A lot of people stick a fake tree in a corner, dust the leaves off every
week, and call it indoor gardening, but indoor gardening has grown into
much more than that lately. There are also a lot of people that think
plants belong and should stay inside, but there are many reasons for
starting an indoor garden. For instance, plants donít only remove carbon
dioxide from the air, they also remove many poisonous toxins and
pollutants as well. Indoor gardening will result in beautiful decoration
in your house as well as cleaner air.
When picking out plants for indoor gardening, make sure the plants are
adaptable and will be able to thrive in the conditions and setting in
your house. Consider how much time you will be able to spend caring for
the plants, how much light your house offers, and also how much money you
want to spend on your indoor garden. If you are on a low budget, start
with seeds or cuttings. If you have a little more money to dish out you
can buy a plant that is already grown. Another thing to consider is if
you want a plant that can be displayed all year or just for a season.
Herb gardens are a good thing for indoor gardening; they are both
attractive and edible. They will grow pretty quick and you wonít have to
wait a long time to see results. Some popular herbs, especially for
cooking, are chives, dill, sage, thyme, and oregano.
When indoor gardening, consider the amount of experience you have before
choosing a plant. There are some plants that are stronger and harder to
kill and therefore better for a novice gardener. Examples are Fatsia,
Cyperus, Scandens, Popular Succulents, Coleus, and Bromeliads.
Some things, such as the basic rules of maintaining plants, are different
in indoor gardening that in a regular outdoor setting. Since plants
wonít get the sunlight they do outdoors, lighting is essential. You need
to know exactly how much light your plants need and pick plants that only
need medium to low light, such as ferns or Philodendrons, unless you plan
to supply artificial lighting. If you buy a plant already grown,
wherever you get it probably has better lighting than your house so you
will need to ďconditionĒ your plant and gradually reduce the light it
receives. Once you get the plant inside, make sure and rotate the plant
to encourage upright growth.
Just because you are indoor gardening, donít think the plants donít have
to have water; they still do. How often you water, once again, depends
on what type of plant you have. Make sure the water can drain out of the
bottom of the pot and try to use water that is about the same as the
temperature of the room. Also pay attention to temperature in your house
in order to ensure healthy plants. A 10-15 degree range wonít hurt any
plants, but rapid changes could cause damage.
Indoor gardening is not all that difficult; in fact, it is pretty much
the same as outdoor. There are even some advantages to indoor gardening.
For example, you wonít have to worry as much about bugs and insects
bothering your plants. You also wonít have to worry about wind or frost
reeking havoc on your garden.