7 Indoor Gardening Tips for the Absolute Beginners

A lot of people think indoor gardening is too complicated, especially, a family who lives in a small space or a family with kids. In this article, we will explain how you can excel at indoor gardening.

1. Pick the easy indoor plants to grow
One of the easiest indoor plants to grow is called Epiphyte or "Air Plant." Air plant is a kind of plant that doesn't need soil because it usually grows on other objects like rocks or other trees. Air Plant doesn't even require nutrients from the soil because it can absorb water and nutrients from the environment.

Plants in Cactus family is also another good choice due to low maintenance.

2. Position your plants wisely
Each area of the house has a different level of light, humidity, and temperature. The list below shows the best place to position your plants and types of plants,

- Entrance Hall: this area tends to be shady so plants with dark green leaves are suitable for this area.

- Living Room: the living is room is a perfect place to position most indoor plants, flowers, cacti, seasonal pot plants and bottle gardens.

- Dining Room: this area is also suitable for most indoor plants.

- Kitchen: herb is the ideal plant because you can use it cooking right away.

- Bathroom: since this area has such a high humidity, ferns are considered to be the best plant for this area.

- Main Bedroom: flowering indoor plants love the warm area with bright light as in the bedroom.

3. Go for bottle garden
Lots of people love the delicate look and feel of plants like mosses and ferns. But, they require moisture control. In order to grow mosses and fems properly, bottle garden or terrarium is the excellent choice. Because water from transpiration will be kept inside the bottle. This makes both plants and growing medium moist.

4. Water your plants properly
Many people think pests and disease are the major causes of houseplant death. If you think so too, you are absolutely wrong!

Overwatering and underwatering can cause significant damage to your beautiful indoor plants. The amount of water required can change based on humidity, light and season.

However, the fastest way to check if your plants got the right amount of water is to do a chopstick test. Stick a chopstick into the soil slowly and nicely. If it comes out pretty clean, you need to water your plants a bit now. If the chopstick comes out with some soils that look damp, it's still OK.

5. Protect your plants before vacation
Most plants can survive during a short vacation. To ensure that they stay safe and sound, you should water them properly before you leave home, move them to the coolest place in your home and cover them loosely with a plastic bag to keep the moisture. Doing this way, you can keep your plants in good condition for a week.

6. Avoid harmful pesticides
Even in the apartment in the downtown area, pest problems can be very serious. Using pesticides will raise concern, especially if you live with kids. Luckily, there are ways to handle the situations without using dangerous chemicals.

- Ants: put the pots on the tray of water so they can't spread further.

- Aphids, Leaf Hoppers, Mealybugs: spray them with the insecticidal soap. Insecticidal soap is produced from potassium fatty acid which is known to be quite safe (it's used in organic farming too). You can also spray ants with insecticidal soap. However, please note that this solution will work with the direct contact with pests.

- Earwigs: you can control earwigs by spraying Spinosad. Spinosad is made from bacterial fermentation and it's considered a natural product.

7. Learn how to use baking soda
One of the most versatile thing for the treatment of indoor plant disease is baking soda. It can be used to solve common problems such as gray mold, leaf gall, leaf spot fungus and powdery mildew. The easiest way to do is to move away from a pot in question, cut off infected parts and spray with the baking soda solution.

Do you like these indoor gardening tips? Do you find them useful?

- Nardozzi, Charlie. Urban Gardening for Dummies. Wiley, 2013.

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Last review and update: August 27, 2018

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