Do you have a green thumb but no outdoor garden? Or, maybe you want to try a new and healthy hobby? If so, you’re likely to enjoy Dave Landry Jr.’s guest post on indoor gardening beginner tips.
Some of us don’t have the space outdoors to create a garden, but maybe we still want to grow our favorite plants or flowers… inside the home instead. If you’re not sure where to begin, check out this indoor gardening beginner guide.
1. Choose the Right Plants & Indoor Locations
Creating an indoor garden, however, might limit your plant or floral choices. Not every variety can be grown indoors successfully. Thankfully, there are many hearty houseplants. To find out which ones they are, go to your local nursery and talk to an expert there about the plants they would recommend for in-home decorating and gardening.
Your nursery will be able to tell you how much sunlight and water each plant needs. Unlike with outdoor gardens, you won’t turn on the sprinklers or even deep-water your plants. You will will need to be mindful of water. Choose locations that help these plants grab their optimum amount of sunlight, while also ensuring that they add to the ambiance of your home. You can use hanging baskets to create a rustic aesthetic in a room.
Once you know the plants and flowers that will survive and thrive inside your home, it’s time to think about how to arrange your indoor oasis. Here are some suggestions for taking the greenery indoors:
2. Dear Indoor Gardening Beginner: Ask about Pests
Pests can harm plants and flowers, and no homeowner wants bugs in their home! But be careful with pesticides, as some chemicals can be irritating or a hazard to your health.
Before spraying anything, be sure to talk to a plant expert about the safest solutions for keeping pests from invading indoor plants. And while you’re at it, look for natural ways to clean the home as an alternative to using harsh chemical solutions.
3. Beware of Poisonous Plants!
Some plants may be toxic to kids or pets. If you have small children or pets, be sure to ask your local expert about the safety of plants. Yes, a plant variety may be ideal for the home, but it also might make your favorite pet sick… or worse.
4. Oxygenation and Indoor Gardening
All greenery helps oxygenate the environment. All plants utilize photosynthesis, and this process removes carbon dioxide from the air while releasing oxygen.
5. Plants May Help You Grow Socially
Gardening also opens the door to a new social network. If you’re becoming passionate about your indoor garden, consider joining a local gardening club or group. You’ll expand your social presence and probably learn quite a few tips!
6. Indoor Gardening Benefit: Some Plants Help Heal
Aloe plants are popular for in-home gardening. Why? The gel of this plant may help soothe burns and cuts. Just pop open a leaf and scoop out some gel. The plant also may help soak up fumes from paint.
7. Green is Soothing
According to CNN, experts say that the color green may calm us. So just looking at those plants may have a benefit to your overall mood. The beauty of nature, indeed!
While your outdoor space might be small or nonexistent, make use of the indoors to create a lush indoor garden. You’ll need some planting pots and a bit of a green thumb, but even the most inexperienced gardeners can find plants that are easy for the indoors (think cacti!). Indoor gardening brightens up the room, oxygenates the atmosphere, and can help you branch out socially too.
So head to your local nursery and stock up on indoor plants to green-up your home!
About Dave Landry Jr.
Dave Landry Jr. applies his passion for all things personal finance to helping clients save more of their hard earned money. He’s a personal finance manager, debt relief counselor, and blogger who writes about personal finance topics to help readers with money matters.
Dave lives in Southern California with his wife of 9 years and three wonderful children. Find him on Twitter at @davelandryjr.