Plants adapt to their environment inside and outdoors. Although certain plants require more care than others, many plants grow well in little plastic pots on a window sill or balcony. Container plants have more watering needs than plants in the garden. The up side to the small containers is they are easy to move for increased lighting or protection from the elements. Pruning keeps the plants small enough for a little container. It is important to remember the time will come when the plant needs more room and must be transplanted to a larger pot.
Cactus plants need more than sand to survive. The soil needed for healthy cactus plants is a mixture of sand, potting soil and perlite. Fill the pot with a quality cactus soil mix and make a well in the center for planting the cactus. Wearing gloves helps protect your hands while planting and caring for the cactus plants. Water generously after planting and refrain from watering again until the soil is dry. Keep the cactus plants in full sun for healthy growth.
Kitchen herbs grown in containers provide you with easy access to the savory plants for use in many dishes. Herbs require a quality potting soil, plenty of water and sunlight. Keep the herbs from becoming leggy or spindly by pinching the plants back every week or two. The best way to water the plants is to set the plastic pots in the sink and water with a slow stream of water. Allow the plants to sit and drain for at least 1/2 hour before putting the pots back in the window.
Dracaena sanderiana, also known as lucky bamboo, is a member of the lily family and not bamboo. Lucky bamboo needs indirect sunlight to avoid scorching the leaves. While the plant grows in water, lucky bamboo suffers from some of the added chemicals, like fluoride, in tap water. Use spring water or filtered water when watering the lucky bamboo. Add fertilizer every 3 to 4 weeks to supply the necessary nutrients for the plant.