Don’t worry though, a lack of outside space doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some greenery. All you have to do is bring the garden indoors!
For city-dwellers with little space, a windowsill and some light is all you need to get started. Not only do plants cleanse your household air, they can improve the aesthetics of any indoor space and even produce food!
Shelves can also provide a great place to grow a row of plants, whilst for larger growers a table or bench may be better suited. Wherever you find space, it is vitally important to remember that your plants need access to light.
Plants need light in order to generate food and survive. Photosynthesis only happens when they are exposed to enough light, so we recommend making sure the window your plants are near gets plenty of sunlight during the daytime. If it is proving tricky to get find an adequately lit space, indoor lightbulbs can provide what they need and even produce some heat.
65-75°F (18-24°C) is the perfect temperature for most plants, however always check when planting combinations together. Some may require different temperatures in order to flourish.
A lack of humidity in the house can be a challenge when gardening indoors. If the leaves on your plants are turning brown, leaves are falling off regularly or the plants look withered they are likely to need some more moisture. Mist your plants as often as needed with a spray bottle to keep them looking lush and green.
Indoor gardens require a loose soil that drains well, which contains enough organic matter to hold nutrients and moisture. Soil found outside is not best suited as it is often heavy and may contain critters, so leave it where it is!
Watering your plants on a regular basis is essential as they are not getting that natural downpour they would experience outside. Use enough so that it runs through the drain holes on your pot however don’t let the water collect under the plant on the dish or saucer it is sitting on as this can lead to disease and rot.
On top of this, using leaf wipes can keep plant leaves clean and shiny with dust and dirt being removed allowing plants to breathe freely.
Plants which are grown indoors can require a boost of nutrients which they don’t get from being outside. Organic fertilisers for indoor plants can be found at many garden centres with guides of how to use them with your indoor garden.
We hope this has helped all of our green-fingered friends! Have you got any stories or pictures of your indoor plants? We would love to hear from you on our Facebook or Twitter.