Over the centuries, If there’s ever been one constant in home décor, it’s been the indoor garden. There have been indoor gardens of all kinds over the years, from just a few plant carefully placed to elaborate displays. But making your home look great isn’t the only good thing about having an indoor garden.  Having an indoor garden is an ideal way to relive stress. So an indoor garden certainly has its benefits. How can you have success with starting your own indoor garden?

Are you hesitating to start your own garden because you don’t think you have a green thumb like dear mother or grandma had? Better Homes and Gardens commented in 1939 about “green thumbs”: “Mother's and grandmother's plants grew, not because of green thumbs, but because they were treated as living, feeling beings that required the same common-sense care as the canary or any other house pet."

So in the end, all you need is just common sense to plant an indoor garden. As long as you cover the basics, you can have success.  Factors such as sunlight and water are certainly needed basics, along with nutrients, cleansing and care to deal with the dry environment of your home. Once you have these basics down, you’re well on your way.

Let There Be Light

Making sure you have enough light for your plants is critical. You can do some basic research on the best type of plants for your home’s lighting situation. Plants vary significantly in how much light each one needs, so you can be sure to find the right type of plants for home design. What style of home do you live in? Older homes, such as Victorian styles, were designed to have more natural light, making them ideal for indoor gardens. But many homes, especially those built in the mid 20th century, don’t let as much light in. These home and apartments present a bit of a challenge because there aren’t as many windows to choose from. But don’t let a little challenge stop you.

If you have windows that face south, those are perfect. You’ll have more light for your plants to soak up what they need for photosynthesis. But if you only have north facing windows, try going with plants that require minimal light, such as a fern, spider plant, or African violet. Pothos don’t need any light to thrive, in case you have very little to no natural light available.

Get With the Program

Having a regular schedule for plant care is essential, as this will also help them thrive.  You can also do research on how much water and nutrients your plants need. Make sure to schedule to water and feed your plants with plant food or fertilizer.  Cleaning the leaves of larger plants with a damp cloth periodically will help them stay healthy. Also check for mold or pests as this will indicate if your routine is effective. Periodically trim or thin out your plants on occasion.  You may also have to repot large plants in larger pots as they grow.

Don’t have enough time for all this? Then perhaps you can start with plants that don’t require as much attention. Succulents are a popular choice as they are easy to care for and offer unique textures and colors. Cactus, succulents, or bamboo plants are ideal choices.

Of course there’s more to consider when it comes to having a thriving indoor garden. But with planning and patience, you can succeed.

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