Have you considered making an indoor garden for your home? If you don't have much space outside to grow plants, it may be your best option. Maybe you just want to try it for the novelty of an indoor garden? Whatever your reason, we have some suggestions to get you started.
Create the Perfect Space
Before you can start growing a garden inside your home, you need to figure out where you are going to put it. Try to choose a place that gets plenty of sunshine during the day, like next to a window or glass door or out on a balcony.
Choose a spot in your home where the plants will not be disturbed. Inside pets can damage plants if they have access to them, so you may want to choose a room that your pets don’t have access to.
You also want to consider the smells the plants may give off. Not all the plants in your indoor garden may produce smells that you want to be in close contact to at certain times of the day. In other words, you probably want to put a little distance between your bedroom and the indoor garden, unless you choose plants with appealing scents.
Choose Appropriate Plants
Keep in mind that the sun won’t be able to reach the plants all day long, so choose plants that can survive on limited sunlight. Some plants can do fine with limited sunshine, whereas others will die quickly if they aren’t getting enough sunlight.
Also choose plants that are not dangerous to your indoor pets or children. Some plants are better left outdoors because of their toxins. You have more options for choosing plants for the garden if you have no kids or indoor pets, but be mindful of who you allow in your home and how they might interact with your plants.
Some people even have plant allergies, and while they might not manifest themselves when the plants are outside and there is lots of ventilation, the allergic reactions can be much stronger when the person is placed in a confined indoor space with the plant.
Even people who don’t have strong allergies can still feel unwell around plants that are growing in their home. You want to ensure that there is adequate ventilation around your plants so that small plants spores can get out of the home and not crowd your indoor space. Also set up a dehumidifier to help control the moisture levels in your home. Plants can create conditions in the home that are unhealthy for you or irritating to your sinuses, but having a dehumidifier set up near them can help keep the environment manageable for you.
Keep the Area Clean
Plants can make a mess as they grow. They may shed leaves and other parts. The dirt you use to surround their roots can make a mess and get into the carpet and under your furniture. Either clean regularly to keep your home neat and tidy or consider hiring a professional cleaning service periodically.
Plants will dirty up your home if you don’t stay on top of them. Trim plants as necessary, getting rid of unwanted growth or growth that is out of control. Get rid of dead and dying leaves, as well as other plants parts that are not healthy. You may need to sacrifice small parts of the plant that are unwell to keep the rest of the plant from getting sick. If you have kids or pets in the home, they can disturb the dirt around the plants and make a mess occasionally. You may want to set up fencing or shielding for the plants to keep the dirt in the planters. Consider using deep planters so you can put enough dirt in there without the dirt overflowing the planters.
Give Plants Room to Grow
Some plants will do okay when they live their entire lives in a small planter. Others will need a lot more space to grow and may quickly outgrow small planters. You may need to upgrade the storage space for your plants and move them to larger and larger planters as they expand. Be very careful about which plants you choose for your indoor garden, as some will need a lot of space and will take up a lot of space you may not be prepared to give them. Other plants can live very healthy lives when kept trim, small, and contained in the home in a small space. The plants you choose for your home may outgrow their original habitat. As you see them expand and you want to keep them indoors, you may want to prepare a second place for them where the larger plants can thrive and then keep a smaller space for the tinier plants and for new foliage.
Consider Your Lighting
The lighting for your plants is something you want to keep in mind. The way the light reacts to the plants and how the plants look with indoor lights may determine whether they're the kind of plants you want in your home. While something can look beautiful outdoors, it might not look as nice when placed under dim indoor lighting. Consider changing up your lighting to accommodate the plants and to bring out their beauty or choose plants that function well in your existing lighting.
This is an aspect of indoor gardening that a lot of people don’t give much thought to, but it can have a big impact on your home décor.
Give Your Plants Adequate Water
If you keep plants inside your home, then you will be solely responsible for how much water they receive. They won’t be getting any rainwater or dew, so you have to stay on top of their water needs, carefully monitoring them to make sure they are getting enough but also not drowning them with careless watering techniques.
Your indoor garden can flourish beautifully if you plan well and take good care of it. Hopefully, these tips will go a long way toward getting you started on creating a wonderful indoor garden.