1. Q: I've recently seen some spectacular Pentas varieties advertised here and there and I would like to grow some for myself. Here's the problem, I live in an apartment with a nice balcony, with good a.m. - mid-may sun, so would it be possible to grow Pentas in a container. I've found nothing to say yes or no on Pentas as a container plant.

A: Pentas can be easily grown in containers and will tolerate a moderate amount of shade which you describe that you have. Just remember to use a loose potting mix and incorporate Osmocote Slow-Release fertilizer into the mix. Also, water with a water soluble fertilizer every week or 10 days. You might have to trim the pentas back periodically to avoid leggy growth. Enjoy your pentas; they are wonderful hummingbird and butterfly plants.

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