Indoor Gardening Tips from a Busy Mom
It’s hard enough keeping your kids safe, fed, and alive, so why would you want to add plants to the mix? Indoor gardening is an easy and rewarding process, even for busy moms. By picking the right plants that are hard to destroy and spending just a little time each week, your house can be an oasis full of live plants. Here are some indoor gardening tips:
Picking the right plants and containers is vital to your indoor gardening success. There are lots of easy indoor plants, and most are almost impossible to kill. Look for a solid pot around the same size or slightly larger than what the plant came in. A hardy plant with a larger base, such as the Ponytail Plant, requires a container with more room to grow and thrive. Always make sure pots have drainage holes in the bottom so the roots don’t begin to rot. Material matters for pots-resin and fiberglass are modern options that hold moisture well so you don’t have to water as often. And they come in a variety of styles that are sure to look good in any home.
Most easy indoor plants do well with moderate amounts of light, but always read the plant tag to ensure your plants get the right amount of light. Some plants need direct light, meaning head-on sun, for more than six hours per day. At the opposite end of the spectrum, low light plants don’t need direct sun and do well in a room that doesn’t get much light. Experiment with your plants in different parts of the house, taking into account the direction the windows face and what time of day the sun arrives. Observe the light patterns for a few days to find the perfect plant location. Cactus and succulent plants do well in medium to bright light that can be found in most houses. Combine them all into this beautiful Medium Cactus Garden for a hardy option.
Watering Indoor Plants
Most beginning and busy gardeners admit that watering houseplants is the most intimidating part of the whole process. Ease some of your anxiety by picking resilient plants that can go a few days between watering and will survive if you miss a watering session. A great option is the Succulent Mix in Wood and Wicker Basket, which can thrive for years with minimal water.
Follow the instructions on the plant tags for specific watering information for your plants. Consider how much sun the plant gets and the container for how long it will retain water. If all else fails, stick your finger in the dirt to see how dry it is. Water just until water starts to come out the bottom of the pot. Be careful-over-watering is just as dangerous as under watering.
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