Reap the benefits of an indoor garden with these simple but important tips for growing healthy plants indoors…
There are lots of benefits to having some greenery in your home. In fact, some studies have found that indoor plants help to improve your mood and increase concentration and focus. They can also help clean the air in your home, which is especially good for your health in the winter months, when stagnant air can trap germs or fumes indoors.
Even better, growing edible plants indoors helps to reduce your carbon footprint and provide fresh food for your family! And gardening indoors makes it easier to control pests and diseases without resorting to chemical control methods. If you want to improve your sustainability, indoor gardening is a great way to go.
However, there are a few challenges to growing healthy plants indoors, so be sure to follow these simple tips for success:
1.) Choose the Right Lighting
Growing healthy plants depends a lot on choosing the right space for interior gardening. Pick a room with a lot of windows to ensure there is plenty of natural light. It is also advisable to place your container or hydroponic garden close to windows.
This way, your plants can receive the required amount of heat and sunlight needed for healthy growth. Avoid setting your indoor garden in cold rooms like the attic or garage. Cold temperatures slow growth and could even kill your plants.
2.) Pick the Right Plants
Selecting the right houseplants can be a challenge, but with a bit of research, you can make the right decision. Before you can pick a plant from the nursery, determine the amount of sunlight that reaches your growing area. For instance, if your house receives 4-6 hours of natural light, choose plants that thrive in high-lit areas. Consider indoor houseplants like the bird of paradise, fiddle leaf fig, jade plant, or a cactus, or edible herbs like thyme, mint, basil, and parsley. For low-lit areas, choose Ivy plants, golden pothos, or lucky bamboo.
Your gardening style will also influence your choice of indoor plants. For example, if you practice hydroponic gardening, you want to make sure your plants can thrive in water. Take some time to research indoor plants that do well in hydroponic systems. The best thing about water-grown plants is that they are easy to maintain, and they don’t require a lot of space.
3.) Provide Adequate Humidity
Although most indoor plants can tolerate dry air, they thrive better in higher humidity. Low humidity leads to leaf yellowing and curling, browning of leaf tips, and buds dropping. Plants can also become prone to pests and diseases if the air is too dry. For these reasons, commit to raising humidity around your indoor plants. You can achieve the best results by regular misting, growing plants together, or creating a humidity tray – or by growing them in the bathroom.
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