Indoor Gardening Tips That Will Make the Room Bloom
Posted on July 27, 2016
Is it just me, or is it getting hot out here? I love
gardening as much as the next green thumb, but when temperatures rise and the
day gets longer, there’s not much upside to gardening outdoors as there was
before. I love nurturing and watching my plants grow, but how can I play in the
dirt when the only thing I’m thinking about is the sweet relief of a cool
As much as I enjoy gardening, the sweltering heat often
deters me away. That’s when I like to take my gardening indoors. There are
plenty of plants that actually fare better indoors than they do outdoors, from
herbs, to succulents, to plants that cleanse the air.
To make your room really bloom, follow a few of these indoor
gardening tips and be the envy of everyone on the block.
Use Your Windowsills to Grow Herbs
Herbs grow best in sunny, sheltered locations like your
kitchen windowsill. Not only will the addition of herbs like basil, parsley,
dill, and mint and a pop of nature to the room, they smell good and are useful
A good start to growing herbs at home is to simply scatter a
few seeds on the surface of damp, well-draining soil. Cover the seeds and soil
with a clear plastic bag (or any clear covering, like glass) to trap the
humidity, and place the container somewhere bright and warm like your windowsill.
Once the seeds have sprouted, remove the covering. Easy!
What’s wonderful about windowsill herbs is that you can cut
the herbs as you need them and they’ll continue to grow—replenishing your
supply of fresh herbs. You can harvest your herbs regularly to encourage new
Recycle Glass Jars for Air Plants and Succulents
Air plants and succulents are truly beautiful and unique
plants. Their beauty transcends the beauty of other typical house plants, and
therefore warrant prominent display.
A trend that has been gaining popularity is to use empty
glass containers such as mason jars, bottles, and vases to house these types of
plants. These glass containers are perfect for air plants and succulents
because they let a ton of sunlight come through while allowing you a full view
of your pretty plants.
Air plants only need a light misting every now and again, so
you won’t need any drainage holes in your glass containers. If you decide you
want to put succulents inside these glass jars, make sure you’re extra careful
about overwatering, or make your own drainage hole in the jar. One method is to
use a diamond drill bit to slowly and carefully bore a hole into the glass.
You can hang these glass containers from the ceiling, mount
them to the walls, rest them on your shelves, or even have them float on water.
Whichever way you choose to display your plants, they’ll be sure to catch a
glance or two.
Bring an Orchid into Your Home
Orchids often get a bad rap for being a difficult and
temperamental plant to grow. Yes, there were some species of orchids that were
challenging to maintain, but things have changed. Gardeners worldwide have been
breeding species of orchids together for years in order to come up with hybrids
that are easy to take care of and are equally beautiful. More likely than not,
you will encounter hybrid orchids.
To make sure your orchid survives, it’s best to think about
how orchids survive in the wild. These plants typically grow off tree bark and
other branches, absorbing the water they need from the air and whatever drips
off the tree. They don’t root in the soil—too much water will kill them.
Remember to not overwater, and your orchid will thrive. Pot your orchid in bark
chips, stones, or tree fern to make sure their roots stay well-aerated and that
the water drains quickly. Water your orchid minimally and make sure that it
dries thoroughly before its next watering.
Orchids need moderate amounts of indirect light. A good rule
of green-thumb is to look at the color of the orchids leaves. Leaf color will
indicate if the amount of light is adequate. A grassy green color means the
plant is receiving sufficient amounts of light to bloom.
Purify and De-Stress with Pretty Plants
Did you know that some of the prettiest plants can help purify
the air and lower your stress levels? Talk about some functional decorations.
According to NASA research,
plants remove toxins from the air every 24 hours. The research discovered that
plants purify indoor air by pulling the contaminants out of the air and into
the soil, where root zone microorganisms convert them into food for the plant.
Isn’t that neat?
Not only will these pretty plants beautify your home and
purify the air, they’ll reduce your stress levels too! According to a 2008 Dutch study,
hospital patients with plants in their rooms reported lower stress
levels and higher recovery rates than patients without them.
If that didn’t convince you to add some de-stressing, air-purifying
plants to your home, maybe their beauty will. Here are some of the most
beautiful (and popular) indoor plants to choose from:
Rubber Plants and Janet Craigs
Mum and Gerbera Daisies
Don’t waste your money on those expensive HEPA air filters
when you can own a few of these beautiful air-purifying plants. These plants are
a delight to look at and will deliver the same results, if not better.
The Secret Garden in Your Home
When the sweltering heat drives you away from your garden
outdoors, consider nurturing the garden inside your home. From windowsills to
shelves, your home has an abundance of valuable plant real estate. Not only
will your home’s beauty benefit from the addition of these plants, but you can
reap the benefits too.
From lowered stress levels, to easier breathing, to fresh
herbs on hand, to being the envy of the block—indoor gardening is a hobby you
should look into.
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