. Not an experienced gardener, so I don't know how it'll take to that? But the advantage of that is that Obi's close by and I have no car. Any top tips for where to go, what to get and how to get it home (i.e. delivery?) gratefully received.

The balcony's north west facing, gets sun in the afternoons only, and I'm in Basel.
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Re: Balcony screening plants for winter?

Answered my own question - Fargesia Asian Wonder at Obi, allegedly very frost hardy, and according to expert site can be split http://www.fargesiaheaven.com/propagation.html. Approx 70 CHF per large plant and they look pretty heavy - wonder if they'll let me borrow a trolley - they'll never know, surely, if I wheel it into the carpark and just keep going across the road? I do actually know people with cars who would help, just they'll want notice (entirely reasonably), and I'll want to get it NOW!!

Anyway, this thread has had a fair few views but no replies, which suggests I'm not the only one wondering about this! So, I'll give it a go and let you know...
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Re: Balcony screening plants for winter?

I'm fed up of cigeratte butts on my patch of balcony, the idea has cross my mind briefly though. Let us know how you get on.
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Re: Balcony screening plants for winter?

Finally got round to going to Obi to get them in December, nice little trolley to transport, etc. There they were, gone :-(. Guess I have to wait till Spring for them to restock :-((
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Re: Balcony screening plants for winter?

They're back in stock! I now have two very healthy looking Asian Wonder, which apparently can be split up easily, haven't tried yet. Reckon I can split each into 3 pots which will screen nicely but hopefully mean they won't cut out all the light. They are pretty tall already, so might end up screening my upstairs neighbour too... Plus Obi had some cheap stands on castors, so I can easily move them around if I need to. Will update if there's anything to tell after splitting, no news will be good news
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Re: Balcony screening plants for winter?

They're back in stock! I now have two very healthy looking fargesia Asian Wonder, which apparently can be split up easily, haven't tried yet. Reckon I can split each into 3 pots which will screen nicely but hopefully mean they won't cut out all the light. They are pretty tall already, so might end up screening my upstairs neighbour too... Plus Obi had some cheap stands on castors, so I can easily move them around if I need to. Will update if there's anything to tell after splitting, no news will be good news
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Re: Balcony screening plants for winter?

Reader, I killed them. Now my sister tells me, oh bamboo needs a lot of watering . And is very unforgiving - can't be revived. Also, word of warning to those who suffer from hay fever, stay well clear of dead bamboo. I don't get hay fever, but am feeling the effects.

So, been and bought one, small bamboo, for a quarter of the price of the others. Let's see if I can keep this one alive for longer than a fortnight before I invest in any more...
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Re: Balcony screening plants for winter?

yep, plants do need watering, surprise! I've given up buying plants for my eldest daughter - she is extremely intelligent, but just does not get this fact. Why not buy a roll of reed or bamboo and attach to balcony- will doe the job nicely without having to water, prune, or whatever
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Re: Balcony screening plants for winter?

Thanks Odile , yes I have had a garden before, but these are quite demanding it seems. Thanks for the suggestions, I have a feeling there's something in my contract about that kind of thing, but I'll have a look - it was really greenery I was looking for, but if it doesn't work, that may be an option.
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