Category Archives: Indoor Garden

Plants That Should Be Left Outside

When you are an indoor gardener the same rules apply to your plants as they do to any other type of gardener. Your plants will need water, food, and plenty of light as does the ones grown outside or in a green house. Of course there are special considerations such as temperature and humidity control but they can be overcome with relatively minor adjustments. With that being said, there are some plants that are best left to the outdoor gardener.

The type of plant that won’t do well indoors is really dependant on the climate you live in. If you live in a warm area and have the air conditioning or fans on during the day a plant that is used to higher temperature will not do well inside your home and should be left outside. The same goes for the opposite, if your house is overheated a plant will most likely dry out from lack of moisture in the air.

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The Best Pots for Indoor Gardening

You have researched the benefits of having an indoor garden and found the best plant for you home now what do you put it in? From Terra cotta pots to decorative ceramic ones, there are many choices available and in various sizes. Not only do you want to choose a pot that looks good in your home but you want one that is the best size for your plant too.

You want to look at the long-term growth expected in the plant you have chosen and use that information to pick an appropriately sized container. If you pick a pot that is too small your full-grown plant the roots will not have enough room to grow and the plant will be come root bound. This is a rectifiable condition with re-potting, but it can put the plant through unnecessary stress and creates more work for you. Your plant may look unbalanced at first in a container that is out of proportion but you will be glad you thought ahead as the plants continues to grow.

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Temperature Regulation for Indoor Plants

Depending on the individual plant different temperature and humidity levels are recommended. But in general, plants donít like it too hot, too cold, or too dry (with certain exceptions of course). Finding and keeping a balance is important to the survival of your plants. To make it easier on you, the gardener, select plants that thrive in similar conditions weather conditions.

Consistency in temperature is important to plants. Once you find the ideal temperature, try and maintain it daily. It is okay for the plants to be colder at night time; this is natural as the same happens outside in nature when the sun goes down. An average temperature range is 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit (18-23 degrees Celsius) during the day and a drop in temperature to 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit (15-18 degrees Celsius) is acceptable. As this is within the temperature range most houses are kept at this should not be hard to maintain.

You may be tempted to place a plant beside a sunny window to keep it nice and warm. Just remember that exposure to extreme temperature ranges is not good for a plant. It can get overheated during the day and then too cold at night. Give the plants natural sunlight
but doing so on a windowsill is not recommended.

Inside a house is a lot dryer than outside. A lot of plants like at least some moisture in the air. Controlling the humidity in the house will help the plants and you if it tends to get dry inside. You can purchase a mister or humidifier for your house or another option is to get the plant’s leaves wet. By taking a spray bottle, you can lightly spray the leaves or you can use a cloth or sponge. Take care of any special instructions your plant may have, some do not like to get their leaves wet.

Indoor Gardening With Foliage Plants

Plants grown primarily for their leaf characteristics and utilized for interior decoration or landscape purposes are called foliage plants. As our society becomes more urban, living plants as part of the interior landscape increases. The use of live foliage plants brings individuals closer to an outdoor type of environment, and the large variety of plants gives us the opportunity to select species that will serve as attractive additions to interior decor. Foliage plants are excellent for indoor culture since they are able to survive environmental conditions unfavourable to many other plants.

Most avid gardeners continue to grow plants year-round. We start seeds in the living room, grow ferns in the bathroom, bring in begonias from the outdoor garden year after year, and have pots of herbs in the kitchen. Today there are so many interesting plants that can be grown indoors that there’s simply no reason for a gardener not to be surrounded by plants all year-round.

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