Indoor Gardening: Part I

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Almost all the topics we discussed earlier is on outdoor gardening. This is our first initiative towards indoor garden. Hope you will like this as well. If you have any suggestions, please put them in the comment box.

Now a day’s most of us live in apartments where there is no extra space or even balconies to practice gardening outdoor. So the best solution is to plant indoors. Even if you have outdoor gardens, adding plants indoor will definitely add a sense of life to your house. Though it is true, you cannot grow all the plants indoors, but there are so many of them which you can try your hands on.

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But before planting indoors, you need to understand the light condition in your room. Most of the plants need direct sunlight (check out our earlier article about sunlight and its impact on the plantation: SUN OR NO SUN) but the amount of can vary tremendously from plant to plant. Some plants even thrive in the absence of direct sunlight. But how much light is the least requirement for growing a plant? The thumb rule is that if you cannot read a book due to darkness, the place is also not suitable for growing a plant.

So prior to planting indoors, you need to first understand about some geography. If your room is south facing; you will receive the maximum amount of direct sunlight. Whereas if your room is north facing you will receive bright light but the chances are that there will be a lack of direct sunlight. East and west facing rooms receive morning and evening sunlight, respectively. Now according to your room position choose the plant which is best for the location.

You also need to select the variety of the plant carefully, unlike outdoor gardens; the growing space inside a house is limited. Some plants are also toxic, especially if ingested. A few have sharp-edged leaves that can hurt. So in case you have pets or toddlers, it is sensible to avoid those plants.  But if you are determined to plant those, pick a spot where traffic is lesser.

Use the soil mix which can drain easily. Watering your indoor plants can be very tricky. Due to a lack of direct sunlight, in most cases, the last thing you can do is to drown them in water. There is no hard and fast rule for this. But the plants which stay in direct sunlight will require frequent watering than those which are not. Experiment to find a proper watering schedule.

Some indoor plants require much more humidity than others; these plants are ideal candidates for the bathrooms.

One of the important parts of practicing good indoor gardening is to prune regularly to keep it in proper shape. We discussed pruning in our article about Bonsai. click here to check the article.

We will discuss more indoor garden in our following articles. Please let us know what you think about this article. Your constant feedbacks keep us going.

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