Indoor gardening has been trending worldwide, and has become such a phenomena, that from large mansions, to tiny homes, indoor plantation has become a certainly voguish style. While huge houses can afford a bit of atrium space to accommodate this trend, and gain exposure to ample amount of sunlight, the small home owner is left struggling with the repercussions of planting indoors, and dealing with unfavorable situations in terms of eventual withering of an otherwise thriving system. So here, in this article, we would be discussing some easily applicable tips, and techniques that would help your indoor garden thrive, and bloom.
1. Avoid rooms with cold temperature
Most of our indoors have automated central heating, and cooling systems, and if you live in a place where summer takes the longer term on the climate control chart, then the house must be centrally cooled. In such cases, make sure that your plants are not placed in a room with a temperature that would be too artificially cool to induce proper growth. What you can do is, affix your indoor plants in a corridor, or a space where the artificial cool does not affect the plants – maybe in front of a window, or underneath a small skylight.
2. Optimize Sunlight
As one of the prime ingredients in the growth of plants, sunlight is definitely an essential for an indoor garden space. Keeping that in mind, you might want to affix your indoor garden in front of a window, facing the highlight of the sun path of your area. You could achieve prime exposure by designing your garden in a hanging capacity – low enough to be hung in that prime spot on your window, so that it thrives and gives a perfectly verdant vibe.
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3. Avoid external interventions
External interventions, for example, heat vents, and ceiling or wall fans could have an adverse effect on the growth of indoor plants. So be careful while choosing a place to form an indoor garden set. If you have no other choice, however; then you might be able to compensate with adding innocuous design elements, such as a bamboo wall, or tall, decorative planters, to block stray air waves from the ceiling, or wall fans.
4. Closeted – solar lighting
If you do not have a suitable space for an indoor garden near a source inlet with natural light, then it would be best to affix the ceiling space with ‘grow lights’. They are easy enough to get from any nearby hardware or lighting store, and could be fixed into the lighting outlet yourself. Not only would they help your plants to thrive in a closeted environment, but make for beautiful lighting highlights.
Since green spaces are a hassle to take care of when it comes to indoor gardening, you can always design your indoor garden on the basis of hardscaping. Hardscaping entails minimum use of green area, and maximum use of pavers, flat stones, flagstones, and sometimes, even water features. This idea is best incorporated in the Zen garden ideology of the Japanese; which makes use of gravel, and other hardscape features in tandem with water bodies and bonsai trees.
6. Herb Garden a la Hydroponics
Ikea has recently released a small herb garden that is easy to operate, and grow your herbs and vegetables in. it works on the principles of hydroponics, and gives the user a much needed stylistic opportunity to plant a small, green space inside of the kitchen, which, in its essence is a useful, yet beautiful space. The green intervention would relegate on the concept of function, as well as aesthetic, and make for a beautiful addition to an otherwise austere space.
7. Fold space
Since indoor gardens are usually small in size, you can use the concept of space folding by going in tiers, rather than spread. This is easily achievable by stacking up of planters, and use of folding garden techniques. You could use tall planters, and plant creeping vines in them, so that they overflow from the brim, adding an illusion of flowing, vine waterfall. This would look rather alluring, and make for a clever, yet easy to make feature inside your indoor garden space.
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8. Go vertical
Going vertical doesn’t always have to be in the form of a lavish living wall; you can do it yourself, with little to no help, by carefully selecting easy-going ideas. One simple way of going vertical is by using ladders, and hanging contained plants on them. Another easy way to go vertical is by making an image of a live wall by planting inside of recyclable wooden pallets. In both cases, you achieve the illusion of a vertical garden, by easy, DIY schemes.
9. Choose your plants wisely
Just like the outdoors, you have a wide variety of plants to choose from, while planting an indoor garden, including herbs, decorative plants, vegetables, and flowering plants. However, it is essential to know that no matter how favorable the environment, there are some plants that would always struggle to grow inside, while there are others, that would flourish. Some examples of indoor plants, herbs and vegetables are as follows; tomatoes, mushrooms, strawberries, basil, chives, and marigolds.