There are many tips and tricks that you should follow when bringing plants into your home, some are common, like knowing how much to water the plant, to how much light it should get. Below you will find a list of some suggestions about caring for your indoor garden. By using our Indoor Gardening Kitand following these few basic rules, you'll be able to grow beautiful, healthy indoor plants.
Indoor Gardening - Lighting for Your Plants
This is the first thing that you should consider when starting your indoor garden. Ask your self, or your nursery professional, how much light does the plant need? This is important because most houses wouldn't have enough light to handle a plant that needs a lot of light. So, the lighting in your house becomes essential even before you start indoor gardening. The amount of light in your house will determine what types of plants you should include in your indoor garden.
Indoor Gardening Tip - During the summer months put the plants outside, this will usually boost up the plant and give it a new spurt of energy
Indoor Gardening Tip - Because a plant will turn to the light, you should rotate the plant, this will promote an upright growth.
Indoor Gardening Tip - Condition your plants when you buy them. To condition your plant, place your new plant in the brightest spot you have in the house. This will give the plant the maximum amount of light your house has. Then gradually reduce the amount of light to be equal to the spot where you want to place the plant.
Indoor Gardening - Soil
Many experts will tell you to refresh the soil in your houseplants every year. To make sure your houseplants have good soil to grow in, we suggest you add SoilSyrup to your indoor plant care. With SoilSyrup, there's no need to go through the hassle and mess of changing potting soil, simply add SoilSyrup every time you water for healthier soil and better indoor gardening, container gardening, and houseplant care. It's that easy. Organic SoilSyrup is the most concentrated organic material available for improved plant growth and soil improvement. SoilSyrup's rich organic makeup is incredibly beneficial for improving the growth of all plants and quickly revitalizing soils. SoilSyrup is a must-have for good indoor gardening.
Indoor Gardening Tip - Add generous amounts of organic matter to your indoor garden. SoilSyrup is the easy way to apply extra organic material.
Indoor Gardening - Watering Your Plants
Watering is probably the most problematic area of indoor gardening. Most people over water and this can quickly kill the plant. Most plants should be kept moist but not wet and there are a number of ways to provide the plant with water that do not involve direct watering. The simplest way to maintain humidity is to mist the plants regularly and to use a water-absorbing gel like as AquaRocks. AquaRocks are great at keeping soil moist and holding water after waterings. You're plants only use the water when they need it. It's a great tool for indoor gardening and part of our Indoor Gardening Package. When watering a particular plant, you should pay attention to the variety, as some, such as cyclamen will benefit from bottom watering. Otherwise, watering from the top will suit most plants just fine. Or you can use our AquaSpikes for direct root watering. AquaSpikes are incredibly easy to use. You just screw them onto the top of old two-liter plastic bottles, saw the bottom off the bottle, and then sink them into the soil. Fill the bottle with water and liquid feed, and your watering is done for the next few days or even longer. When used with AquaRocks, one application can keep your soil moist for weeks! Sink them into the soil just a little bit for quick watering of shallow roots, or deeper for established plants, where surface watering often has difficulty penetrating down to new roots! You can set one in a houseplant and refill it in seconds with the watering can as you "do the rounds" of your indoor garden.
Not every plant has the same needs when it comes to watering, but there are some basic indoor gardening rules you should follow:
Indoor Gardening Tip - Wet the soil thoroughly, and the water should be able to drain out of the bottom of the pot.
Indoor Gardening Tip - When watering the plants, use water that is the same temperature as the room. This will insure that the plant doesn't have any shock from too cold or hot water.
Indoor Gardening - Temperature
Temperature is key to a plant's growth since most will go dormant if the temperature drops to low. When trying to find the appropriate place for a plant, good indoor gardening suggests you take note not only of the "average" temperature of the area, but also if the area gets frequent drafts, such as a doorway. As a general rule temperatures between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit, during the day and 10-15 degrees cooler at night. Avoid placing plants too close to windows since the air near the window can experience much higher or lower temperatures than that of the rest of the room.
Most plants can generally tolerate a much larger variation in temperatures than most people would expect. But if you think this might be the case, you need to adjust your care accordingly, For example, if you expect the temperature to be below the ideal range, such as in winter, reduce the watering amount or frequency. If the temperature will be higher than expected, give the plant additional water to maintain humidity.
Here are a few more indoor gardening tips to follow:
Indoor Gardening Tip - The temperature can go up or down by 10 degrees from the ranges above, it will not kill the plant.
Indoor Gardening Tip - Avoid rapid changes in temperature, either warmer or colder. Rapid changes in temperature can cause damage to your plant.
Indoor Gardening Tip - If a plant is grown at a hotter temperature than is needed, it will be small, weak. If it is grown in a too cool temperature the leaves will have a yellowish look and will fall off.
Indoor Gardening Tip - The level of moisture in the air can also effect how a plant grows. Low humidity, in most plants, will cause dry leaves and curling. Increase the humidity of the room with a humidifier, especially during winter when the heat is on and the humidity drops. You could also spray the leaves with water, but do it in the morning, if done overnight the leaves can rot.
Indoor Gardening - Fertilizing
There are a wide variety of fertilizer forms. Good indoor gardening includes the use of a balanced, non-burning fertilizer. Try our award winning fertilizer, Algoflash. Holder of over 28 Guinness World Records! Ideal for houseplant care and container gardening. Works great for growing orchids and growing roses.
Algoflash is a balanced fertilizer designed to deliver the 12 essential nutrients that plants need. It is non-burning and can be used every time you water. It also maintains the basic pH level of the soil, so that the plant can consume all these nutrients. Algoflash will not burn plants, making it perfect for hydroponics and indoor gardening. Algoflash is colorless and odorless. Unlike other blue fertilizers, this will not stain. And to make your fertilizer more effective, use SoilSyrup. SoilSyrup actually helps plants absorb nutrients more effectively for better houseplant care. You'll get more out of your fertilizer with SoilSyrup.
Indoor Gardening - Care and Grooming
It is important to keep plants clean and neat through regular grooming. This not only improves the appearance of plants but also reduces the incidence of insects and disease problems. Remove all spent flowers, dying leaves, and dead branches. Keep leaves dust-free by washing plants with warm water and mild true soap - avoid detergent which can cause damage to leaves and buds. Cover the pot to prevent soap from entering the soil. If tips of leaves become brown and dry, trim them off neatly with sharp scissors.
Humidity can be increased by placing plants on trays lined with pebbles and filled with water to within one half inch of the base of the pot. If you heat with wood, keep a pot of water on the stove.
Training includes a number of minor care activities that distinguish the beginner from the more experienced indoor gardener. For example, pinching is the removal of 1 inch or less of the stem tip and leaf growth, just above a node, to stimulate new growth below the tip and encourage lateral branching. Pinching can be a one-time or continuous activity, depending on the need and the desires of the plant owner. Frequent pinching will keep a plant compact, but well filled-out.
Pruning includes removal of plant material other than terminal shoot tips. Sometimes an entire branch or section of a plant should be removed for the sake of appearance. Disbudding is the removal of certain flower buds either to obtain larger blooms from a few choice buds or to prevent flowering of a very young plant (or recently rooted cutting) that should not bear the physical drain of flowering early.
Indoor Gardening - Putting Houseplants Outside for the Summer
When the weather warms in the spring, houseplants can be put outside. Don't be too anxious to move your houseplants outdoors, even a good chill can knock the leaves off tender plants. Check with your local Extension agent to find out what the last frost date is in your area. Monitor houseplants spending the warm months outside. Move plants to calmer spots if leaves are being wind damaged. If pots dry out rapidly, move plants into some protection from wind or shade, or repot if needed. Inspect your houseplants for signs of insect damage. Pest control is much easier and safer while the plants are outside for the summer than after you bring them in this fall. Houseplants that have been outside all summer should be allowed to make a fairly slow transition to indoor conditions. Quick changes in environment can result in yellowed foliage and leaf drop. To avoid injury, bring plants indoors before temperatures dip below 55° F, do not wait for frost warnings. Check for insect pests before you move the plants; it is easier to get rid of pests while plants are still outside. Rinse the plants' leaves, and soak pots in water for 15 to 20 minutes to drown most soil-dwelling pests.
Indoor Gardening - Acclimatization
Research conducted in Florida in the late 1970s revealed an interesting phenomenon. Tropical plants grown in full sun have leaves (so-called sun leaves), which are structurally different from the leaves of plants grown in shade (shade leaves). Sun leaves have fewer chloroplasts, and thus less chlorophyll. Their chloroplasts are located deep inside the leaves and the leaves are thick, small, and large in number. Shade leaves have greater numbers of chloroplasts and thus more chlorophyll, are thin, large, and few in number. When plants are grown in strong light, they develop sun leaves, which are photosynthetically inefficient. If these same plants are placed in low light, they must either change existing sun leaves into shade leaves or drop their sun leaves and grow a new set of shade leaves which are photosynthetically more efficient. To reduce the shock, which occurs when a plant with sun leaves is placed in shade, gradually reduce the light levels it is exposed to. This process is called acclimatization. The indoor gardener should acclimatize plants when placing them outdoors in summer by gradually increasing light intensities, and reverse the process again before plants are brought indoors in the fall. For newly purchased plants grown in high light conditions, acclimatize them by initially locating them in a high-light (southern exposure) area of your home and gradually moving them to their permanent, darker location over a period of 4 to 8 weeks.
By following these basic indoor gardening tips and using our Indoor Gardening Kit, you'll be able to grow beautiful healthy indoor plants and flowers.