Whether you’re decorating your home, improving your air quality, reducing your stress levels, or growing food to eat, growing indoor plants is always a good idea. But green thumb or none, it’s always a unique challenge to take a plant that’s accustomed to growing in a unique outdoor environment surrounded by bugs, bacteria and decaying matter, and then grow it inside your house, which I will assume is not surrounded by bugs, bacteria and decaying matter.
In this quick Do-It-Yourself guide, we’re going to show you how to start growing your indoor plants, so that you can get a nice little indoor garden of any size going. It will be quick, fairly clean, and painless – as long as you stick to the instructions and use some common sense. The good news is that indoor gardening takes very little effort and yields really amazing results most of the time. You can even replace your dead plants with new store-bought ones, which is frowned upon when raising human children. The next few sections will briefly describe what you need to start growing your indoor plants on your own, including
- Proper Fit
Choose The Right Plant For The Right Space
Pick plants that suit your lifestyle and your home. On vacation a lot? Go with succulents that require very little water and almost no maintenance. Have some free time? Go for a bonsai tree. We have a handy article with some low-maintenance houseplants that are hard to kill, which is great for beginners.
But mostly, you want to love your new plant so that you don’t give up on it. Taking care of your indoor plants won’t feel like work when you enjoy what you’re doing.
That being said, you also want your new plant to vibe with your home. It should fit into the space you’re providing, unless you’re turning your house into a plant sanctuary, like rooftop gardens or tiny homes made partly from walls of creeping vines. Pick out a plant that’s going to nestle into your cozy home, so that you have an opportunity to use the word “nestle” when describing your new plant to your friends and family.
Light – The Nectar of the PhotosynthesisDrinking it in through their leaves, or their stems, plants need light to help them photosynthesize. They basically just convert air and light into sugar and then store as much sugar as they want in their roots without feeling guilty about how much weight they gained.
You can control how much light your plant gets by placing it closer to, or further from a window. Check to see how much sunlight your plant needs before making a snap judgment based on your feelings. Some plants are used to growing in full sunlight, while others do better in the wild when living in the shade of other plants.
Water- The Other Nectar That Plants LoveYour plants need water. But not that much. The majority of houseplants die from well-intentioned drowning and not dehydration. Always check to see how much water your plant needs and then give it that much. Feel around the base of the roots to see if the soil is wet. Adding some rocks to the soil you use on the planter will help with drainage, as well as making sure there are holes at the bottom of the planter. If not, every time you water you’re basically going to be turning the planter into a swimming pool, which is lethal for most plants.
We use the same filtered water that we drink to water our house plants. No need to expose your plants to heavy metals and chlorine. But if you’re on a budget, you can use tap water on your plants and they won’t complain. Because they can’t.
Soil – It Doesn’t Have To Be DirtyDirt inside the house is usually not welcome. But when it’s contained and holding a beloved plant, then it’s cool.
Soil in the wild has access to nutrients left behind by bugs, bacteria, fungi and deposits of gunk. Soil in your planter needs a little mineral boost, so we use 1 cup of liferocks mixed in with 1 gallon of soil (you can shake it all up in the bag so you don’t have to touch it).
Once the little zeolite liferocks stones are near the plant roots, they basically feed the plant all that yummy nutrition it needs for 5 years. No gunk, no mess, no mixing protein shakes up for your plant. Mix it once and you never have to touch the soil again.
Space – The FinalPlants have a tendency to grow – which is partly why we love them. But it’s likely that your plant is going to outgrow its home. So make sure you have some larger containers to hold the plants roots. And the entire rest of the plant, too.
Sometimes plants die because the roots tangle around each other and there’s nowhere for them to go. All you have to do is leave plenty of space in the containers for your plants to grow into.
You may want to make extra space in your home, too. Growing indoor plants can be very rewarding and often leads to binge-purchasing beautiful friends every time you visit stores that sell cool looking indoor plants.
SummaryYou are now a master beginner at growing your own indoor plants.
Having read this entire article, you should be better equipped to choose and care for your own indoor garden, offering your new plants a space they can call home – or at least that you can tell other people is your plants new home, since they don’t speak our language.
Thank you so much for reading and happy gardening to you!