If you're short on outdoor space, but still have a longing to garden, don't overlook the many possibilities for bringing your gardening desires indoors. An indoor garden is a sure-fire way to brighten any environment both in appearance, and as a natural way to improve indoor air quality. With a small investment, enjoy all that plants have to offer in every season.
How to Garden Indoors
Decide which type of plant you would like to grow: blooming or non-blooming. Indoor gardens are not limited to common green houseplants. Consider the wide variety of blooming plants, such as hydrangeas, lilies African violets and orchids which can be successfully grown indoors. Consider, too, how much time you have for gardening. Some plants require more water and maintenance than others.
Test the waters and air. Provide adequate water and humidity for your plants to ensure proper growth. Increase the amount of humidity in your home during the winter months by using a portable humidifier. Keep humidity at an optimum 50 to 60 percent, which can be difficult to do. Monitor your plants closely during the winter months for watering to ensure they are not drying out.
Garden with caution. Avoid plants such as Jerusalem Cherry Angel Wings, especially if you have young children in your home, as these plants are poisonous. The ASPCA has identified 17 common plants that are poisonous to pets. (See Resources below.)