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Beginner’s Indoor Gardening Tips and Techniques

January 24, 2007 by  
Filed under Lawn & Garden

Flourishing indoor gardens always draw the envious eye of anyone who sees them. Most people shy away from gardening “indoors or outdoors” because hey have not been successful in their initial venture planting ventures. Here are some indoor gardening tips and techniques to get you started on the right foot.

Although you can use ay container for indoor gardening, it is best to chose containers with attractive designs to complete the decorative effect. Make sure they are big enough to hold a good volume of soil and have drainage hole or holes to allow excess water to escape.

Almost all plants can be grown indoors including trees and shrubs, climbers, perennials, ferns and bulbs including annuals and tender perennials. If you have shaded, then plant shade lovers such as ferns, hostas, camellias, pieris, and together with fuchsias, lilies and impatiens for a contrast of colors. If your area is sunny use plants that thrive in the sun or if you prefer climbers try planting clematis, morning glory and nasturtiums. Your choices of plants are almost endless!

Never neglect your plants. Make sure they get adequate water and food. Use good container soil which should be free draining but also hold moisture. Use a mixture of soil and organic potting soil with enough stones, coarse gravel or polystyrene chunks in the bottom of the pot, and a mulch of gravel on the top. To help maintain good drainage but at the same time avoid over watering. Feed your plants regularly. You can use either slow-release fertilizer mixed with the soil or soluble organic fertilizer added to the water every two or three weeks. Optionally, install an automatic watering system keep the plants moist.

Group your containers or put them together in combinations. Mix flowering and foliage plants according to weather conditions. Grow permanent plants in their own containers but combine single season plants but do not combine perennial plants in the same container.

Provide adequate winter protection and guard against spring frosts. In hard winter areas, you need to put your containers under cover for extra protection.

Make sure your plants get enough sunlight. You can also use the correct plant grow lights to supplement sunlight if they can not get enough in order not to disrupt their photosynthesis process. Monitor the leave colors closely to determine if your plants get enough sunlight.

By following the simple indoor gardening tips and techniques, you can look forward to a year-round colorful and naturally-scented environment inside your home throughout the year.

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