Nowadays, more people are choosing to reside in smaller residential spaces such as flats, apartments, and condominium units. This is because the rates for most types of houses continue to surge in the real estate market. There's also the lack of space in cities that experience constant urbanization and land development.
For plant lovers, it can be difficult to keep plants indoors without the handy space and sunlight exposure in residential properties with vast yards. However, there are plenty of methods that can help make your indoor plants thrive and grow lush. Below are several tips and tricks on successful indoor gardening:
Choose your soil wisely
According to Balcony Garden Web, regular garden soil is inappropriate for indoor gardening. This is because it consists of other organisms like insects and weeds that can turn plant-growing into an absolute headache.
By opting instead for farmland, you can be assured that your plants will be provided with substantial nutrients while being assisted by its compressive composition in holding the roots together more effectively.
Play up the aesthetics
Who says you need a landscaped yard to create a visually appealing garden? By incorporating aesthetically pleasing elements and materials, you can make your indoor garden look as beautiful as an outdoor oasis.
Invest in high-quality items such as planters and decorative stones. For hanging planters, there are multiple varieties you can choose from such as ceramics, metal, macrame, and plastic. As for pots, you can purchase vinyl boxes or if you want some added exquisiteness, go for Italian planters.
Italian planters are handmade terracotta pots or bowls, which are commonly derived from galestro clay. By placing your plants in these crafts, you can take pride in having foreign soil (literally) in your home. As for the décor, you can add shiny crystals or textured pebbles for a stylish and more put-together vibe.
Take it easy on the H2O
Like all living creatures, plants need water to survive. However, over-watering can kill indoor plants because air spaces may get filled up with too much fluid, inducing suffocation. Therefore, it's best to only water your green buddies when necessary. Check the soil to see if at least two inches have grown dry. This is the perfect time to grab the watering can and revitalize your plants. Remember to drain them completely, and don't let the pots sit in a water-filled saucer.
Give the leaves a regular cleanup
If you live near roadways, dust will be your everyday enemy. Unfortunately, dust accumulation in leaves can hinder photosynthesis, especially since the light your plants are receiving are typically limited.
Make it a habit to wipe the leaves of your plants with a clean wet rag. Alternatively, you can put them in the shower until they're clean. Don't overdo this option, though, since (as previously mentioned) indoor plants should not be watered excessively.
Indoor gardening can be a struggle for city dwellers. However, with the right amount of time and effort, you can definitely foster an Eden-like foliage in your home.