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Indoor Gardening- The Best Option During Winters
During winters, growing an indoor garden can be a convenient and cool way to stay around the plants the entire year. It is a great way to protect your winter plants from extremely cold climates and provide you with blooms and vegetables during winters.
Preparing a Space
Having the plants in your indoor space during winters will protect it from the cold winds. It will also create new environmental issues for your plants. There are several other things that you can do for space like:
- Choose a warm and sunny place for your plants to grow and consider whether you need to use garden furniture like extra surfaces or shelves for the plants to grow
- Small saplings and plants require warmth, so use supplementary lights with timers. It will keep the plants warm and will also lengthen the hours the plants require the warmth
- If your house will be in the heating mode during winters, then you must either buy your own humidifier to help your plants survive
Planning for Plants
When you get the plants indoors, then you must also consider the kind of plants you will be growing in your indoor garden. The less natural growing conditions mean you will have less number of plants that can grow indoors.
- Seeds and seedlings are not easy to find during winters, so plan in advance and buy your seeds during spring when they will be readily available in cheaper rates
- Select the number of plants as per space you have got
- Plan to grow a small number of plants that you choose like cherry tomatoes, leaf lettuces, and bush type beans
- Those flowers that grow well indoors are amaryllis, paperwhites, orchids, clivia, Christmas cactus, begonias, and African violets
- Other plants that grow well indoors are bell peppers, arugula, Aloe Vera, winter herbs and winter sprouts
When you keep your plants in your indoor space, then their requirements will be different from the outdoor plants. Ensure you have a tab of the plants that you grow and carefully ensure their proper growth.
- Create a mix of soils that will help in retaining the moisture and the nutrients well
- Since wind and insects won’t be available indoors, so you need to have some artificial pollination. Try moving the pollen grains from one flower to another
- You will need to water the plants daily if you don’t have a humidifier, so as to keep the soil moist
- Frequent watering will rob the nutrients present in the soil, so along with watering use a good balanced organic fertilizer
- If you are not very comfortable with the idea of using plants indoors, then you can consider the option of indoor planters. It will give your plants the right amount of light, heat, and moisture
If you follow these guidelines and manage the indoor garden space efficiently, then your winter gardening activity will be a smooth flowing session for you.