Add New Life to Your Home with an Indoor Garden

If there’s ever been one constant in home décor over the centuries, it’s been the indoor garden. Indoor gardens come in all shapes in sizes, from just a few plant carefully placed to elaborate displays. But there’s so much more to an indoor garden than just making your home look good.  Taking care of an indoor garden has been proven to reduce stress. So having an indoor garden can be a win, win scenario for sure. Here’s a few tips that can help you on your way to having success at starting your own home garden.

Some might hesitate to start a garden because they don’t think they have the green thumb like mother had. Better Homes and Gardens, all the way back in 1939, had this to say regarding “green thumbs”: “Mother's and grandmother's plants grew, not because of green thumbs, but because they were treated as living, feeling beings that required the same common-sense care as the canary or any other house pet."

And that’s just it: all you need to cultivate indoor plants is common sense. Just starting with the basics will help you gain success.  Sunlight and water are certainly the essentials, along with other factors such as nutrients, cleansing and care to deal with the dry environment of your home. Taking care of these basics will help you care for a garden you’ll be proud of.

Let There Be Light

Of course, light is the first step to helping plants thrive. How much light a plant needs depends on the type of plant and it’s native environment. Doing some basic research will give you the information you need on how much light your desired plant needs. Then consider your home’s design. Older homes, especially those from the Victorian era, were designed to let in plenty of light, making them ideal for indoor gardens. But not all of us live in such a home. Newer homes and apartments present a little more of a challenge because there are fewer natural light sources. But don’t let a little challenge stop you.

Most plants will thrive in south facing windows, as there are more hours of light for your plants to soak up what they need for photosynthesis. But if you only have north facing windows, try going with plants that require minimal light, such as a fern, spider plant, or African violet. Pothos don’t need any light to thrive, in case you have very little to no natural light available.

Get With the Program

Try to set a schedule for regular plant care, as this will also help them thrive.  This is also where research can be a big help. Make sure to schedule to water and feed your plants with plant food or fertilizer.  Cleaning the leaves of larger plants with a damp cloth periodically will help them stay healthy. Also check for mold or pests as this will indicate if your routine is effective. Periodically trim or thin out your plants on occasion.  You may also have to repot large plants in larger pots as they grow.

If your schedule doesn’t permit this level of commitment, why not start with plants that don’t require as much attention? Cactus, succulents, or bamboo plants are ideal choices. Succulents are a popular choice as they are easy to care for and offer unique textures and colors.

Of course there’s more to consider when it comes to having a thriving indoor garden. But with planning and patience, you can succeed. Check back on our blog every week for more real estate and home care advice.