Indoor gardening tips to help your houseplants thrive – Cardinal News

Indoor plants in the window (Image from Bernd Hildebrandt of Pixabay).

If you don’t have the right outdoor setup for gardening, you’re in luck! Growing indoor plants is a great way to flex your green thumb; however, the care requirements for these plants are a bit different than your average garden. Plants can have a long and tasty life in the privacy of your own home. Use these gardening tips to help your houseplants thrive, no matter your skill level.

Helping your houseplants thrive is easy with a few gardening tips and tricks. Bring the beauty of Mother Nature indoors and transform your home into a floral sanctuary.

Let the light in

Plants convert light energy into chemical energy through photosynthesis, which requires light, and ultimately supports plant cell activities for life. However, providing the right amount of light can be challenging for houseplant parents. Many houseplants, such as snakes, do well in indirect or synthetic light. These plants can be a good option for those who don’t have much access to sunlight.

Still, some people like plants that need direct sunlight. Arranging them on windowsills or hanging them around sources of natural light will give them the right amount of exposure. If you want to think big, install new windows to let in light while updating your entire space.

Beware of water

When it comes to outdoor gardening, people tend to immerse their plants. However, houseplant owners have the opposite problem. Houseplants generally need less water to survive, which means overwatering is a quick way to kill them. With many plant species, unhealthy conditions caused by underwatering are easier to reverse than unhealthy conditions, such as rot, caused by overwatering.

Indoor plants get much of their H2O from indoor humidity. However, in winter, when temperatures are very cold outside, the humidity may be too low for plant health. You need to find ways to increase the humidity or constantly mist the plant. Be careful. Some plants, like Coleus, don’t like to be misted. Leaves may become patchy or die. Some other green plants, like air plants, only need a light misting to quench their thirst. For potted plants, adding water and letting the excess drip off the bottom will prevent them from drowning or rotting the roots.

Choose the right jar

Plants have unlimited space to grow in an outdoor garden; indoor plants do not have the same advantage. If you want to help your houseplants thrive, you need the right size pot to allow for root growth.

Small pots don’t leave enough room for roots to grow, which ultimately contributes to rot. On the other hand, large pots prevent plants from absorbing precious moisture. Choose a pot a few inches wider than the roots and don’t be afraid to move up to a larger pot as your houseplant grows.

Keep plants clean

Did you know that you need to clean your plants to help them grow indoors? Dust particles settle on the leaves and hinder their development. Pests like aphids can also infiltrate even the best-insulated homes, chew through leaves and disrupt your plant’s habitat.

Luckily, cleaning indoor greenery is simple! All you have to do is wipe them down with a cloth and room temperature water. While you’re at it, cut off the brown, rotting leaves and buds to give your plants a much-needed lift.

Of course, some care requirements may vary depending on the specific species, your home environment, and your local climate. Nonetheless, using these gardening tips will ensure your houseplants have a long and healthy life.

Indoor plants and flowers at the window
Indoor plants and flowers in the window (Image from Juraj Varga of Pixabay).

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