One of the best ways to make a house a home is to have indoor plants throughout. There is just something calming and peaceful when a home is filled with plants. Most houseplants come from tropical areas and they were the plants on the floor of the jungle or woods. Since the canopy of the taller trees allowed in such little light, the plants on the floor bed learned to grow with minimal light. A lot of rainwater still made its way down, so most tropical plants like to be well watered but can also go a week or so without it. Once you learn a few basic steps, growing an indoor plant garden is quite easy.
How to Start an Indoor Plant Garden
The easiest indoor plant to keep alive is the Peace Lily. This plant only needs to be watered weekly and the leaves will droop if it gets too dry and then it’s best to sit it in a basin of water and it will pop right back up. It also continuously blooms and is the most popular indoor plant to grow. As with most plants, allowing them to sit in a couple inches of water in the sink or tub and letting the water be pulled up from the bottom is always preferable than to watering the plant from the top. If you have to water top down, make sure you water it in enough, but not too much that the roots are water logged the next day. Measure the water in the beginning so you know how much your plant uptakes in a 24-hour timespan.
If you are looking to add a couple hanging plants to your indoor garden, you can’t go wrong with either a fern or a spider plant. These two are both fairly easy to grow, need minimal attention, and reproduce like crazy. They both will send off shoots which can then be cut off from the mother plant and given to friends and neighbors.
I love flowering indoor plants, but they can be a little bit more finicky to grow. I tend to grow Kalanchoes and Anthuriums the most. Kalanchoes come in yellow, pink, orange, and red and the only real maintenance with them is that you have to deadhead the blooms once they have expired. Some varieties will bloom continuously and others about 4-6 times a year. They do need a little bit of blood meal added to the soil to help with flower production. Anthuriums on the other hand are much easier. They will send up those crazy looking red and pink blooms all year long and you just have to snip it off at the base once it starts to turn brown. Their flowers stay beautiful up to three weeks!
Whether they are green or flowering indoor plants remember to keep them out of direct sunlight from windows as the glare can burn their leaves. Also, they don’t like the AC and especially the heater blowing on them. If it is overly dry in your home or hotter than 75 degrees, mist the plants every couple of days. Always remember, these plants originated in a tropical area and like it a little more on the damp side.
Enjoy your indoor plant garden – they are a lot of fun and bring peace to your home.
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Kristi Trimmer is currently running half marathons across the U.S. and blogging about her journey. At the beginning of 2012 she couldn’t run across the parking lot and in 2013 she ran 10 half marathons. Follow her journey on DragonflyRunning.com as she shares her running adventures and helps to motivate others to make positive life changes that include eating healthy and having fitness be a part of the lives and not a dirty little word.