In the winter months most of us have our outside gardens closed down and begin to focus on indoor gardening ! So this month we’ll be reintroducing our Indoor Gardening Box and we have 4 awesome tips on how to care for your plant babies !
Indoor Garden Care
Not every type of indoor plant needs the same type of care so it’s important to always read your seed packet or the information that came along with your plant for specific instructions. You can usually find the info on the back of the packet.
The Right Pot
You’ll want to make sure the pot you choose has drainage holes at the bottom. It shouldn’t be more than a few inches wider in diameter than the plants roots. If it’s a plant that’ll grow pretty big, you can always transplant it later. If you start off in the larger pot, the plants roots won’t be able get absorb enough water.
Plastic pots are super lightweight which makes them ideal for wall and ceiling hangs. Terracotta plans, my personal aesthetic fave, is heavier and more porous, which means it doesn’t hold water as well as plastic.
The Right Light
Different plants require different amounts of light and it’s a matter of life or death for them. With the exception of cacti and other succulents, most indoor plants require indirect light. These plants will do best on a windowsill that’s facing west. For plants that require bright light but not necessarily sun, they do best by south facing windows. Plants that are happiest when it’s shady belong on the eastern perimeter of your home.
The Right Soil
You’ll want to use potting soil for your indoor plants. It’s very different than store-bought soil for outside and natural soil. Potting soil mixes usually include peat moss, shredded pine bark, perlite, and vermiculite. High-quality potting soil helps plant roots grow by providing the perfect balance of nutrition, aeration, and water absorption.
The Right Water
It’s a lot easier to drown your plants than to dry them out. Most only need to be kept moist and not actually wet at all. Succulents are the exception and need soaked every now and then. In general, pour water slowly into soil until it trickles out from the drainage holes. Once a week is fine. Every other week in the winter months. An easy way to check if your plant needs a drink is to stick your finger two inches deep into the soil. If it feels dry, then it’s most likely time to water !
Do you have any tips about indoor gardening ? We’d love to know what they are in the comments ! Next week we’ll talk about transplanting your potted plants. Sign up so that you don’t miss it 🙂