Growing plants indoors is a great way to get more fresh air into your home, and it’s also a fun hobby. But did you know that you can use the same strategies for growing plants indoors that you would use for outdoor gardening? I’ve been doing both for years, and here are my top tips for growing plants indoors—just follow these rules and your indoor garden will look just as lush as any other.
No plant is off limits!
There are some plants that you may think cannot be grown indoors, but with a few simple tricks you can grow any plant.
Plants that need lots of light:
- Peppers and tomatoes love sunlight! They need at least 6 hours per day to grow properly. The best time to put them in your room is when they are young so they can adjust to the environment quickly.
- Lettuce loves full sun and grows quickly once it’s established, so make sure you have space for more than one plant if you don’t have enough light coming into your house!
Use a light-colored container.
A light-colored container will make it easier to see your roots and moisture levels. If you have a large number of plants, a light-colored container will also be easier to spot if you need to move them around. Light-colored containers are more attractive than dark ones, and they last longer because they’re less likely to get scratched or dirty over time.
Choose the right light source.
Choosing the right light source for your plants is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your indoor garden. You want to choose a light that will help your plants grow, flower, grow faster and look healthier and more vibrant. And if you’re new to gardening or don’t know much about lighting options, this can be a confusing process. But it’s not as complicated as it seems!
You might have heard of fluorescent lights—they are great options for growing inside because they provide balanced spectrum that mimics sunlight without getting too hot (like incandescent bulbs). Fluorescent lights also use very little energy compared with other types of bulbs so they last longer and cost less over time because they don’t need to be replaced as often. Additionally, fluorescent lights emit only 10% heat compared with standard incandescent bulbs which emit 90% heat which means less chance of burning yourself while working in your garden!
Some people prefer LED lights because they use even less electricity than fluorescent ones while providing similar results; however some types may not work well depending on how close or far away from them your plant needs to be placed so make sure before purchasing anything that fits these criteria first.”
Allow air to circulate.
As you’re planning your indoor garden, consider that the plants need air to breathe. The soil should dry out between waterings, but you should also make sure it doesn’t become too dry. If you don’t allow air to circulate around your plant, it will suffocate and die.
Also keep in mind that if you are growing plants indoors, they will need more frequent watering than usual since they aren’t receiving enough rain or dew from outside sources like they would normally get on their own in nature. You may need to water them every day or every other day depending on what kind of soil mix you use (soil with higher moisture content tends to stay moist longer).
Finally, pests can be a problem when having an indoor garden because there isn’t as much natural protection against them as there would be if it were outdoors. It is important that any window screens are closed tightly and any vents are covered when not in use so insects do not get into your house through these openings.
Find the right location in your house.
The first step to creating a beautiful indoor garden is to find the right location in your house. The ideal spot should be away from any windows that get direct sunlight and close to a heat source. It should also be away from any windows that are close to a cold air source, as well as windows that get direct wind or rain, snow, hail and other precipitation.
If you’re able to fit one in your home, locate the garden near an electrical outlet so it will be easy for you to plug in lights when necessary.
You can grow wonderful plants indoors if you follow these tips!
Whether you plant your garden indoors or outdoors, it’s always a good idea to keep track of the plants you have. You can make use of this list by either printing it out or keeping a copy on your computer. This way, if at any point in time you’re not sure what plants need water or fertilizer, this spreadsheet will serve as an easy reference tool.
- Keep track of all your plants!
- You don’t need much space to grow things indoors (even if they are just small). Keeping track of them is vital because they each have their own needs and preferences regarding lighting, temperature and water supply – something that might not be obvious at first glance unless someone else helps guide you along the way!
So, now you know that you don’t have to be a botanist or have any sort of special skills to grow plants indoors. It just takes the right tools and a little bit of effort! Maybe your next project can be growing some herbs on your kitchen windowsill?