Indoor Gardening Briefly – What To Keep In Mind Before Start?

Are you tired of having to water your outdoor garden and are looking to have some greenery indoors? Or, maybe it’s winter, and outdoor gardening is way too tricky. Well, you’re in luck. Indoor gardening is a trend that has taken the world by storm. With more information available on how to maintain plants indoors, it is becoming easier to have your indoor garden. There are some things you need to consider before deciding to start growing plants and vegetables indoors.

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Here, we’ve covered a few of the things that you should consider when creating your indoor garden.

How Much Space Your Indoor Garden Needs?

An indoor garden will take up as much space as you are willing to give it. You can grow a few different kinds of plants on a table or windowsill. But, if you are more dedicated, you might want to set up a bench or a table for your garden.

Shelves give a lot of planting room and take up less space. If you use shelves, ensure that adequate light reaches all your plants.

Light

Light is a fundamental part of photosynthesis, even in indoor gardening. Without the right amount of light, the plant won’t grow to its full potential.

There are some things to consider when buying a grow light.

  • Plants contain photoreceptors that need to absorb specific light wavelengths. Your light should have similar wavelengths as the sun, which means that a regular bulb won’t work.
  • There should always be enough sunlight for the plant to grow without burning it.
  • Most plants do best with 14-16 hours of light.
  • A hormone “florigen” controls flowering and budding. Long day plants need over 14 hours of light to produce the appropriate amount of florigen to reproduce. Shorter ones need somewhere between 10-13 hours.

Choosing a Grow Light

There are many different grow light types, and deciding which one is best for your indoor garden is confusing. The following should aid your decision:

  • Fluorescent Lights are inexpensive and are best for growing plants that don’t need a lot of light. They are not suitable for plants that are flowering or budding.
  • The recent Compact Fluorescent Systems are quite efficient and bright. But, they can be used for all plants. They also produce less heat and can hence be placed very close to the plant.
  • Incandescent Lamps are not expensive, but they are not ideal for an indoor garden.
  • High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Bulbs are perhaps the most efficient and brightest lights available, but they are expensive.

RECOMMENDED GROW LIGHT TYPE?

We went through the four most popular grow light types used in indoor gardening, but my top recommendation still are full-spectrum LEDs. Why’s that? I suggest you’ll take a look at our article – Full Spectrum Led Grow Lights – The No. 1 Grow Light Solution.

Temperature

Temperatures between 65-75°F are suitable for many plants. Ten degrees up or down the mentioned temperature is alright. Plants that are given too much heat will be weak and small. Plants grown temperatures that are too cold might have yellow leaves that fall off.

Growing Medium

A suitable planting medium is excellent for indoor gardens— soil found outside is not good enough given that it might be too heavy or be infested with pests or have weed seeds. Instead, look for a mix that is made for the indoor plants you are growing. An excellent growing medium remains loose and drains well, yet contains enough organic matter to hold moisture and nutrients.

Plant Selection

About anything can be grown indoors given that it doesn’t get too big. But, it’s always better to grow plants with similar humidity, light, and watering needs.

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