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Indoor gardening tips to maximize plant growth

Gardening is not an easy task. Sometimes some plants grow poorly and some plants even die without any reason. Whether you choose the option of traditional gardening or indoor gardening, nurturing the plants in the right manner is a very important aspect of gardening. Indoor gardening is not very much different from growing plants outside your home. Indoor gardening is simply a technique used to grow plants indoor. If you are having indoor gardening then plants will require more nurturing in order to grow faster. So how can you maximize the plant growth in your garden? Check out the following tips to maximize plant growth:

1.  Garden planning

garden planning for indoor garden

Before you start indoor gardening, you need to plan out which types of plants you want to grow in your living space. Because some plants will not suitable to grow in the temperature of your home and some plants will not grow if they don’t get the right environmental condition. First of all, decide – what is your purpose behind choosing indoor gardening? – Some people grow flowers to make their home beautiful, some people want to have fresh herbs and some people don’t have outdoor space for gardening. So plan your garden in advance and choose the right plants according to the environmental condition of your home.

2.  Temperature matters

temperature factor for indoor gardening

Most of the plants experience day-to-night fluctuation of at least 10 degrees F. Some plants such as herbs requires sunlight for minimum 6 hours. Some flowering plants require a period of dormancy before they will set bud and flowers. The temperature matters a lot when it comes to growing plants. The hotter the plant gets, the faster it grows. You should also keep your windows clean to allow as much as sunlight possible. When the temperature goes up, the requirement of Carbon dioxide also goes up. According to research, plants grow healthier if Carbon dioxide level exceeds 20,000 ppm. If you live somewhere where winter months stay longer, then you should consider growing those plants which don’t require a huge amount of light.

3. Adequate light

lighting for indoor gardening

Each plant has a different need for lighting. Some plant will still grow if they get diffused light. While some plants will mandatory need 12 hours of bright light. You can choose the location of plants in your home as per the convenience of light. For example, you should keep flowering plants within 3 feet of the south-facing window. Plants that can grow in diffused light can be placed 6 to 8 feet away from the south-facing window. You can also move plants around so that each plant can get maximum light and warmth. When you want to grow your plants in days of winter, you can use supplemental lighting such as LED light. These types of lights are specifically designed to replicate the effects of the sun. Providing enough light to your plants is not enough. You should also keep your plants away from heaters, registers, and drafts.

4. Increase humidity

humidity in indoor gardening

The ideal humidity for plants is 50% or more. Though plants can survive at 30 to 40% too. For more humidity, you can also grow plants together. When plants grow together, they release moisture into the air. Another way is to arrange your plants on a gravel-filled tray containing 1/4 inch of water. When the water evaporates, it will humidify the air around your plants. To create humidity around your plants, you can choose various techniques such as misting with a small spray bottle, using wider pebble tray than the plant, use deep glass or bowl etc. you can even use humidifier or vaporizer.

5. Water

watering indoor plants

Many of the plants die from overwatering. Your plants don’t require regular watering, if the weather is cool and cloudy. Your plants will require frequent watering in case of sunny and warm weather. You can also check the soil of the plant to decide whether plants need watering or not. Avoid using water that is chemically softened. Those chemicals contain salt which is harmful to plants. Whenever you water your plants, drench the root ball until you see some water seep out the bottom of the pot. This way you will get surety that entire root ball is moistened.

6. Nutrients

importance of nutrients in indoor gardening

All plants require some basic nutrients for growth and maintenance. Some nutrients are taken from air and water but most of the nutrients are taken from the soil. If your plants don’t get enough nutrients then they will not grow faster. For nutrients, you can utilize fertilizers. Before you apply any type of fertilizer, make sure to water your plants thoroughly. From time to time, drench the soil with clean water to avoid buildup of fertilizer salts.

Each plant has different kind of requirement to grow faster. For example, for planting herbs you will need to have the pot with a drainage hole. Because herbs need plenty of water to flourish. Choose the plants which can grow easily in your home. You can try growing carrots, lettuce and cherry tomatoes in your indoor garden.

It is true that with sound gardening practices, you can grow healthy plants in your home. If your plants are healthy and well nurtured then they will look great in your home. Moreover, indoor gardening is also beneficial for health and mental wellbeing. The best thing about indoor gardening is – garden pests can’t get at your plants. We hope that you will follow the above tips to maximize plant growth of your indoor garden. Happy planting!

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