Indoor Apartment Gardening
Indoor apartment gardening is possible no matter how tiny your apartment is. You can do some amount of small scale gardening in your apartment, you just have to know how.
If you are a beginner you also want to start with plants or a plant that is easy to grow that will help you to develop your green thumb. Once you get the hang of it you can move on to more exciting plants if needs be.
If your apartment offers a balcony or patio this is an ideal place to set up your indoor garden. Windowsills are also great places to start. Wherever you choose you want to ensure that your plants will be able to get at least 4 hours of sunlight from where you have them placed.
You will also need to choose plants for the appropriate amount of shade that you have. No use choosing a plant that needs lots of direct sunlight when there is only partial sunlight coming through your window due to a large tree outside.
Choosing Plants for Indoor Apartment Gardening
Space – If you have a small space you will want to choose plants that will grow up rather than plants that grow outwards. Tight spaces will make the best use of pyramidal and columnar plants or small plants that can be grown on windowsills in tiny pots.
Time – If you don’t have the time to give your plants a lot of attention then you will want to choose plants that won’t require a lot of care. You will be able to find a lot of plants that don’t require a lot of attention from you.
Plants – always ensure that the plants you choose can be grown indoors. Some plants no matter how small and how little attention they require will only do well outside in full and direct sunlight. Plants that do well indoors are usually those that will grow in a number of different locations and that don’t require a lot of sunlight.
Placement of Your Indoor Plants
- Bright windowsills are great for flowering plants as these tend to use up more sunlight
- Close to windows but away from the sunlight you will best grow croton or any other plant that has variegated or bright foliage
- Dim corners are best suited for cast iron plants and peace lilies
- You can raise the humidity in a room by placing small potted plants together in clusters. This helps the plants to remain healthier
- Trailing plants will go well in hanging baskets and on tabletops
- Small palms can be kept in your study or living room to add a tropical and tranquil feel
Benefits of Having Indoor Plants
- You can create a more relaxing interior space in your apartment by adding plants to your space.
- It also helps to purify the air in your apartment in a very natural way. Plants that do the best at improving air quality include pothos, peace lilies and English ivy and they are even easy to grow.
- Studies done by NASA also show that these plants will filter benzene, formaldehyde and ammonia. Weeping figs, rubber plants and date palms are also good plants that can help to improve the air quality in your apartment as well.
- Save money on grocery if you choose to plant food items and herbs.
- Cook healthier meals when you grow your own since you will be certain it is organic and non-GMO
Whether you want to plant a garden indoor out of necessity or you just want to try and see if you have green thumb you can do it. There are a number of plants that you can easily plant inside and it doesn’t matter why you choose to plant them inside.
You may not have the garden space outside or you may not have the time for large scale gardening. You may just want to give gardening a try inside before you do anything major.
A balcony garden will require additional are during the winter. Most often it is annuals that are planted on balconies in containers but if you have really harsh winters even those won’t survive the cold.
You will need to overwinter your balconies so if you are not up for the challenge you want to ensure that you choose plants that can stay inside and which don’t need a lot of care and can grow in a variety of weather conditions, temperatures and environments.
Supplies for your Indoor Garden
For your indoor garden you will need
- Distilled Water
- Fertilizer – Use nutrient rich potting soil to ensure your plants get the best nutrients.
- A light source – The best place for plants is where they can get sunlight. Whether direct or indirect source depends on the type of plant. Some plants need direct full sun while others cannot thrive in direct full sunlight. If you don’t have a sunny window to place your plant close to then you can use an artificial light source. A good artificial light source is fluorescent lighting. You can also use HID lights as well.
- Appropriate pot – you may need to change your plants pot as it grows. You don’t want the roots to overlap in a small container as this will hinder the growth of the plant.
If you are a beginner, your best bet is to choose plants that grow all year round. These plants are the easiest to grow overall as well as will not require too much care and attention.
You want to ensure that you are equipped with the correct information as well as the correct tools for the plants that you will be growing. If you live in more agreeable whether you can even plant on your balcony or patio all year round. You will not have to worry about temperature and harsh conditions during winter when you plant inside though.
You will realize that the amount of time you need to commit and the amount of money you have to invest is drastically reduced when you choose indoor apartment gardening over outdoor gardening.