Start an indoor garden with 7 simple steps

Mini garden

 

Do you want a mini garden but don’t have the space to start planting. Enough with the excuses, here’s a guide to creating your perfect indoor garden. Read our list of expert tips and techniques to ensure that your plants won’t die on you.

 

1. SUNSHINE


Sunlight


If there’s one essential element your plant needs, its sunshine. Just like humans the rays from the sun always keep us in a good mood. So make sure your plant gets some sun bathing time every day.

 

Firstly when you purchase the plant ask you vendor how much sunlight your plant needs:-

 

Direct sunlight: the plant needs six or more hours of bright sunshine every day.

 

Moderate light: The plants needs around four hours of bright direct sunshine each day.

 

Indirect light: The plant needs to be kept a few feet away from direct sunlight. It needs only ambient light.

 

Low light: The plants needs no direct sunshine and little ambient light. It’s happy in a room that never gets much sun.


2. WATER

Water is essential for a healthy growing plant in your home. But the amount of water plays a major part in a healthy plant. Too much or too little water can play a huge part in a plants growth.

 

There’s no such advice as water your plants once a week because heat and sunlight is specific to your home and will dry out the soil at various rates. The best way to find out if your plant needs water is to feel the soil with your finger. If it feels dry, water your plants. If you do this daily, you will get a rough idea of how many times a week your plant needs watering. Don’t overwater your plants. It’s liable to kill a plant as under watering.

 

3. HOW TO WATER YOUR PLANTS?

 

Water your plants

 

Thoroughly soak the soil until water comes out of the bottom of the pot. If the water is not reabsorbed within a day or so, empty out the saucer. When you can, you should take your plants to a sink or a tub and give them a soaking, most plants love this. (With exception to plants that do not require much water).

 

4. PLANTS & CONTAINERS

When you go gardening shopping look for firm and healthy plants (with more stem than leaves). Healthier plants will be easier to take care of, as they are already going through a steady growth.

 



Decide which pot

5. THE RIGHT-SIZE POT

When you are replanting a plant into a new pot, make sure to use a container the same size as the one the plant came in or no more than two inches larger. If a pot is too big, the excess soil can hold too much water- and this can rot the roots. It is essential that a pot should always have a drainage hole in the bottom.

 

 

6. CLEVER MATERIALS

Terra-cotta is a durable classic choice. These pots hold moisture longer (moisture evaporates through terra-cotta), which gives you a little advantage if you’re forgetful about watering. Make sure to use saucers that are glazed on the inside to protect floors and furniture.

 







7. HOW TO REPOT A PLANT

When you get home from your gardening shopping make sure to get your plants out of the plastic pots they are sold in. Before repotting, water thoroughly to hold the roots together.

 

 Fill the gap

• Step 1:  With the stem between your fingers, carefully turn the pot upside down and gently persuade the plant out of the pot.

 

• Step 2: Place a stone or a piece of terra-cotta over the new pot’s drainage hole. This will prevent the soil from coming out. Put an inch or so of potting mix in the pot.  Place the plant in the center of the pot.

 

• Step 3: Fill in around the roots with potting mix. Use a chopstick or a pencil to fill soil gently around the roots. Make sure to leave a quarter inch gap between the top of the soil and the rim of the pot. The space will help hold water so it can slowly soak in and thoroughly moisten the soil.

 

 


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