Growing Plants Indoors

Kirsten

I just moved into a new apartment and brought along my recently inherited peace lily. It’s my first real, whole-hearted attempt at keeping a houseplant (besides bamboo) alive. Everything went swimmingly until the fourth day. I glanced at my prized plant and all of the leaves were drooping! What happened? Is it too close to the window? Too far from the window? Too close to the heat vent? Did I water too much or too less? I threw in some water, just in case, and made a mental note to “Google” it later.

Growing plants indoors is both rewarding and fun. Plus, it'll make the winter months fly right by!

All of the websites I looked at told me that the leaves will wilt when the plant needs water. BUT the plant can die from overwatering. So, basically, watch for wilting and then water? I can do that! I’ve since realized that even though some websites said that watering once a week is enough, I need to water mine every three or so days. My plant seems to be happy…for now.

Trying to keep this plant alive reminds me that indoor gardening isn’t as easy as it looks! I might just try my hand at herbs next.

Here are some tips for indoor gardening:

  • Decide what you want to grow indoors. Whether it’s veggies or herbs for cooking or a houseplant just for looks, make sure it works for your family.
  • Greens, radishes and green onions are good vegetables to try indoors. Herbs such as rosemary, thyme, chives, oregano, pineapple sage, bay and mint will provide nice texture and fragrance to your garden while adding flavor to your meals.
  • Availability, space and light are important. For most plants, you’ll need a sunny window or a grow light.
  • Make sure the pots have drainage holes and a saucer to catch the excess water. Place some pebbles in the saucer and set the pot on top. When you water thoroughly, the excess water collects in the pebbles below the pot. Then it evaporates, increasing the humidity around the plants.
  • Water your plants anytime the top few inches of soil is crumbly and dry, but wait to fertilize. Many potting mixes are fortified with fertilizer, so let your plants be your guide.

If you want more info, check out the full article on indoor gardening by Melinda Myers.

Now, what do I do about the yellowing leaves on my peace lily?

  1. marian says

    The best way to tell if ANY houseplant needs water is to stick your finger into the potting mix up to your first knuckle. If your fingertip is dry, water. If it’s damp, wait a day and test again. Repeat.

    It’s really that easy.

  2. Manzoor Javaid says

    Every home whether big or small, should accomodate the potted plants in the unutilized nooks and corners with little bit of diffused sunlight.This not only gives a refreshing look but, fragrance and healing touch as well.

  3. Chris says

    I heard electric radiators are a good method of heating indoor gardens, depending on what you’re growing in there! My house is quite cool because we keep the heating off, but we put one of these radiators in the room with our veg and it’s doing a good job :)

  4. Martha S. says

    Interesting tip on finding out if the soil in your pot needs watering – just put your finger in up to your knuckle. I use it now and it works great. I mostly grow indoor and outdoor vegetables. Indoor during the winter and outdoors the rest of the year. One of my favorite plants to grow is tomatoes. If you like plants as much as I do then you have to read this article on tomato cloning.

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