How to Grow Homemade Indoor Plants


When it comes to growing indoor plants, many tips and tricks should be followed. Knowing how much light the plant needs and how much water it should get are two common pieces of knowledge required to successfully grow indoor plants. Indoor plants provide the home with clean oxygen and brighten up the indoor space, especially during the winter. Also, a large array of outdoor plants can also be planted indoors. Being informed and committed will make for long-lasting indoor plants.

Step 1

Mix the soil in the mixing container with a small amount of water.

Step 2

Fill the cell packs or seed pan with the soil. Fill up to 1/4 or 1/2 inch below the rim, then simply press down lightly to settle the soil. Place the seed in the center and plant it shallow, not deep. For smaller seeds, simply sprinkle them on top and add a thin layer of vermiculite on top. If you are using a seed pan, the seeds should be planted about 1/2 inch from each other.

Step 3

Provide the necessary amount of light and water. Depending on the plant, the seed will sprout in about a week. Once the seed sprouts and reaches about 3 inches tall, it can be re-potted. Some plants might need to go through several pot sizes until they reach the desired size. Plants are alive; they grow better when they are cared for consistently.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use a tarp or plastic to protect your counters and floors when you are mixing soil and planting pots. It can get messy. You can do it outside as well. You can use fertilizer or other chemicals to help the plants grow, though it is not necessary, and may do more harm than good.

Things You'll Need

  • Seeds
  • Seed-starting mix or soil
  • Seed pan or cell packs
  • Mixing container
  • Vermiculite
  • Pots


  • The Gardener's Network: About Growing Houseplants
  • Garden Desk: Studying Organic Gardening
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Chris Newton has worked as a professional writer since 2001. He spent two years writing software specifications, then spent three years as a technical writer for Microsoft before turning to copywriting for software and e-commerce companies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of Colorado.

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