16 Tips to Create an Indoor Garden
Nearly everyone likes to live near greenery, but not everyone has access to large, beautiful gardens or outdoor space. Here are 16 tips that will help you create a beautiful indoor gardening space in your home.
1. Buy healthy plants
While you are choosing which plants to buy indoors, always go for plants having dark leaves. Plants having leaves from dark to medium green are considered healthy, unless you are especially buying plants having leaves of other colors.
2. Have a good quality watering can
One of the most necessary equipment you should have is a very good quality watering can. You should go for that sprinkle having small holes so that the water flow is soft and it also helps in preventing the over watering of the plants. Over watering can cause various problems such as rotting of roots.
3. Maintain the correct temperature
Every plant has different necessities when it comes about temperature. Some may need a higher temperature than normal while others grow well at normal room temperature. You should place them in the room in such a way that every plant remains closer to the exact temperature they need.
4. Proper sunlight
As the human body requires energy to function well, so do plants. They require sunlight in order to do photosynthesis to make their food. So it is very important to put them in such an area where they receive sufficient sunlight. In most of the cases, the southern or west facing window is good for sunlight.
5. Use fluorescent light
If your house lack windows or windows are not in direction to receive sufficient sunlight for plants, use fluorescent lights. Getting the proper amount of light is very important for plants as a deficiency in this can leave them unhealthy. You can also use LED lamps but use of glowing lamps is economical as well as effective.
6. Give it tropical feel
While we are planting indoors we need to keep various factors in our mind. One of such factor is humidity. As the plants that grow inside the room originally have a hot environment, they normally need high humidity. You can place lot of plants together such as to give more tropical feel and create more humidity.
7. Right amount of fertilizer
Apart from taking proper care of plants, it is also very necessary to provide proper nutrients from time to time. Every plant needs different types of fertilizer, depending on the species and season. It is also very necessary to not add all fertilizer at once instead add a little by little over time.
8. Use Proper Soil
While buying soil from the market, make sure it is the right type for your plants. Potting soil available in the market usually works for indoor gardening effectively.
9. Keep height in mind
While we are creating an indoor garden, you can only grow plants of a certain height. That’s why a dwarf garden proves to be an excellent choice while creating such a garden. The plants in its dwarf form often look more beautiful and are symbolic. For instance, flowers in their bonsai form bloom and motivate us to do better.
10. Do some research
It is necessary to do a thorough study of the plants we are planning to grow. For instance herb seeds need to be sown under double depth of soil while planting indoors than when planting outside.
11. Use Terracotta Pots
There are various types of pots available in markets to grow plants and while many of them are very fancy and beautiful, at the end clay ones are the best. The reason behind this is they provide good air exchange thanks to their porous surface.
12. Clean it out
You should clean your garden periodically. It is very essential for plant health. As the dust and dried leaves and residue can interfere with sunlight and gas exchange and can prevent plant growth. Those plants with thick, shiny leaves are meant to be cleared with a wet sponge.
13. Trimming & pruning
This is a very important step in indoor gardening. You prune your plant regularly for healthy growth and trim out dead leaves. Often dead leaves, especially in winter, gather together and become home for fungi and bacteria.
14. Right amount of moisture
The mistake that is often made while creating indoor gardens is overwatering of plants. You should be particularly careful about your soil. It shouldn’t be either too wet or dry. If the soil sticks to your knuckles while touching it then the soil is too wet, when touched, soil with adequate moisture should be crushed properly and massed.
15. Ensure Pots Have Drainage
Ideally the best pot that should be used for gardening is the one with a proper drainage system. Just as less water can leave our plants dry, similarly over watering can leave serious problems. So, you should always buy a pot or container with hole at the bottom and a proper drainage system.
16. Think about pets
If you have pets, please read carefully about the plants you are planning to plant in the garden. There are many plants out there which can be toxic for animals. For instance, people having cats should avoid begonias, lilies and nightshades.
Author’s bio –
Davina Claire is a content marketer who works for a digital marketing agency, Winalll, USA. She is also an active blogger who likes to write on different topics such as music, fashion, lifestyle, travel and various others.