it's more difficult than most people think to get Mother Nature inside your home. Consider this guide from Designer Vertical Gardens for creating container gardening if you want to create a beautiful indoor garden.
Decide on a style of garden
When gardening indoors, there are generally two types of gardening i.e Container gardening and Hydroponic gardening. In this guide, we will talk about traditional gardening which is called container or pot gardening. Container gardens are a good option for someone who wants to rearrange their plants or want to bring the outdoors in the future. They can grow any kind of plant of any size.
Choose the right space
Selecting an indoor space that can aid in the growth of your plants is very important for creating a good indoor garden. Choose a location with plenty of windows and sunlight; east and west-facing windows are ideal. Place your garden (container or hydroponic) as close to a window as possible to get more heat and sunshine.
- Avoid the room for gardening that has a cold temperature because cold can slow down the growth of your plants.
- Avoid choosing that area that has a fan because it can dry out the plants which are not good.
Properly control the environment
One of the biggest reasons for planting indoor gardening is that we can easily monitor the environment. If done in a proper way, it can make your indoor garden more beautiful. Generally, you're responsible for checking three things i.e air temperature, water frequency, and soil condition. This solely depends on the system of the garden that you're using and on the type of plants you're going to grow in your indoor garden. There are few tools that you can use to control the environment easily.
- Consider using soil heat mats. Most plants prefer soil temperatures of 75– 85 degrees Fahrenheit (24–29 degrees Celsius). Particularly in the winter, you probably don't want your house to be that hot. To solve this problem, you can buy electric mats that can heat pots from the bottom and can regulate the soil temperature.
- Get yourself a drip system. Watering your plants regularly is a difficult habit to develop; instead of setting frequent reminders, invest in a drip system. This works in a way that it provides each plant with a set of small tubes and has a timer that switches the water on and off for a set time each day.
- Choose a proper lighting system. Though windows provide some natural light, still you are responsible for providing your plants with artificial light. Fluorescent light tubes are usually the best choice because they are inexpensive and provide good results. You may also purchase a special heat lamp for growing indoor plants.
Choose your plants
Just like an outside garden, there's a huge variety of plants you can grow inside including vegetables, berries, or herbs. Before going to the nursery and picking a random plant, you have to research properly what plant will grow better in your garden. Some of the indoor plants include:
Vegetables : Lettuce, carrots, peas, and mushrooms, as well as fruits like strawberries.
Herbs: Basil, bay, chives, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, and thyme.
Flowers : Peace lily, African violet, marigold, begonia, cactus, and succulents.
If you're the one who is up for container gardening, then consider the following guide to learn complete details.
Choose your containers or pots
You have a lot of choices for containers to plant in because you're growing indoors. You may purchase pots from standard garden supplies or can be creative and use old vases or plastic bottles. In either case, consult Designer Pots, we have premium quality pots or planters which are:
✓ Easily Portable
✓ Earth Friendly
✓ Weather Resistant
You don't need a big container to start seeds, but you'll need a container twice the size of the root ball if you're transplanting a plant. Otherwise, search for a container with drainage holes in the rim, or simply drill holes into any container.
Plastic Containers or Pots are your best choice because:
- Plastic containers or pots are the best at retaining moisture, and Designer pots are your most authentic choice.
- You can also try recycling old coffee cans.
- For additional drainage, line the bottom of your container with rocks; if you're using a wooden container then look for one made of redwood or cedar, which are both rot-resistant.
- Avoid using any container that has been handled with chemicals, as this can cause harm to your plant.
Create your potting mix
Unfortunately, you can't simply take a handful of soil from your garden and use it to fill your containers or planters. Outside soil also contains diseases and insects that can destroy your plant over time, and it is rarely the correct sand/clay balance for optimal porousness. Although you can buy pre-made potting mix but making your own can save you money and ensure the consistency of your mix. You'll need 1-part coir peat, 1-part vermiculite, and 2 parts compost to make your potting mix. Both of these can be found at your nearest gardening store.
- Rehydrate the coir peat brick by soaking it; usually, these come with instructions so follow the soaking instructions.
- Mix the coir peat and vermiculite thoroughly before adding the compost.
- Worm castings are a great addition to your soil, add ½-1 cup of worm castings to your mix before planting your containers.
Set up your garden system
You'll need to build a shelving system for your plants if you're planting a big indoor garden. Otherwise, use the guidelines above to choose a location for your container garden. You'll also need to set up your control variables, such as lighting, water, and temperature controls. If you're using a shelving system, hanging fluorescent lights and your drip system on the shelves should be easy. Otherwise, work on your room before all of the components are well adjusted. Heat mats should be installed properly under containers or pots.
- Buy timers for your light source, heat mats, and drip systems to switch them on and off at specific times of the day.
- Remember that different plants need different levels of light so group them appropriately. Put all the light-loving plants together and all the shade loving plants together, and then adjust the light accordingly.
Maintain your plants
You must have to maintain your garden after it has been planted to keep it in a good condition. Ensure that the plants receive enough sunlight and water and that the soil temperature does not fall below 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius). You'll need to transplant your plants into larger pots or split them into more plants as they get too large. You can order your new indoor garden pots by visiting Designer pots. We have a wide range of decorative pots from stone rectangle planters to beautiful fresh flower pots.
- Remove any plants that have brown spots, are wilting, or are dying from the garden to avoid the rest of the garden from disease or pests.
- Every few months, you must have to add compost or fertilizer to the containers to help the plants get the nutrients they need. If you have a drip irrigation system, you can add a liquid fertilizer every few weeks to keep your plants healthy.
- Set your pots in trays of rocks so that the water that drains out will keep them moist as they grow.
We continue our drive towards customer excellence with our highly qualified and experienced horticultural staff, on hand to help with plant-related questions. Create a pretty home for your plants to live in and add heaps of character to your garden with the selection of indoor garden pots and planters. The Designer Pots planters and pots come in a variety of colors, sizes, and materials. So visit the store and grab yours now!