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Fancy a Green Balcony Garden in your Apartment ?

In the bustling city of Dubai, where skyscrapers are dominating and urban living is the norm, finding green spaces is comforting. However, for people living in apartments, creating a balcony garden can be a rewarding way to connect with nature, reduce stress, and add a touch of greenery to their living spaces.

Let's explore how we can go about starting a balcony garden in your Al Ghurair Properties’ apartments, from choosing the right plants to maximizing your space and dealing with the unique challenges of gardening in a desert climate.

Embrace the Sub (sort of)

Dubai’s climate presents a unique challenge for balcony gardeners. The relentless sunshine and scorching temperatures can be brutal for most plants. But fear not, there are ways to work with nature, not against it. The key? Understanding Sun Exposure.

  • Sun Seekers vs Shade Dwellers. Begin with identifying how much sun your balcony gets. South-facing balconies get the most direct sun, while north-facing ones receive less. Choose plants based on their sun preferences. Sun-loving herbs like rosemary, and thyme thrive in full sun, while leafy greens like lettuce prefer partial shade.

  • Taming the Rays: For sun-drenched balconies, you can consider installing retractable shade sails or having a temporary canopy installed. These provide the much-required protection during peak heat hours. Grouping plants strategically can also create shade for each other.

Choosing the Right Place

The key to a successful balcony garden lies in selecting plants that can handle Dubai’s harsh environment. Here are some desert-friendly heroes.

  • Succulents & Cacti. These low-maintenance wonders are drought-tolerant champions. Aloe vera, jade plant, and prickly pear cactus add a touch of desert chic and require minimal watering.

  • Herbs. Fresh herbs are a fantastic way to elevate your home cooking. Mint, basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme thrive in pots with good drainage and regular watering.

  • Vines & Climbers. Vertical gardening maximizes space. Climbing nasturtiums, passionflowers, and bougainvillea add pops of color and create a lush vertical wall.

  • Fruits & Vegetables. Some vegetables can handle Dubai’s heat! Cherry tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants can flourish in containers with proper care.

Planting Power: Choosing Containers & Soil

  • Container Selection. Lightweight plastic or terracotta pots are ideal. Choose a size appropriate for your plant and ensure it has drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.

  • Soil Matters. Invest in a high-quality, well-draining potting mix. Look for mixes specifically designed for container gardens or desert environments. Adding organic matter like compost can improve moisture retention.

Water Wisely

Water is life, especially in a hot climate. However, overwatering is a common mistake for beginners.

  • Know Your Plants. Different plants have different watering needs. Research your specific plants to determine the frequency and amount of water required.

  • Finger Test. Before watering, stick your finger into the soil. If the top inch is dry, it's time to water. Water deeply until excess water flows out of the drainage holes.

  • Morning Magic. Water your plants in the morning when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.

  • Beat the Heat: Keeping Your Plants Happy

  • Mulch it Up. Apply a layer of organic mulch (wood chips, bark, etc) around your plants to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

  • Group Therapy. Grouping plants helps create a microclimate, increasing humidity and reducing water loss.

  • Fertilize for Success. Use a balanced fertilizer specifically formulated for container plants during the growing season. Follow the instructions carefully to avoid over-fertilization.

  • Beyond the Basics: Adding Flair to Your Balcony Oasis

  • Vertical Greenery. Utilize wall space by installing hanging planters or vertical garden systems for herbs, small flowers, or vining plants.

  • Lighting Magic. String lights or solar-powered lanterns add a touch of ambiance and extend your enjoyment to evenings.

What We Recommend

Embrace the low-maintenance charm of succulents and cacti like aloe vera and jade plants. For a touch of flavor, add sun-loving herbs such as rosemary and thyme. Leafy vegetables like lettuce can thrive in partial shade, while vertical space can be adorned with climbing nasturtiums or vibrantly colored bougainvillea. Experiment with cherry tomatoes, peppers, green chilies, and eggplants. For a dash of color and beauty, try bougainvillea, desert rose, ixora, and periwinkles.

Gardening is a journey of learning and experimentation. Don’t be discouraged if a plant doesn’t thrive. Adjust your approach, experiment with different varieties, and most importantly, have fun! With a little knowledge and dedication, you can transform your balcony into a vibrant refuge.

Let's work towards having more green garden balconies in your Al Ghurair Properties’ apartments.

Happy Gardening!



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