Don’t let the Jones’s show you up when it comes to your indoor garden – take your houseplants to the next level! These five secrets of indoor gardening are sure to brighten up your dull-looking indoor plants quickly and easily. Soon enough, all of your neighbors will be green with envy over the beautiful foliage in your home.
5 Secrets of Indoor Gardening
- Location is everything when it comes to plants. In order to make sure your plants are living to the fullest, you must learn the light requirements for each and provide that for them. If a plant needs a ton of light, place it near a window. If a plant does better in the shade, then keep it in a darker portion of your home. It’s that easy.
- Make sure you’re reading the tags of your plants before you buy them. This way, you can avoid buying plants that may not be right for your home. If you live in a house that doesn’t receive much light, then you probably shouldn’t purchase a plant that thrives in bright areas (unless you plan on providing some sort of special lighting for it).
- What kind of theme do you have for your home? If you tend to decorate with a tropical theme, maybe you should add onto the theme with a few tropical plants. Prefer southwestern décor? A cactus would be the perfect option. When buying plants, always keep in mind the style you are aiming for in your home. A plant can really add a little something extra to the look of a room.
- Yes, size does matter. Would you consider having a plant in your living room that can grow to be 10 feet tall? Probably not. Conversely, you probably wouldn’t want a single, small plant in a large space either – it just won’t have much of an impact on the look of the space. It would benefit you to conduct some research to determine how large a plant can get indoors before you decide to buy it.
- What kind of caretaker are you? Do you constantly water your plants? If so, a plant that thrives in moisture is the best option. However, if you tend to be slightly neglectful (it happens to the best of us!), an air plant or cactus may be the right plant for you. Generally, most indoor plants likes to have their soil thoroughly moistened and then watered again once the soil is almost completely dry. Stick your finger in the soil to check the moisture level, or you may even want to invest in a moisture-reading meter. Keep in mind, it appears that more plants seem to die from overwatering rather than underwatering.
Hopefully these five secrets will help you win the “Houseplants of the Month” in your neighborhood, but they won’t do you any good if you happen to run into problems with bugs or plant disease. If you find yourself fighting off nasty spider mites or pesky mold and mildew, simply spray down your plants with Pure 3-Way to treat them. This product uses lemongrass oil, a natural insecticide and fungicide, to get rid of any harmful issues safely and easily.