Indoor Gardening Tips for Healthy Plants

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Bring nature inside and start an indoor garden to make your home more colorful, but be careful to follow these indoor garden tips. Plants are so soothing to look at, and many indoor gardeners feel that they add that extra little spark to any room. An added benefit is that plants are nature’s purifier, taking carbon dioxide out of our air and changing it to oxygen that purifies the air in your home. Mix up your plants; Try a few exotic or tropical plants, whatever you choose will make your room shine with their fresh beauty and colorful flowers. To preserve their beauty here are some indoor gardening tips to keep your plants lush and healthy.

Light is the one thing you can’t skimp on. Without this essential ingredient, your plants will wither and die. Each plant has different requirements, so for an indoor gardening tip here are some things to look for when shopping for houseplants. Ask the person at the nursery how much light the plants you are considering need. Some plants need direct sunlight, while others ask for indirect sunlight. For a direct sun plant, place the container near a window facing south. For indirect plants, they can be placed near a window, but hold them far enough so that their foliage does not burn. Plants that require little light, such as philodendrons, African violets or ferns, can be arranged anywhere in the room as long as a small natural light is filtered in.

Indoor gardening advice on watering your plants is always needed. If you overwater your plants you expose them to insects and diseases and you will eventually kill them. Overwatering will also rot the roots. Plants hate wet feet. After discussing the watering need with the nursery, invest a small amount of money in a water meter. The meter tells you the moisture level in the soil of the plants. They are extremely helpful in deciding whether or not to irrigate, and really cost little money, a very wise investment.

Another indoor gardening tip is to fertilize. At the nursery, they fertilized the plants to encourage them to grow so they can sell them to you. If you do not fertilize your plants, they will fall and wither. Find out from the center or from the internet what each planter’s feeding plan should be. The secret to keeping happy, lush plants is to feed them regularly.

You want to keep an eye on every plant for every pest. If you find pests on a plant, isolate it from the rest and treat it immediately. Don’t try to use pesticides on your plants, especially if it’s a plant you want to eat, like herbs.

A very good pesticide-free natural formula for extermination of pests is:

In a jar, combine 1 teaspoon dish detergent and 1 cup vegetable oil. Shake vigorously. In an empty spray bottle, combine 2 teaspoons of this mixture and 1 cup of water. Use at ten day intervals (or more often if necessary) to remove plants of white flies, mites, aphids, weights and other pests.

If you follow these few indoor gardening tips, you have beautiful houseplants that enliven each room. Take the time to enjoy your indoor garden. After all, let it relax and soothe you, that is why you planted an indoor garden.

Happy gardening!

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