Having a little urban greenery inside your living space can do so much more than beautify your home. In fact, there are numerous benefits that an indoor garden can do well for you and the people you live with.
According to an article written by Karen Reed for Ecowatch, plants can aid in physical and mental healing without having to extract them for their juices. Just having a healthy abundance of greens surrounding you all the time can make you feel happier than those who don’t. This is because green is a naturally therapeutic color, and plants create a calming atmosphere when incorporated into a space.
Indoor Gardening 101
Now that you’ve finally decided to take your gardening prowess indoors, you’ll be surprised at the possibilities that’ll come knocking at your door. The idea of indoor gardening, however, isn’t all that new. In fact, an article from Gardeners discussed how this was a thing way back the Victorian times, with this trend resurfacing in 1970. All those years of people working with plants under their roofs had led to an accumulation of knowledge to support this ultimate guideline we are sharing to you now.
Let’s start with the basics: Space, Light, Soil, and Water.
- Consider the amount of space available.
Planning the placement of your plants is vital, and this will depend on whether you have an allotted room specifically for your garden or if you’re planning to integrate them into your interiors. The size of your plants should also determine where they should be placed. Vertical planting can be a space-efficient option, and this can be done by way of racks, shelving, and the like.
- Always provide adequate light.
There are numerous shade-loving ornamental plants that are low-maintenance and aesthetically-pleasing for your indoor spaces. Some plants need only a few hours of sunlight, so placing them near the windows can do the trick. If you’re looking to propagate fruits and vegetables indoors, you can install a grow lighting set-up that can assist in their growth and maximize yield.
Here are the recommended types of grow lights:
- Incandescent Lamps
- Fluorescent Lamps (T5 or CFLs)
- Metal Halide (MH) Bulbs
- High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Bulbs
- High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) Bulbs
- LED grow Lights (how to select one)
- Good planting medium can lead to longer life and better yield.
You can’t just dig up the soil from outside and use them for your indoor garden. There are appropriate soil mixes with the right nutrients and chemical contents available in the market, and using that can make the difference. You can also create your own potting mix with information available on the net or with this recipe from Planet Natural.
Also take note that you need to do some re-potting every year at the least.
- Water is life.
Some plants need to be watered regularly while some just need enough soil moisture, so this is something you should look into. Watering may come in the form of increasing the humidity of the room or area. In order to increase the humidity, you can do the following:
- Misting daily or as needed. Also take note that bacteria may fester when moisture resides longer on the surface of the leaves, especially the varieties that are hairy.
- Place the plants in cluster as in a micro-environment where humidity can be relatively different than the other areas of the house.
- Use a humidifier.
Hydroponics is also an innovative way of making sure your plants have easy access to water and nourishment even when you’re not around. This is particularly integrated into gardens specifically made for propagating produce. One of the good things about this is that you won’t need soil for this set-up.
Indoor Plants that Make the Cut
A medically-reviewed article from the Healthline discusses the need for clean breathing air in your home in order to reduce and prevent health issues. With that, here’s a list of indoor garden plants that were included in the top recommended plants of the NASA study on plants that purify the air by way of removing benzene and formaldehyde:
- Rubber Plants
- Spider Plants
- Bamboo Plants
- Chinese Evergreens
- Peace Lily
- Elephant Ear
- Reed Palm
An indoor garden definitely adds value and a sense of natural aesthetics to your home. Start working on it and grow it well to enjoy a more relaxing living space.