People who love gardening know that in order for plants to become strong and beautiful they don’t have to be outside. Most of the time we have plants everywhere including our bathrooms, studies, living rooms, and so on. There are so many plants that are easily available that we can grow all year round, we just need to know more about the right way to keep them vital and protected. It starts with educating yourself on how you can keep different plants happy indoors. The more you know about your plants and what they need, the easier it will be for you to keep them alive.
If you don’t have access to that kind of information, then there are some pretty general guidelines you can follow and they should be just fine. A word of advice, it’s important to remember that plants, just like people, have limited natural lifespan, so sometimes when a plant seems to be going back maybe it’s just time to replace it.
Here are the most important essentials to keep in mind so that your plants don’t fall behind:
Water is crucial for the survival of every life form. Most houseplants, however, die from over watering. All you need to do is pay special attention to how dry the first 2 centimeters of soil are. If hey are dry – water the plant, if they aren’t – don’t water. In summer, your plants will need more water as opposed to winter, but if you are not sure just stick your finger in the soil. To avoid this all together, you can now purchase modern plastic planters that water themselves! These modern plastic planters are made for indoor and outdoor use and also come in all shapes and sizes. Once you get a hold of the way they work, you will surely consider them the greatest sidekick busy people ever had regarding growing plants.
The soil is also an important first step when gardening. Potting soil should be made specifically for the type of plant you are trying to grow. While the potting mix is important, it is vital to remember that you will need to upgrade the nutrients with a fertilizer. Growing plants is a delicate mix, and your soil should be too. You want to make sure it’s light enough so you can get enough space for air, water, and for the roots to grow healthy. One way to ensure this is to choose soil that has plenty of vermiculite, sharp sand, and perlite. This will help the soil drain easily giving you a higher percentage of air.
Temperature is the next factor of gardening that you will need to consider. You have to try to recreate the plants natural habitat, so the fluctuation that most plants feel between each season should be recreated in your home. Some plants may even require a resting period of a shortage of water and sunlight in winter to be able to bloom in spring. All you need to do is introduce more water and fertilizer when the days start to get a little longer again after winter.
Humidity is a key factor when it comes to happy, healthy plants. Most natural habitats have a humidity of 50 percent or higher, indoors in the winter the humidity may only be around 20 percent. While misting your plants does help, it is not the most effective method. You can place your plants one next to another or you can set the pots in a tray filled with a little water. The evaporating water will increase the level of humidity around the plants. Just make sure the pots aren’t soaking in the water themselves.
Nutrients are a great thing to give to your indoor plants and most fertilizers will do the job. Just try not to overdo it and carefully check whether your plants are well watered before you apply fertilizer. Most plants handle fertilizer well, but some can be sensitive to pH balances that fertilizers can sometimes change. Doing a quick, informative research about the plants you want to grow can help you know the right dosage and kind.
Light is the final part of the growing process we’ll go over. Every plant is different so they all need different amounts of light. You need to know the requirements your plants need to thrive and you need to be able to meet these needs. Every plant you own needs to spend a certain time in the sun, do a research for every plant in your home so that you can place them accordingly – far or near the biggest sunlight sources – the windows.