You used to be able to buy a fake tree, put it in a corner and keep the dust off the leaves and get away with calling it “indoor gardening“. But these days indoor gardening has evolved into so much more than that. Although a lot of people have the mindset that plants belong and should stay outside, there are still a lot of reasons you could consider starting with indoor gardening. Plants, for example, remove carbon dioxide from the air and they’ll even remove poisonous toxins and pollutants from the air. Besides giving you fresher air, they even serve as wonderful decorations!
Choosing Plants For Your Indoor Garden
When you go out and choose the plant you’re going to use for indoor gardening, make sure that the plant can adapt itself to new environments. And that it can survive in indoor environments. Also, consider how much time you can spend on your plants and how much light your house offers. As well as how much money you’re willing to spend on your indoor garden. If you’re on a low budget, the start off with seeds or cuttings. If you’ve got a tad more money, you can buy a maturing plant.
Something else worth thinking about is if you want to display the plant year round or just for a season. Herb gardens are a good thing for indoor gardening as they’re both attractive to look at and are delicious. Herbs grow quickly as well and you won’t have to wait a long time to see any results.
You should definitely consider the amount of experience you have before you choose a plant. Some plants are strong and hard to kill while others are fragile and need a delicate touch. The tough plants are therefore a better choice if you lack a lot of experience. Some examples of those plants include Fatsia, Scandens, and Bromeliads.
Indoor Garden Light
Basic rules of maintenance are slightly different when it comes to indoor gardening. Plants won’t get a lot of sunlight as they would when indoors, this means getting extra lighting. You also need to know how much light your garden will need and try to choose the ones that need the least amount of sunlight. Such as ferns or Philodendrons, unless of course, you opt for artificial lighting.
If you buy a plant that is already somewhat mature, it’ll probably be used to better lighting then the lighting you’ve got at home. Therefore you’ll need to condition the plant and gradually reduce the amount of light it receives. Once inside, rotate the plant regularly so that it will grow upright instead of towards the light.
You Still Need To Water Your Indoor Plants
Even though your plants are indoors, it doesn’t mean they’re from plastic so you’ll still need to water them. How often you do that depends on what type of plant you pick. Make sure though that the water can drain out of the bottom of the pot and opt to go for water that is the same temperature as the room. Which is also a thing to think about, room temperature. 10-15 degrees change range won’t hurt any plants, but rapid changes could and probably will cause damage.
As you can see, indoor gardening isn’t really that hard to do. It’s almost the same as outdoor gardening. And doing it indoor even has some advantages, like not having to worry about bugs or other pests eating your plants! No wind is going to trash your plants, nor is the frost going to get to them!