If you are planning on growing an indoor garden, this guide to successful indoor gardening will benefit you. Indoor gardens are becoming a trend. Not only are they more comfortable to look after and are more convenient than a conventional outdoor garden. But, they also provide your home with a much-needed touch of greenery.
Getting Your Indoor Garden Started
1. Pick The Right Sized Container Or Pot
You will need to decide the container’s size as that will influence the size of the plant. Plants in small pots don’t die, but most of them will not come to full maturity, so there will be no point in growing them. Small pots also dry out faster.
It’s also essential that the pot you select has a drainage hole(s) so the excess water can flow through the soil. If you choose one without holes, you can improve drainage if you add pebbles to the bottom of the pot before adding the soil.
By the way, if you are living in a small apartment, you might want to place your pots into macrame plant hangers. They are excellent space savers allowing you to include indoor plants into your home decor. To know how to make them or where to buy them, check out our article – Macrame Plant Hangers: Why Place Your Plants In Them?
2. Get Soil To The Pot(s)
A soil mix that is suitable for your plant will drain well while retaining moisture. It would be best if you went for organic potting soil mixes from small regional companies. Also, look for a bag that includes a blend of bark or compost. They add texture and richness to the soil and also help in retaining moisture.
All plants need light for growth, although some grow well without it. Edible plants are considered to be sun-lovers and require somewhere between 4 to 12 hours of direct sunlight.
The best plants you can grow in your indoor garden are mint, basil, and scallions; all of them do well in a limited light environment.
Tips On Maintaining A Successful Indoor Garden
1. Less Water
A good thing to keep in mind is that indoor plants need less water during the winter, and you risk killing your plant if you over-water it. Plant roots need to get air, so remember NOT to overwater them.
Check if there is water before you begin watering. The soil needs to be dry about 2 inches (about 5 cm) down from the surface. Water the plant, then let it drain out of the pot’s bottom into a bucket or a sink.
2. Reduce The Amount Of Fertilizer
During the winter, it’s easier to maintain a successful indoor garden because plants are dormant and don’t need this artificial boost to help them grow.
3. Increase Humidity
To fight the dry indoor air, put pebbles or rocks in dishes, and fill them with water. Make sure that the bottom of the pot isn’t in the water or touching it. Group together plants or run a humidifier to increase humidity.
4. Cut Away The Old Growth
Late winter is the right time to prune your indoor plants. They may have become leggy, but you want to cut away the old and encourage the new growth.
5. “Refresh” The Soil
Refreshing the soil is essential. To do this, you’ll need to remove your plant from its pot, trim its root ball back, and place it in a cleaner container/pot (of the same size) with fresh potting soil.
To find instructions on how to do this, take a look at this article on SFGATE.
We hope this guide to successful indoor gardening will help you.