Some people believe that indoor gardening is a frustrating venture with very little probability for success. However, this is not the case. With the necessary secrets, even the thought of a dying plant will never cross your mind.
- The position
Just like any other serious venture, the positioning of your indoor garden will be very important. Experiment with potted plants until you find the best spot to garden indoors. Even the most ridiculous locations such as bathrooms could be ideal for some plants such as ferns due to the high humidity. Avoid placing plants near draughty positions such as air conditioning outlets as this will interfere with their transpiration. To ensure that the transpiration is the same as that of their natural environment, use a misting bottle especially if the room has air conditioning. Misting water should be at room temperature.
Some plants could be very adorable, small, and ideal for indoors only before they grow into their full potential. Giant plants are not ideal for the living-room.
- Windows facing a North direction
Every plant requires some sunlight for photosynthesis and other chemical processes. Ensure that the light intensity is not too much to burn the leaves. If the sunlight is too much for the indoor plant, move the plant further away from the windows.
- Water the entire plant
Watering the soil directly may lead to water-logging. Cooling is also vital for some plant varieties. Ensure that the pots have drainage holes at the bottom.
Only water your plants when the potting mixture looks and feels dry when a finger is inserted. Due to the absence of sun-heat that evaporates excess water, overwatering is by far the main cause of indoor plant death.
- Some pampering won’t hurt
Take some time to prune diseased, old leaves and stems from your plants. A pair of scissors or a sharp knife will do the trick. Turn your mature plants regularly to ensure that every part has a taste of direct sunlight. Turning younger plants would result in crooked stems.
Occasionally treat your plants with some liquid fertilizer. Excessive fertilizers could be toxic to the plant. Introducing some worms to the plant’s potting mixture is good for soil aeration and water infiltration into the soil. The organisms will also add to the humus content when they die and decompose.
Although weeds are rare, they might appear especially if your seeds had been contaminated. Carefully uproot the weeds to avoid damaging the roots of your plants.