Winter is quickly approaching, and with that, outdoor gardening opportunities are becoming few and far between. Fortunately, with the proper care, it isn’t too difficult to maintain your own garden of plants indoors! Here are a few tips for growing plants indoors.
Make Sure Your Plant Has Enough Light
Even indoor plants need light! Different kinds of plants need different amounts of light, so make sure you consider this when choosing a location for each of your plants. If your plant normally grows in the shade, you won’t want to place it in your sunniest window. Conversely, if your plant needs a lot of light to thrive, you won’t want to put it in a dark corner. Depending on how much light your plant needs, it may be beneficial to invest in some LED grow lights. These lights mimic natural light and will help your plants get all the light they need.
Give Your Plant Water
Everyone knows that plants need water to live. The more difficult thing to figure out is the correct amount of water to give each specific plant. Desert plants like cacti or aloe should be watered less frequently, whereas tropical plants will need more water. A wilting plant or soil that is completely dry to the touch are good signs that your plant needs to be watered. To ensure that your plant is watered enough, make sure that the surface of the soil is completely wet. To prevent overwatering, make sure your plants are in pots or containers with sufficient drainage.
Take the Temperature of Your Home into Consideration
Most house plants prefer temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and a cooler temperature during the night. In the winter, it’s even more important to keep house plants at their preferred temperatures. If you are unable to easily regulate the temperature of your plants’ environment, try to keep plants whose preferred habitats fit with those of your home.
Replenish Your Plant’s Soil and Nutrients
The soil of indoor plants is not naturally replenished with nutrients in the same way as outdoor soil. This means that you must be intentional about the soil and nutrients in which you keep your indoor plants. Without the proper nutrients, house plants will become malnourished and stop growing. To replenish the nutrients in your indoor plant’s soil, you’ll want to periodically fertilize your indoor plant.
Fertilization should be done every few weeks to every few months, depending on your plant’s needs. You likely will not need to fertilize your plant during the winter, however, as winter is outside of most plants’ natural growing periods.
With these four tips for growing plants indoors, you can make an educated choice about which plants are the best fit for your home’s environment. Now go liven up your home with some green this winter!