Five Tips to Bloom an Indoor Garden
Indoor plants are worth all your care for they enliven your mood, calm your mind and detoxify the air.
In urban housing, it is practically impossible to expect an idyllic lounge of a garden. We often have to do with the few inches our rooms can spare. But, if you have a penchant for green indoors, do the planting right and easy with these six pro-tips.
Space Out: Indoor plants need the right space to blossom. For each plant, check the varying degrees of humidity, light and cold ideal for healthy growth. Cramming the pots behind furniture, close to heaters or drafts is not optimum for the babies either.
Water Right: Plants thrive on quantities of water stipulated at different levels. While weekly water rituals nurture some desert plants, other plants may need “water from the bottom” technique and larger containers. For potting Ferns, you may require a humidifier. So, as plant owners, you need to be abreast of techniques like Gradual Flow Devices and Sink Bath Watering Method for a lush, indoor bloom. The amount of water required is also influenced by room temperature, light and plant size.
Let in Light and Freshness: The area should not be damp, congested and unhygienic. Be mindful of the dust that settles on the leaves and blocks away sunlight required for photosynthesis. Draw the curtains and remove any obstacles from the widow that might cut down on the warmth and sunshine.
Remove the Bugs: Indoor pests virulently attack the plants and gnaw at them steadily. Examine closely for silvery dots or webs nesting underneath the leaves. Spider mites slowly dig holes and damage the leaves turning them brown. Unless you declare war on them, spider mites will double the population in no time. Wipe with a cloth soaked in warm water, stick to your watering schedule, prune the already damaged leaves and get hold of some miticides.
Stuffing the Soil: Choosing quality soil without dirt or microscopic pests and diseases will go a long way to give you luxurious, blooming plants. Soil type is unique to each plant variety. While sandy soil is compatible with some, cactus and succulents, others thrive on a loamy texture.
Re-pot the Plant: As the plant outgrows its old home, make sure you are re-potting the plant to give its roots ample space to sprawl. The new soil should also be rich in nutrients. Re-potting should not be done frequently. Spring is the best season since the propensity with which plants grow roots is more.