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Indoor Gardens for Decoration and Function (Part 3 of 4)

When considering containers to use for indoor gardening, function is just as important, if not more so than style. When you buy most plants in stores and greenhouses, they will come with a tag on them that indicates lighting and watering requirements, as well as full-size growth expectancy. This is important to keep in mind when providing containers.

Root systems for many plants need much more room to grow within the soil than you might imagine. It is always good to do research about the plant species you are buying to ensure that you aren’t planting it in a container that will restrict it’s root growth and size potential. If it is a fast growing plant, you’ll want to re-pot it in a larger container when the time comes. Usually you will be able to tell that your plant needs a container upgrade when there is a change in growth rate or if you notice that the bottom leaves are dying. This can sometimes indicate that the container is restricting the rooting system from freely growing and is starting to tangle and choke itself with its own roots, cutting off much-needed nutrients to parts of the plant.

This brings us to watering your indoor plant garden(s). Just like lighting and growth container requirements, every plant species has individualized water needs. The internet has an abundance of information for every plant out there, so do a little research for the plants you’re buying to ensure that you don’t drown or parch your new living home inhabitants. With this being said, the general rule is that you should water your indoor garden much in the same way that you would an outdoor one. Generally, most plants suitable for indoor gardening should have slightly moist soil at most all times, although be careful not to over water as this could cause your new plants to drown. Some plants tend to do better if you allow enough time to pass for the first inch or two of the soil to become dried out, followed by a thorough watering.

Next time we will discuss the last, but not least, important aspect of fertilization.

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Indoor Gardens for Decoration and Function (Part 2 of 4)

We discussed last time that natural lighting is the cheapest and most obvious sources of light for your indoor gardening efforts. Due to your living location, situation or other circumstances, you might not get enough “window light” for plants that require more sun. If you don’t get good lighting where you plan on growing, a good but slightly more expensive option is to use a strong artificial light source setup such as metal halide, halogen or sodium lighting fixtures. Keep in mind, going this route can require a bit of money and some know-how to install and keep these systems and components functioning properly.

The next thing to consider for your green thumb efforts are the types of containers you will be using for this endeavor. Container gardening has become very popular due to many city dwellers’ desire to be able to grow a garden despite having no outdoor area to grow in. Another great thing about container gardening is that the containers themselves are very mobile and can moved around to adjust to their proper lighting requirement.

When it comes to container selection, the sky is the limit. Many people use antique baskets and planters, coffee mugs (for starter plants or smaller herbs), pottery, coffee tins, watering cans or basically anything that can hold soil and drain water properly. A big consideration will be to ensure that the containers selected will complement the style, colors and feel of your indoor decorating situation. Beautiful artisan glazed planting pottery has become more and more popular as indoor gardening interest increases, and more often than not, these types of containers will come with a matching saucer to put under the container to catch any excess water draining. Nothing can boost the appearance of a beautiful Dracaena Spike plant in your family room like an equally attractive and fitting container that will help to spruce up your home in the meantime.

Next time, we’ll talk a little bit about appropriate container sizes and watering requirements.

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Indoor Gardens for Decoration and Function (Part 1 of 4)

One aspect of home interior decorating that sometimes goes without thought is the wide world of indoor gardening. Indoor greenery provides for a very pleasant atmosphere with multiple functional benefits. Many people find that the presence of plants in their home will brighten their moods and give them a sense of accomplishment knowing they are enjoying something that was cared for at home with their own two hands.

Growing plants indoors allows the opportunity for you and your family to grow varieties that you could otherwise not enjoy outdoors due to harsh climates, adequate rainfall or lighting conditions. Because you can grow in such a controlled environment indoors, you are allowed much more freedom to grow anything from herbs and vegetables, to lush decorative greenery and flowers.

Before diving into the fun stuff and getting your hands dirty, there are a few things to consider when planning for indoor gardening. Light sources will be your biggest concern, followed by appropriate containers, plant food, and water. Having these few things implemented correctly will make for a much more rewarding and successful experience, as opposed to just jumping in and buying whatever plants happen to catch your fancy.

Lighting is the most important aspect of growing indoors. Obviously natural light is going to be the best source of light for your garden, and unfortunately, unless you happen to live in a glass house, walls tend to restrict the amount of lighting coming in. Many plants, such as Pothos, don’t require copious amounts of light and tend to thrive better when placed under incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs, or almost anywhere that gets ambient lighting. Other plants will require much more natural lighting. Most herbs, such as rosemary, oregano, thyme, and many basil varieties tend to fall into the high lighting category. With these plant types, a big window or sliding glass door that gets decent sunlight for a large portion of the day would be your best bet.

Next time, we’ll talk a little bit more about lighting and cover the importance of planting containers that will supply your home and family with beautiful indoor greenery.

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