Owing to its ease and practicality, indoor gardening is going to get even more popular in the coming years. Here are 5 tips for successful indoor gardening.
- Selecting Appropriate Plants for Your Chosen Space: After scouting out a location in your house for your plants, the key to a successful smart home garden rests in choosing and selecting the right plants that will thrive in your indoor living space. Every plant has its requirements, some plants grow well in shade, some well in direct sunlight, some well in moist and wet conditions, and some require more space than others. Yes, every plant needs sunlight, water, and nutrients but they may need them in different quantities. Spend time researching your preferred plants and get to know the specific requirements of that plant. Also, use pots and containers large enough to offer the roots of the plant ample room to grow and in turn ensure their healthy growth.
- Know When to Water Your Plants: One of the most common mistakes in indoor gardening is over-watering your plants. Water is not always the answer and one of the few essentials to remember while selecting your plants is to check how much water they require, and how often. Over-watering clogs in the air spaces in the soil and stunts the plant’s root development. Most gardening experts generally suggest that you water houseplants once a week. Check the soil before grabbing the watering can. Push your finger through into the soil 2 inches deep, if the soil is dry, then it is time to water.
- Try Hydroponics: To avoid the above-mentioned concern of over-watering your plants, Hydroponics is your answer! As the traditional plants use soil as their primary base, in this set-up the plants make use of water to deliver nutrients and oxygen to the roots of the plants. There are plenty of benefits that come out of this Indoor Hydroponic Herb Garden. Firstly, the plants grow a lot quicker since their roots do not have to push through compact soil. And plants scientifically absorb nutrients much quicker from water, which means a higher yield production. As this system eliminates soil, along with it eliminates the irritating soil-borne diseases and pest issues, and in turn, makes it a zero to the low maintenance system. The only maintenance is the once-in-a-month water refill.
- Pay Close Attention to the Finer Details: When it comes to indoor gardening, it is not just the watering that needs to be the focus. Many other components need to be looked at equally to ensure your plant is growing in the best possible conditions. Make sure you use good quality soil. Good soil will come with higher levels of nutrients and will provide an ideal balance of aeration and water absorption to help your plants thrive. Light and temperature are directly linked through the processes of photosynthesis and respiration taking place within the plant. A good balance of light and temperature will allow the plant to produce sufficient sugar (which is its food) and in turn, provide energy for the development of the plant.
- Re-pot Your Plants: Since your indoor plants are normally pot-bound their roots reach the maximum extent of growth possible. Re-potting plants are basically moving them from one pot to another with new soil. New soil means replenished nutrients for the plant. Repotting is a great opportunity to check the plant’s roots. Roots are the feeding organ of the plant, so it’s essential to keep them healthy. If you find your plant outgrowing the pot in which it was planted, repot your plant into a larger one. But repotting can be stressful for the plants, so it’s not something that should be done frequently. Plants typically need to be repotted every 12 to 18 months. And it is advised to re-pot during the spring and summer when plants are at their strongest period of growth.
If you don’t want to go through the stress of it all, go for a hydroponic garden. Try starting with Eponic’s Mini Hydroponic Garden. This no soil, the low water system is perfect for those who want to grow their own herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Try it today!