Growing an indoor garden is extremely therapeutic. While it adds an ‘All Natural’ aesthetic to your home, some plants also work to purify the indoor air. Planning to grow an indoor garden? Here’s a newbie’s guide for creating an indoor garden from scratch.
What kind of garden do you want?
The very first thing to do is to decide the kind of garden you want. Do you want a herb garden where you can grow some fruits and vegetables to be used in your kitchen? Do you want an array of colorful flowers to adorn your indoors? Or do you want tall and wide lush green plants to establish a lively and natural environment?
Choose the right plants for your indoor garden
Indoor plants have different water, sunlight, and nutrient requirements as outdoor plants.
- Indoor herbs
Lemongrass, mint, parsley, cilantro, coriander, thyme, oregano, lavender, chives, basil, bay laurel, etc.
- Indoor flowering plants
Amaryllis, cyclamen, Christmas cactus, phalaenopsis orchid, African violet, poinsettia, kalanchoe, hibiscus, peace lily, etc.
- Indoor greens
Aloe vera, anthurium, asparagus fern, peperomia, snake plant, cast iron, dieffenbachia, Chinese evergreen, dracaena, Zee-Zee, etc.
Pick the right size of planters
Plants need ample space for their roots to grow. Pick as large a pot as you can for your indoor garden plants. You can buy gardening pots or upcycle refused containers from around your space. Just make sure that there is at least one hole for drainage at the base of the pot.
Learn when to water your plants
Water requirements vary from plant to plant. Make sure to read the instructions written on the tag that comes with your plant. If you’ve got your plant from a local nursery, take note of your chosen plant’s requirements from the caretaker. Both underwatering and overwatering affect the health of your plant.
Feed your plants with compost regularly
Apart from water, plants also require a regular supply of nutrients. It’s best to ask your local nursery gardener for the amount of manure your chosen plant needs. However, adding a 2-3 inches deep layer of compost every three months is good for most plants.
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