Plenty of people dream about starting a garden in the summer, but then reality strikes. Extreme heat and bugs make gardening less enjoyable, even when you’d keep all your plants on your apartment patio or balcony. We’ve got just he right summer guide for indoor plants to avoid the unpleasantness of outdoor cultivation.
There are a few key differences to know before you start shopping for cute pots and flower seeds. Learning about them will help you fill your apartment with happy plants that thrive all year long.
You can also use indoor plants to improve your health. Some popular varieties provide potential health benefits and purify air.
Here’s everything you need to know so your indoor garden is everything you want it to be.
1. Learn about drainage
Outdoor plants in the ground have the advantage of unlimited space for water drainage. Potted varieties don’t get that benefit. It’s essential to know about drainage and how to do it correctly.
Most indoor pots won’t have holes for drainage, which increases the likelihood of overwatering and bacteria growth. Putting rocks in the bottom before adding the soil will give the water a chance to evaporate so your plant’s roots can breathe.
2. Be mindful of sunlight
A summer guide for indoor plants is incomplete without information on sunlight. Some plants prefer direct sunlight and others can only take it for a short period each day. Research any plants you want to buy or grow to learn how much time they need in the sun. You’ll have to move your pots around often so specific flowers don’t get dried out or killed from a lack of sunlight. Find out which areas of your apartment get the lightest to determine where to keep your potted plants.
4. Replant as you need
Larger plant species will eventually need bigger pots so their roots have space to grow. If you notice them coming out of the container or pushing the plant out, you’ll need to replant in a bigger pot to prevent root congestion.
If you think your larger plants would thrive outside, don’t worry about not having a yard. You can always build a composite raised garden bed to give them room to grow. Just make sure to water your outdoor plants more often since they’ll have to deal with the extreme heat for months.
5. Create a routine
Creating a routine is the best thing you can do for anything you grow. Write down when to water everything and how often to rotate your plants in or out of the sunlight. You can even log when to add fertilizer or move them outdoors if you plan to do so. A scheduled routine will keep you on track so your plants don’t wither and die.
Do your research
As long as you research and continue to learn about any plants you’re interested in growing, and put your summer guide for indoor plants to use, you’ll have a lovely indoor garden. After you get used to your new plant-care routine, tending to them will bring immense joy and create a unique sense of peace and calm.
AUTHOR: KACEY BRADLEY
Kacey Bradley is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Guides for Brides, Hotel Online and more!