Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a lot of space to grow indoor plants. You may have noticed these beauties decorating the homes of many of your friends and family members, but if you haven’t had much luck in getting your own houseplants to flourish, you may be wondering how they do it! Whether you have an empty nook on your bookshelf or just want to fill the corners of your apartment with potted plants, here are some tips to grow indoor plants for beginners.
1) Picking the Right Plants To Grow Indoor Plants
Before you can grow indoor plants, you have to pick them. When picking houseplants that are right for your home, there are a few things you should think about before selecting any particular plant. Depending on where you live and what kind of light your windows provide, you’ll want to choose plants that like either brighter or darker places. Also, consider if your home is carpeted or has hardwood floors—you’ll want different kinds of plants on each surface because certain species of plants aren’t good at growing through soil that’s been compressed by lots of feet (or paws). And then there are plants that are poisonous and can pose a danger if small children run through and accidentally eat parts of it.
2) Care Tips To Grow Indoor Plants
Indoor plants need a little special attention and care. Different houseplants require different types of care, so it’s good to know what each plant needs before planting it. Remember that not all plants thrive in an office environment, so make sure that you choose ones that are meant for interior spaces. Your plants won’t grow without light; they need at least four hours of direct sunlight every day to do well. Make sure they have enough water. Giving your indoor plants just enough water will keep them healthy and allow them to grow quickly. Feed them well with fertilizer once or twice a month during their growing season from spring through fall. Treat them well with pest-prevention techniques when necessary. Maintaining low levels of pests is key if you want to encourage healthy growth from your indoor garden and most importantly be patient!
3) Air Circulation is Key To Grow Indoor Plants
All plants need oxygen, water, and nutrients. If you don’t supply these things, your plants will die. Oxygen is especially important if you want to grow indoor plants—not only does it provide a place for your plant roots to take in water and nutrients, but it also helps with photosynthesis which is what allows your plant to grow strong leaves. Plants absorb CO2 and release oxygen during photosynthesis—if there isn’t enough circulation going on around them, photosynthesis can’t happen effectively.
4) Overwatering is One of the Biggest Mistakes People Make
It’s a common misconception that indoor plants need constant watering. One of the best things you can do as a new gardener is stick to a regular watering schedule and learn how often your plants need water. Using potting mix that retains moisture will also help you in your quest not to overwater. Remember, overwatering is one of the most common mistakes people make when growing houseplants—so be mindful!
5) Look For The Plants That Require Low Light
If you live in a house or apartment with a lot of natural light, you’re probably in luck. But if you don’t, to grow indoor plants can be tricky. Although there are some varieties that require medium light, most houseplants will do best in low light conditions. Locate your plants near a window that gets lots of sunlight during the day (but not at night), or use fluorescent lights or full-spectrum bulbs.