How to Grow Indoor Potted Plants


Growing plants indoors is a rewarding pastime or hobby that not only provides natural beauty to the surroundings, it purifies the air too. Plants come in all varieties and sizes offering an abundance of choices from small houseplants and flowers to tall potted trees. Give special attention to the needs of indoor potted plants and you will benefit for years to come. Following a few guidelines such as proper lighting, water and nutrients helps you grow plants inside with ease.

Step 1

Check locations around your home at different times of the day (and year) to see how much sunlight is provided. Know the light requirements of each of your potted plants before you choose a site.

Step 2

Place the plants that need sun in bright areas of your house, and find darker areas for plants with low-light requirements. Rotate the pots weekly to prevent plants from growing toward a light source.

Step 3

Check plants often to see if top 1 inch of soil is dry. Supply enough water to each indoor plant until it comes out the bottom of the pot.

Step 4

Remove any remaining water under the indoor potted plants to prevent over-watering. Do not water again until needed.

Step 5

Keep all plants away from drafty areas or registers. Set the temperature indoors cooler at night than in the daytime. Most indoor plants will grow at day temperatures up to 86 degrees Fahrenheit and night temperatures as low as 58 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 6

Maintain 40 percent humidity indoors, especially during the winter months. Add humidity to the air with a humidifier or through misting the indoor plants with water.

Step 7

Give the plants fertilizer on a regular monthly schedule during the growing season (spring through fall). Do no apply fertilizer when plants are not producing new growth. Use fertilizer designed specifically for indoor potted plants.

Tips and Warnings

  • When watering plants, do not use water treated with a softener, as it contains too much salt.

Things You'll Need

  • Water supply
  • Fertilizer


  • University of Missouri Extension: Caring for Houseplants
  • University of Georgia Cooperative Extension: Growing Indoor Plants with Success
Keywords: houseplant, grow inside, indoor care