Starting your own indoor garden is a great way to improve your home. Not only will the plants and flowers add a natural and colourful aesthetic to your interior, you can also benefit from the more practical perks, like cleaner air and home-grown produce.
Gardening is also a great skill to learn, so if you are looking to take up an incredibly rewarding hobby then starting an indoor garden is for you. To help you get started, here are top three tips to help you get growing.
3 Super Simple Steps To Your Awesome Indoor Garden
Find the right lighting conditions
Choosing the ideal place for your indoor plants can often be a puzzle. You need to find a place where they can have plenty of sunlight, but not too much, as many plants will dry out or burn.
If you can find somewhere with indirect sunlight that’s great, but you will need to consider providing plants with artificial light if you have no natural light source.
You can use fluorescent lighting, but you may need to opt for special lighting depending on the type of plant you are growing. Take a look at House Plant Expert’s detailed guide to house plant lighting for more specific information.
Take care of your plants
There are a few things to consider when taking care of your plants. Make sure they are in a pot that has enough room for when they grow and extend their roots.
You should also use nutrient-rich soil in your pot so that your plant has enough food to get a good head-start on growth. You will need to change the potting soil after about 10–12 weeks as all the nutrients will have been used up.
There is no rule that applies to all plants when watering them, therefore you should closely follow the instructions on your plant as they may have specific watering needs that have to be met.
Choosing your plants
Your choice of plants for your indoor garden will depend on what you want to get out of it.
If you are looking to grow your own produce, there are many fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, beans, peas, and potatoes, that will grow indoors as long as you are able to offer the right care and conditions.
Herbs are one of the easiest edible plants to grow indoors, and they will save you buying in the supermarket when they are fully grown. Take a look at our post on the 10 most versatile herbs to grow in your home for some encouragement.
On the other hand, you may be choosing your plants based on the natural decoration that they can bring to your home. Growing flowers that complement the style of your interior design is a great way to accessorise and have fun doing it.
There are many colourful options that you can go for, but there are a few favourites that every homeowner should consider. One of these classic indoor flowers is the azalea, which is one of the most colourful and regularly flowering plants you can brighten up your house with. Selecting the right kind of azalea is very important, and they do have some specific care requirements.
Have a look at Wyevale Garden Centre’s advice article on choosing and caring for your indoor azaleas for an expert opinion.
If you are looking for inspiration for flowers that will look as good indoors as they do outdoors in the spring and summer, check out our post here for some gorgeous display ideas.
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