How to Have a Beautiful Indoor Garden
Vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and lettuce are a great fit for indoor gardening. You can even have a great Herb garden on your windowsill!
Here are some of the benefits of growing indoors:
- Indoor gardening allows you to grow year-round, especially useful for those in extreme cold or hot climates.
- Fruits and veggies that you grow inside have been shown to contain more vitamins and usually taste better than soil grown produce.
- Larger numbers of plants can be grown in small spaces because less space is required between plants. Most hydroponic growing systems can be adapted to fit in oddly-shaped areas, allowing greater flexibility.
- Eliminating soil reduces the risk of disease and drastically cuts water usage. Indoor hydroponic systems are usually easier to maintain than soil gardens because there is no soil prep work required.
- There are also health benefits because plants clean the air through utilizing the carbon dioxide and produce more oxygen in your home.
Here is some important information on how to care for your indoor plants to gain the optimum health and aesthetic benefits.
Most indoor plants need good lighting. You can provide this through natural lighting in the room of your choice or there must be electric lighting. Darker leaved plants usually don’t need as much light as others.
Here are the varieties of plants (usually those that only require medium to low light) that are known to be suitable for indoor gardening:
- Boston ferns
- African violets
- Creeping Fig
A common mistake most people make in indoor gardening is they tend to over-water the plants, which may lead to rotting roots. Make sure to research the type of plant you have, because each kind of plant varies on their watering needs.
Choose good quality and attractive container for your indoor plants. Make sure that the pot is clean before placing your new plant into it to prevent infection and to encourage healthy growth.
In indoor gardening, humidity is a big issue. The amount of moisture in the air has effect on the growth of the plants. During mornings, you could spray the plants with water for their much-needed moisture. Make sure the leaves don’t get covered in dust.
Just like watering, fertilizing depends on the type of plant. If you have managed to supply your indoor garden with the right amount of light, water and humidity, fertilization may not need much attention. A good indoor fertilizer can be bought from most home depot or hardware stores. Orchids need the special fertilizer available.
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