Tips for starting your own indoor garden

Tips for starting your own indoor garden

Author Rasha Rehman / Published: April-22-2020

An indoor garden is the perfect project to take on that is rewarding and positive for yourself and the planet. There are so many things to be excited for - from creating and decorating your space, learning about different house plants, and enjoying the benefits of air purification and stress reduction! There is an indoor plant for everyone and before you begin this project, keep these tips in mind:

 

Your indoor garden will be as unique as you are! Before designating space for your plants consider how much light your plants will need, the temperature of the space and your expansion options if you know your plants will grow substantially.

Do you prefer a vast display of greenery or something more off centred?

Investing in hanging racks, planter stands, or greenhouse terrariums are a great option for maximizing your space and keeping your garden compact and put together. On the other hand, you can stick to containers and pots and opt for copper or ceramic glazed options to jazz it up!

Choosing which plants to grow comes down to your lifestyle, preference, and the level of maintenance you can uphold. For example, broadleaf plants require frequent watering whereas desert plants don’t. Some plants require being watered from the bottom which means placing its pot (with holes in the bottom) in a dish for water to be absorbed upwards. Don’t forget to consider the size your plant can reach when it fully grows. Some popular house plant categories are:

 

The broad category of succulents includes specific plants that thrive best indoors. Generally, succulents are low maintenance due to their enlarged roots and thick stems which allow them to retain an ample amount of water. They require ample light and can endure dry air conditions.

Succulent Plants For Indoor Garden

Flowering house plants can brighten any space! These types of plants require humidity which means regular misting if your space is not humid enough. Some popular options are African Violets, Bromeliad, Kalanchoe, and Peace Lily.

Kalanchoe for your indoor garden

If you’re up for a bit of a challenge, then palm plants might be right for you! Palm plants require specific amounts of lights, fertilizers, and temperature to thrive and not experience foliage issues. When fully grown, palm plants can reach towering heights. Popular options include Areca, Parlor, Mahesty, and Yucca.

Once you have your plants set up, keep regular fertilization and repotting in mind.

 

 

 

Once you have your plants set up, keep regular fertilization and repotting in mind.

Along with photosynthesis, plants need additional nutrients to thrive. Indoor plants miss out on nutrients due to being indoors which is why it’s important to fertilize your plants. There are many types of fertilizers that include: liquid (used bi-weekly or monthly), granular (used monthly) and slow-release (typically used once in 3 to 4 months).

Learn more about indoor fertilizers here.

You may not have to worry about re-potting initially but this process of moving your plant from one pot to another is recommended to be done once in 1-2 years. This may vary based on your plant.

 

If you aren’t ready to dive into plants just yet, don’t forget microgreens! These baby plants are typically 1-3 inches tall and are easy to grow. There is a variety of aromatic seedlings to choose from: lettuce, dill, fennel, etc.

In addition, plant tags are a great option to begin your indoor gardening! With each order from Awoke N' Aware, you'll receive plantable tags with a wildflower blend of Bird's Rye, Clarkia, Black Eyed Susan, Catchfly, Snapdragon & Sweet Alyssum.

These hang tags and thank you cards are made from botanical paper

 

Whichever plant or microgreens you choose to grow, share your indoor garden with a friend or two and encourage them to grow their own!

Rasha Rehman
 
"Communication lead by day and media entrepreneur by night; Rasha is a passionate Toronto-based journalist. Adopting nutrition and fitness habits and striving to make a positive impact on the environment keeps Rasha going."


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