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10 Tips for a Successful Indoor Garden

Author
Laura Lifshitz
February 2, 2021

With winter here, we may miss our outdoor garden, but that doesn’t mean we have to give up our green thumb altogether! While houseplants, vegetables and other items may not grow as quickly in the winter (they slow down, just like us!), this doesn’t mean you need to say goodbye to the garden until spring. In fact, having an indoor garden can be lovely, if you know how to care properly for it.

One of the other benefits, is less worry over weeding! Many avid gardeners bust their tail feathers to get rid of pests and weeds, often using weed-killers that could even be detrimental to their health unknowingly, just for the sake of their garden. For example, Roundup, weed killer has a known potential side effect of causing Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. As of March 2020, there have been over 43,000 claimants and legal cases, and approximately $250 million dollars awarded from Roundup in punitive damages for failing to warn consumers of dangers. Talk about one very solid reason to make an indoor garden!

In any event, if you’re ready to put your green thumb to use at home, here are X tips to helping your indoor garden thrive and survive:

1. Watch the H2O

For about 8 years, I had a cyclamen plant that lived! I was so happy. It was bought as a “cheer-up” gift from my mom after I had a miscarriage.

What killed my beautiful cyclamen? Well, this beautiful plant that does very well in fall and winter, was overwatered—and also, needed to be repotted… but that’s another story.

Be mindful of how much you water your indoor plants and garden. They need less water in the winter and if there is too much water, the soil’s air-spaces will be choked, which is no bueno. Always check for water first and make sure the soil is dry about two inches down into the soil.

2. Drain Your Plants

In addition to minding the amount of water you’re using with your plants, make sure the water is draining properly out the bottom of the pot your plant is in. Use a sink or bucket to have it drain. Don’t let that precious plant sit in the water!

3. Up The Humidity

Just like the dry indoor air kills our skin, plants don’t like that dryness either. Your indoor garden needs extra humidity. Just add some rocks in a saucer and fill that with water around your plants, but be sure the bottom of the pot isn’t sitting in the water as it will become over-watered. You can also run a humidifier for your plants, and place plants together in a group to hell amp up the humidity for your green babies.

4. Give Them a Trim

Take a look at your indoor plants. While wintertime isn’t their biggest growth period, pruning them will help them grow more, just the way you get trims on your hair to encourage growth.

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5. Pick the Proper Containers

Make sure your plants are in the right “home” in order to grow and thrive. The pot or container you use per plant should be enough room so the plant’s roots can grow. My cyclamen didn’t have enough room—which contributed to her sad death. If you’re growing greens like spinach or kale, make sure these plants have about 5 inches free for their roots to grow.

6. Pass on the Fertilizer

You won’t need to add any fertilizer to your plants in the winter, saving you both money and time!

7. Let the Light Shine… & Watch the Heat

First things, first: keep your plants away from the following things:

-Cold windows

-Heaters

-Drafts

Make sure you let in as much sunshine and heat as you can. This may mean moving your plants periodically to ensure they get enough light.

8. Replace Soil & Trim Roots

This was another thing I failed to do for my cyclamen:

Make sure to replace the soil with new potting soil in a nice clean pot when starting out. You may need to trim the root ball a bit.

9. Avoid Outdoor Dirt

Don’t use outdoor dirt and soil for your indoor plants otherwise you may bring in nasty pests from the outdoors. Yuck! This could also damage your indoor plants. Use a commercial potting mix instead. Choose a lightweight one so your plant roots have the ability to grow without being smashed down.

10. Choose For Your Space

The last tip I’d recommend is to be sure you choose the right plants for your size space, and also, the right plants for your time. If you have enough time, by all means—develop your garden! But if you have less time, keep your garden small.

If you or a loved one have been harmed by Roundup you may be entitled to compensation.

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