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Tips For Indoor Gardening

Indoor gardening is a fun thing and it also adds a touch of nature and hominess to your house. There are many types of indoor gardens available for people. Some consider their plant boxes their gardens in their house while others think indoor gardening pertains to hothouses. While house gardens are fairly natural to most people, hothouses are for those who really love to tend to plants and do not mind the time and effort they spend in their plant house. Let us assume that the readers of this article are interested in indoor gardening for houses or apartments.

Indoor Gardening In Your House or Apartment

Indoor gardening in the houses or apartments does not need a lot of time and effort on your part. The two essential things that a plant will need are sunlight and water and these can be dealt with efficiently if you have the know-how of how much water and sun the plants will need. The most responsible thing you can do if you plan on indoor gardening is to first learn which plants are suitable for the indoors or can withstand being indoors most of the time.

Once you have decided which plant you want, you can choose what kind of container you will need for your indoor plant. Putting plants in pots or other containers adds to their versatility to be transferred from one spot to another. This is the advantage of potting a plant whereas, plant boxes will be heavier to lift and transfer.

Now all you have to do to start indoor gardening is to plant your plants. There are certain plants that need extra care awhile others just need watering at least once a day and they are fine. Certain containers for plants are porous so you have to bear in mind the amount of water you will need to water them. Water may seep through and ultimately put a damp spot on your carpet or floor. A plastic container with a platter at the bottom to hold excess water is the right container for indoor gardening.

Plants need sunlight to produce their food. They use a process called photosynthesis to do this. Some plants need constant sunlight to be healthy while others enjoy their time in the shade and do not need a lot of light. To compensate for sunlight, you can use incandescent or fluorescent lights for your plants. Care must be given to the closeness of the lights to the plant because lights generate heat.

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Gardening Tip #11

Some plants require re-potting for optimum growth but there are others that resent having their roots disturbed. Or their roots system may be small enough that they don't require re-potting. One way to check if your plant needs re-potting is to turn it upside down. Tap the pot to release the plant and check its roots. If roots are all you see, then re-pot. Sometimes the roots will come out of the pot. You should either cut them off or re-pot the plant.