Growing plants indoors is a trade-off. On the downside, there is less space, less light and indoor air can be too hot and dry. On the upside, plants are sheltered from heat, cold and wind. Additionally, they're less likely to be infested or infected.
Indoor light can be supplemented with artificial light, and there are special plant-growing lights available. Plants reach for light, so give them a quarter turn weekly.
Don't use gardening soil for indoor plants. It might contain insect eggs, disease and weeds. Instead use potting soil, which is sterilized and often formulated specifically for certain plants.
Indoor plants can get by with water you drink unless its very chlorinated. Let such water sit for a few days before using it. Overwatering is a common problem in houseplants.
Hydroponics is gardening without soil, and instead using a medium such as vermiculite plus water that has fertilizer added to it. Indoor hydroponics gardens can grow tomatoes, lettuce and herbs, among other plants.
Many flowers are light lovers, so you will need to choose plants that tolerate lower light conditions, especially those that can stay in bloom. Examples are African violets and begonias.
Foliage plants tend to be better adapted to thrive indoors. They only need to be fertilized every four to six months, since, in low light, the plants don't use the fertilizer quickly.
- A Garden of Your Own; Michael O'Brien; 1993
- Hydroponics University
- Indoor Plants: Care and Management
- Indoor Plant Culture
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