Plants and pets are always a delight to have at home. They bring so much happiness, bliss, and liveliness to a house. Houseplants add a touch of greenery to house décor. They also help cultivate a love for indoor gardening and promote it as a new hobby. Films starring plants are finding their way into room entertainment, helping increase their awareness and caring responsibility.
There are plenty of indoor plants to choose from for air purification, aesthetics, and stress reduction. That’s why indoor plants are a trending hobby these days among urban homemakers. Cute cacti, leafy shrubs, pollution-absorbing snake plants, succulents are thriving in homes and offices to channel greenery, increase oxygen levels and boost the mood.
5 Indoor Gardening Tips for Healthy Plants
But plant life is also at risk of rapid industrialization and deforestation. The youth is attempting to restore greenery. The climate change crisis is getting the young generation, particularly students, to plant saplings for a greener Earth.
Indoor plants also need yearlong care and attention to maintain the lush green aspect in your rooms. Excessive light, rain, heat, and chill are factors that can damage your plants and hurt your plant-loving spirit. Here are five indoor gardening tips to help you concretize your tasks.
Consider Hydroponics for Indoor Plants
The term Hydroponics may make you imagine indoor farms on a large scale or plant granaries with complex drip watering systems, or some crazy formulas that make plants grow upside down. Hydroponics simply means growing plants with no soil or manure. Such plants grow in water or a new sterile medium, but not soil.
The hydroponic technique helps you grow more indoor plants without consuming further space. It reduces the chances of pest growth since insects can’t flourish in a hydroponic medium. It makes plants grow faster and healthier since there is no dense soil to block root formation. In the hydroponics method, there is no room for plants to get under-watered. You can buy readymade kits to grow vegetables and herbs in your indoor space with hydroponics. Since fresh air and ventilation are vital for plant growth, you can get AC infinity to expel humid air from your indoor grow room and promote healthy growth.
Lesser Water Works Best
Interior plants are not hungry for water. They need less water for growth. Over-watering is a primary cause of killing plant foliage and attracting pests. It can also choke air spaces in the soil and hamper plant nutrition.
Before getting a sprinkling can:
- Do find out the soil moisture level.
- Check the dryness of the soil too.
- Water your houseplants thoroughly, and let the water drain out from the pot into a water-holding device.
- Avoid making the plant pot sit in a saucer containing water to minimize moisture seeping into your pot.
- Keep a close watch on your house plants’ reaction to weather changes. This will help you avoid over-watering them.
- Prevent the kids in your family to water the indoor plants for fun elements.
Pay Attention To Light Exposure And Pests
Indoor plants need light to grow. The photosynthesis process that converts light into carbohydrates and energy is essential for each plant. However, dust particles settling on leaves’ surfaces can inhibit photosynthesis and hamper the desired inflow of light.
Position your plants right and keep your house windows clean. Tidy windows will allow in light and sunshine for your plants. Sun movement from the morning to evening can also affect light fall on your houseplants. Move your plants around in your home to let them benefit from maximum light and sunshine. Also, keep your indoor flowers away from extreme heat and cold conditions. In the absence of sunny windows, supplement your plants’ light requirement with an optional strong light source like LED grow lights to stimulate plant behavior.
Pest protection is necessary to prevent fungus gnats from invading your indoor garden. Spray the potting soil in houseplants with organic pesticides. Avoid spraying bug killers on developing fruits and vegetables as it can change their flavor.
Choose Plant Nutrition Thoughtfully
Use fertilizers for your plants in a planned way. There are different fertilizers available: pellet and liquid form. Do your research to figure out what fertilizer works best for your plants. Under-fertilization is better than over-fertilization.
Aside from fertilizers, consider coco peat to improve your indoor plants’ root growth and overall health and nutrition. Interestingly, hydroponic plants grown in coco peat grow many times faster than they would in normal soil conditions.
Organic kitchen waste is also good nutrition for your plants. Used kitchen ingredients like coffee grounds, tea leaves, banana peels, and powdered eggshells provide nourishment to your indoor plants. You can also recycle the water used to wash your lentils, grains, and vegetables to water your houseplants. Talk to your gardener friends and know their opinion on plant nutrition. Browse through gardening books and the internet to know what nutrition works best for your plants.
Prune Your Plants At The Right Time
Like humans, plants also grow with time. Light, sunshine, manures, soil conditions condition their growth. However, your indoor green friends need a nice trim after two or three months to help stimulate their regrowth. Wait till your plants bloom, then start their pruning. Trim the smaller branches and stems. Cutting thicker branches will hinder plant growth, so trim your potted plants thoughtfully. Throw away the unwanted shoots, dead leaves, flowers, lifeless stems, and unkempt branches.
Late winter and early spring are the right time to prune your indoor plants to encourage fresh growth. As a principle, cut away one-third of the oldest branches from the base to maintain the house plant’s youth and strength. Plant trimming also depends on the plant type. Follow a pruning calendar for different trees and shrubs.
Consider shifting your plants from one pot to another or re-potting with new soil once every year. It will give your pot-shifted indoor plant more nutritional value in the new soil and a larger room to grow. Check the drainage factor of the fresh pot. Talk to your plants in your free time. It is a secret that works in improving plant breeding and faster growth. Keep wiping the dust off from plant leaves and spray them with clean water to show your love and affection for your plants.
Author the Writer: Jessica has been closely studying the Lifestyle industry trends for quite some time. Intrigued by the booming growth of this sector, she takes interest in penning down her views providing quality insight on current trends.