Important to check
Be aware that as different buildings have their own scheme for OHS issues. Please check first before you proceed with any steps in extending space on a balcony or hanging plants outside of your balcony.
More and more people are living in apartments and units instead of a house with a yard and a garden. Especially if you are living somewhere close to the town, the chance of having a yard will be less. As such, if you still want to get a space for growing vine plants, is it getting harder?
Quite a lot people are thinking of growing plants on a balcony or a small space at home which is facing the sun. Therefore, as the space and environment is restricted, just follow the steps below.
Two types of bamboo platform
There are two bamboo platform types that we are going to build. It depends on your vine plant to be placed next to the railing with one side or two side connecting with.
1. The Bamboo platform connect to one side of railing
Firstly, draw the architecture of the platform on a piece of paper to give yourself an idea of how many pieces of bamboo you will need to create the platform. Or what kind of structure is able to support your vine plant.
For instance, I am going to place a dragon fruit next to one side of a railing. It’s not a very heavy plant, but I would like to make it stronger for the future. If it starts having some fruit on it, it could add some weight in the future. Therefore, from the side view, I designed the three poles for supporting the extending bamboo platform (see picture-1 side view).
From picture-1, there are four light brown poles which is an option for making a strong platform. If your plants are lighter or you are beginning to grow a small plant. You can wait till the plant is bigger or growing fruit, then you can add more bamboos on.
1-1 Start to build it
Let’s start establishing the platform. You will need to measure what is the right size of platform for hanging on your balcony. According to my needs, it is 70 cm wide and 60 cm deep.
After that, tight the bamboo frame well with the green twist tie. Also check that the frame shape is equal on both sides.
You are able to move the bamboo platform on the balcony, and tighten the triangle to the end of the poles tightly on the fence railing with rope.
Consequently, add a pole from the center top of the triangle to connect back to railing of the balcony.
Following, add another pole into the center of triangle platform. After that, make sure the shape of the triangle is equally shaped on both sides and is tight.
1-2 Move the plant and tie it well with the platform
Ultimately, move your plant next to the bamboo platform. Tie some thicker branches of the plant to the platform together. Prevent strong winds that might break them off.
In addition to, you are able to add more bamboo poles into the triangle platform to make it stronger or bigger when it will be needed. It depends on the size of plants you are growing and the weight of the fruit the plants are generating.
2. The bamboo platform connect to two sides railing
If you decide to place the vine plane at the corner of the balcony, you might be able to build this type of bamboo platform. The benefit of building this type is that, there are two side railings to support the bamboo platform. This way will make the platform stronger without adding another pole from the center top back to railing of the balcony (see picture-5).
2-1 Start to build it
When you are ready to build, get a piece of paper to draw the architecture of the platform and estimate the size and structure of it. Also think about how large and the weight of the plants that you are going to grow. If the plant is a light and small one, you are able to build a simple structure as picture-9. At this point, you are able to guild the plant to grow toward the left hand side. In fact, it’s according to the situation that you have designed the direction of the extending platform.
From my case, I established the platform 80 cm wide and 60 cm deep for this type of simple bamboo platform. When you are structuring the platform, place it to be one up and next one down (see picture-2). It will be the idea to weave the bamboo to make a stronger platform. After that, tie the bamboo frame well with the green twist tie. Also check the frame shape is equal on both sides.
If you want to extend the platform wider and stronger, you are able to build the size as below. Add more bamboo as light brown structure with one up and next one down to weave the bamboo structure (see picture-2).
Tie the bamboo platform on both sides of the railing on the balcony correctly with rope.
it is suggested that you should check that the strong wind won’t blow the platform away before you place any plants on it. If it will be needed, you still can add another pole to the platform and connect it back to the railing of balcony (see picture-5).
2-2 Move the plant and tie it well to the platform
Finally, you are able to place your plant on the bamboo platform. Tie some thicker branches to the platform together to prevent strong winds breaking them off.