Growing your own plants can be an incredibly rewarding experience. You get to see your hard work pay off, you save money, and it’s just plain fun! Indoor plants are especially popular because they’re easy to care for and can give your home that personal touch that no one else has. But before you start bringing in flora from outside or buying new soil from the store, read on for some tips on how to grow amazing indoor plants:
1. Identify Your Local Climate
- Identify Your Local Climate
Check the temperature and humidity in your home. Use a thermometer to measure the temperature inside your home, as well as the humidity level. You can also check these values outside of your home if there is no way for you to measure them indoors because of your location or building materials (for example, a concrete building might prevent you from measuring outdoor temperature). Check what type of weather is expected for the next few days, especially when it comes to overnight temperatures and rainfall amounts. Finally, use another thermometer to take measurements inside and outside of any areas where you plan on planting plants (this includes greenhouses or other specialized rooms).
2. Take It All In
After you’ve selected the right plant and given it a place to call home, it’s time to sit back, relax, and watch your indoor garden grow.
But before that happens, there are a few things you should know about each type of plant. For example:
- Pothos and philodendrons like bright light but not direct sunlight. So if you want them in that spot near the window with great natural light (and maybe some artificial light to supplement), go ahead and put them there—but don’t forget about their preferences for indirect light!
- Fiddle-leaf figs prefer humid environments. If you have hardwood floors in your home, consider putting down some moistened paper towels under the plant’s soil; this will help keep humidity levels high enough for this particular type of tree (and prevent water from pooling around its base).
3. Get Your Soil Right
Soil is everything when it comes to healthy plant growth. It’s the foundation upon which everything else relies. So why not get it right from the start? The first step is getting your soil right, which means you need to know what kind of soil you have now and what kind of soil works best for your plants.
Soil that’s too loose will allow nutrients and air to escape from the roots—too much water can also cause this problem as well, leading to root rot or fungal infections like damping-off disease (the latter causes seedlings or seedlings with young roots to wilt and die). If your potting medium is too loose, add more sphagnum peat moss or perlite until it feels just right when squeezed between two fingers: firm but not hard; moist but not soggy; well drained yet moist enough so that there are no dry pockets where fungi could grow (these would likely appear dark brown in color).
The opposite holds true as well—if your potting medium feels too dense then more sand or clay should be added until texture feels right again! This should help keep both moisture levels higher than necessary while also allowing easy access into which roots can grow deeper into soil layers. If moisture levels are too high then begin slowly removing some excess water by placing containers under bright lights for several hours each day (be careful about this method though because excessive heat may damage plants).
4. Water It
Watering frequency depends on your plant. Some plants need water every day, while others only need a drink every few days. The best way to water is with a watering can, as it gives you more control over how much and where the water goes. If you use a watering can or spray bottle, make sure to give the soil of your indoor plants enough time to dry out in between watering sessions so that roots don’t rot from too much moisture. The soil should never be soggy or wet for prolonged periods of time — this will cause root rot and possibly kill your plant!
To test if your plant needs more water, stick your finger down into the soil an inch or two (2–5 cm) deep; if it feels wet all the way through, then wait until after it has dried out before watering again
5. Set Up Habitat
To set up a habitat for your plants, you will need to provide the right environment. Plants need room to grow and light. They also need water and nutrients. If you provide all these things, then your plant will have everything it needs in order to grow into an amazing specimen with beautiful leaves and flowers that you can show off in your home!
For example, if you have a small plant pot (or even an empty one) on your windowsill at home, then there might not be enough space left over in there for any more soil or plants—so instead of adding more dirt or growing another plant in this pot (which would cause problems), think about getting rid of some stuff from around it like books or other items that aren’t needed anymore so that way when spring comes along again next year maybe we’ll get some new seeds which we can start fresh with fresh soil too!
6. Use Compost Tea To Build Resilience
Compost tea is a liquid that’s made by steeping compost in water. It contains beneficial microorganisms and nutrients, which can be added to your plants’ soil or used as an addition to other fertilizers.
Benefits of Compost Tea
Compost tea has many benefits for indoor plants:
- It’s free! You can get the supplies you need from your own kitchen, so it won’t cost you anything extra.
- The nutrients in compost tea are more bioavailable than those in fertilizer alone, making them easier for your plants to absorb into their roots and leaves. This means that they’ll grow healthier faster than with ordinary fertilizer alone (and will require less watering).
You can actually make your own compost tea, or you can buy a concentrated solution that you dilute and spray onto plants’ leaves to boost their immune systems.
Compost tea is an excellent source of nutrients for your plants. It’s also a natural way to fight pests and disease, as well as add some extra oomph to the immune system of your indoor plants. Compost tea is easy to make at home or in your garden, but you can also buy concentrated solutions that are diluted and sprayed onto leaves. Compost tea is great because it recycles materials (like old food scraps) while providing nutrition for plants!
We hope you’ve found these tips helpful! If you want even more information on indoor plant care, we recommend checking out our other blog posts on the subject. We also have a list of all the best indoor plants that are easy to grow and great for your home or office. If all else fails, just remember that if you have enough love for your plants, they won’t die—even if you forget about them for a few days (or weeks).