Who says you can only have plants when you have a wide space outside? Of course there is such a thing as indoor gardening. You are very much allowed to grow plants right inside your home. In fact, there are a few species of plants that thrive better indoors. Read on and find more gardening tips for indoor settings.

Why Do It?

There are plenty of reasons why you should consider growing plants indoors. For starters, plants are decorative elements to any room. They can become interesting focal points that go with just about any motif there is and create the illusion of more space. Smaller plants may also be used to fill an otherwise empty space.

Having plants indoors offers health benefits as well. These can clean up the air around your house and even get rid of harmful pollutants. Indoor gardening also presents the opportunity to grow your own food. For passionate gardeners, growing plants indoors also means they can continue their hobby even during the winter months.

Starting Your Indoor Garden

One of the first things you should look into is the amount of space you have for your indoor garden. Plants need enough sunlight to grow so you want to place them near a window. Some windows are equipped with window seats so be sure to use these. See to it that there is enough floor space and the plants are spaced well apart as well.

Plants need consistent temperature to ensure proper growth. For indoor gardening, it is up to you

to regulate room temperature. Of course this is not a problem for warm climates at all. The important thing here is to protect your plants against cold drafts especially during the cold seasons.

The type of soil you plant in also affects the quality of your indoor garden. As with outdoor gardening, you may want to keep a stock of pebbles, compost and fertilizers as well. These can be found at the same garden supplies shop you know. Your goal should be to create where your plants have enough nutrients to develop.

Maintenance is also important for an indoor garden. Regular watering and attention are two of the most important thing here. Testing the soil for moisture content and overall quality is a good idea. Placing your pots over protective sheets is recommended to avoid scratching your floor. It also keeps leaking and staining in check.

Plants for Indoor Gardening

You will not find your choices for indoor plants lacking anytime soon. In choosing plants, consider its growing requirements and features. The good news is that most indoor plants are fairly easy to grow. Here are a few examples:

Pothos - This indoor plant is attractive with its heart-shaped and apple green leaves. It adapts well to bright conditions as well as low light. Even average temperatures, moisture and humus soil are its best friend.

Philodendron - Climbing varieties of this plant are popular indoor plants. It grows under just about any circumstances and handles a bit of neglect quite well. Climbing pole and hanging baskets add height to this plant.

Dracaena - Another great eye candy is this plant which is also known as corn plant. It grows tall foliage with red edges which look like corn stalks.

Spider Plant - Say indoor plant and this plant is one of the first to come to mind. They are easy to care for and can grow under a wide variety of conditions. Small spiderettes may be planted as well often hanging off the mother plant.

Fern - With enough care, ferns grow vigorously. Its unique texture offers aesthetic value. There are plenty of ferns to choose from and finding one should not be difficult.

Snake Plant - This plant has tough leaves shaped like swords which provide an interesting accent to any home decor. They even root easily in case a leaf breaks.

Christmas Cactus - This indoor plant is a great addition to any home but require a bit more effort. Effort is rewarded with beautiful and bright blossoms so it is well worth the shot.

Hibiscus - Similar to a Christmas cactus, the effort to taking care of this plant is also rewarded with profuse blossoms.

Try your hand at indoor gardening and see the difference for yourself.

Growing plants inside the house is an intriguing concept to most people. You should know that indoor gardening is something that is very close to reality. In fact, a lot of people consider it as a hobby. Some grow plants simply to enjoy the aesthetic value that they bring in. Of course there are plenty more reasons why a person starts getting into this activity.

An indoor garden is grown in a variety of locations. Buildings, conservatories and greenhouses are just a few examples. In some cases, these gardens may be used as part of cooling or heating systems. They play a minor role but they are important nonetheless.

Designing Your Garden

In theory, you can design your indoor garden in any manner you want. On the other hand, there are a few things you should consider to get the best results. As such, you want to do your homework first before getting into indoor gardening.

Let There Be Light

Plants need light to grow and this is one of the firsts things you need to settle for your garden. Sunlight will not do much for your indoor plants so you have to find another source. For this reason, you want to choose the best indoor lighting system for your plants. Take note that some plants do not require as much light as others.

Four types of indoor lighting are available to you. They are fluorescent, incandescent, light-emitting diodes (LED) and high-intensity discharge (HID). Each one provides a slightly different growing environment for plants. Some would suit more than others. It is best to do some research into which types of light works best for your indoor garden.

Other things you have to worry about are timing devices that automatically turn your lights on and off. Remember that plants need darkness as well.

Dirt on Soil

Despite what you may think, the soil used for indoor gardening is different from the soil on your backyard. In fact, it has no soil content at all. Instead, it contains a mixture of organic materials such as sand, peat and perlite orvermiculite to help with drainage. Others may have water-retaining crystals for reducing waterings. Slow-release fertilizer may also be added to feed a small plant for several months.

Special mixes are available for specific types of plants such as cacti and orchids as well. On the other hand, most plants will do just fine growing on normal commercial mixes.

Digging up for soil on the backyard is a big no-no. It may contain pests and diseases that could harm your plants. It may also be too heavy for small plants to grow in. Be sure to pick lightweight medium soil to allow room for the roots to grow. Air circulation and water drainage is best with this type of soil.

The Perfect Pot

Think of a pot as your plant’s home away from home. Now, do you get why picking the right one is important? Lucky for you, any kind of container can be used for indoor gardening. There are few things you need to remember though.

Drainage holes are the most important requirement of any kind of containers for indoor plants. Without holes, excess water has nowhere to go causing the soil to become waterlogged. This in turn suffocates the roots. Putting holes into whatever container you are using is your first priority.

In time, your plant is bound to outgrow its container. When roots are sticking out of the drainage holes, it is time to move on to a bigger container. A less obvious sign would be a lack of growth for your plant. When this happens, get a larger container and move everything there. Do not forget to use a new batch of soil when repotting.

In general, choosing a container that is two sizes than your plant is recommended. Using a container that is too large is not a good idea though. It may hold more water than the plant can take in causing it to drown.

These are just three major factors you should consider when indoor gardening. Supplies may be bought at your local hardware or garden store.