6 Tips for Indoor Gardening

Indoor-plants-chives-225x300.jpgGardening is a favorite pastime of numerous aging parents, spouses, and others, and many lament the coming of cold weather which precludes this favorite outdoor activity. But why does this have to be the case? It’s possible to still enjoy gardening – albeit on a somewhat smaller scale – by introducing indoor plants to one’s home.

Tips

Experienced gardeners already know a great deal about how to treat their plants, but working indoors may require a little rethinking. So, for novice and expert alike, the following tips may allow aging parents to better introduce Nature into the indoor setting.

Pick the right plants. While some people can somehow make almost anything they plant come to life, for most aging parents it’s better to plan ahead a little. Talk with a local nursery or with others who have planted indoors, and see what they have had success with in the past.

Know the space. Every person’s home is different. When planning, think about such factors as which rooms have the most sunlight (and how strong that sunlight tends to be in winter), how much space is available near the windows in those rooms, whether furniture will need to be moved to accommodate plants, and if there is a heating source in the space that may have an impact (positive or negative) on particular plants. (By the way, plants that need strong sunlight tend to do better in windows that face to the north.)

Go bigger when considering containers. It’s generally better to pick containers that have plenty of room for the plants to grow. This helps the plants to expand their roots and can also prevent them from needing to be watered quite as frequently.

Use trays. The containers should have drainage holes in the bottoms, so make sure that they are placed within trays that can catch any excess water that leaks out.

Keep the air moist. Unless growing plants that prefer an arid atmosphere, it’s important to keep the air a bit damp. Spritzing the air and the leaves of the plants with water from a spray bottle can help. Some people may want to use a humidifier to add extra moisture, especially if their heating system tends to dry out the air.

Turn the plants regularly. Plants grow better if their access to sunshine extends across their whole bodies. It’s a good idea to turn them regularly so that all sides have the chance to absorb sunlight on a more-or-less equal basis.

Aging parents who enjoy gardening can keep their thumbs green all winter long with indoor plants – and be in good shape for returning to the outdoors when the weather turns warm again​.



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