If you are a garden enthusiast relocating to an urban area, having an indoor garden can be fulfilling. Indoor gardening presents an ideal gardening option for people with limited or no garden space. In reality, indoor plants come with numerous advantages. Apart from complementing your interior design and lighting up your area, interior plants freshen the air in your apartment, creating a conducive homely environment.
They also take up minimal spaces and can blend in perfectly with balconies, window sills, and room corners. However, maintaining an indoor garden can be quite daunting, primarily if you are used to outdoor gardening. Below are some tips you should consider in creating your indoor garden.
Select Your Plants Wisely:
When creating an indoor garden, it is essential to choose Perennial plants wisely. Some plants may not do well indoors and, therefore, may amount to total waste and disappointments. Consequently, you should select plants that would not struggle to grow indoors. It’s also advisable to avoid plants that would take up much space, drop yellow, wilted leaves, or overly require too much attention. You obviously would want to live in a jungle! Plants such as Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema), snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata), and certain species of Dracaena pothos do well indoors, and you should consider them. In essence, you should be very selective when selecting houseplants.
Place Your Plants in Ideal Positions:
An important factor in indoor gardening is plant positioning. The way you position your plant will determine whether the plants will thrive or die altogether. When choosing an ideal space to position the plants, go for places receiving natural light and also avoid areas such as corridors that receive high traffic. Position plants in safe, reasonable spaces receiving natural light and away from human traffic.
Water Indoor Plants Properly:
The primary cause of indoor plants’ death or damage is improper watering. Under watering results in wilting, browning of the leaf tip, and loss of leaves while over watering results in the development of a fungal disease, which starts by attacking the root, eventually leading to root rot. It’s therefore vital to provide just the right amount of water to the plants to avoid damaging them. You can use a moisture meter or insert your finger in the soil to determine whether the plants require water.
Apply Organic Fertilizer:
For your Perennials and indoor plants to flourish, you ought to regularly apply organic fertilizer. Unlike outdoor plants, indoor plants may not experience the necessary nutrients which are essential for growth. Organic fertilizer supplies crucial nutrients making indoor plants bloom with life. Note that plants have diverse nutrient needs; therefore, you should apply organic fertilizer based on the nutrient requirement.
Keep an eye on indoor plants pests:
Indoor plant pests, notably spider mites, scale insects, and mealybugs, can destroy your highly valued indoor garden. You, therefore, need to continually keep an eye on the plants to identify pest infestation at very early stages. Check perforations on leave or stems, unusual substances on the leaf, or even the pest itself. If you establish pest infestation, immediately isolate the affected plant. You can always use pesticides or insecticides to fight off the pest infestation.
Living in an apartment should not hinder you from practicing your gardening hobby. It is possible to establish a flourishing garden indoor and satisfy your interest. The above tips can make indoor gardening less intimidating and more enjoyable.