UO DIY: INDOOR GROWINGMarch 4, 2016
We’re drawing close to the end of those long winter months and Spring is on the way. Here we take a look at the best ways to plant indoors to bring some of the outside, in – your living room will be a greenhouse in no time.
When planting indoors, it’s important to remember that lighting is key! It’s easy to go out and grab a plant that looks nice, but make sure that you’re picking one that fits for you. If you don’t have much natural light, there are certain plants that thrive with minimal sunlight. There are several types of leafy hanging plants that do well with minimal sunlight – just make sure to check their toxicity if you have animals running around your house. If you buy your plants from a nursery, then someone working there should be able to advise you on which plants would work best for you.
If you’re picking smaller plants, keep in mind that it will be best to re-pot them, so you’ll need to get an extra planter that’s size works for whatever you’ll be re-potting. We stuck with smaller, more portable plants, but it’s possible to re-pot bigger trees/palms indoors as well.
To start, make sure that your chosen planter will accommodate the plants you have bought. Making sure you get something that won’t grow too big is key, otherwise you’ll need to keep switching out your planter every so often. We went with the Sagaform planter in order to get more plants in one spot.
Once your plants and planters are chosen, gently re-pot your plants into your planter. You’ll need some extra dirt to do this. You want to make sure that you don’t accidentally rip your plants out by the roots when transferring, so slightly wetting the soil first will help it slide out easier. Once the plant is out, you can trim down any roots that have gotten out of control if needed.
After your plant is removed, you’ll want to add it to its new planter. Make sure your planter is clean, then add in the plant and make sure you cover completely with dirt. Watering once again helps bind everything together.
To keep your plants thriving, make sure to keep them in their preferred area of sunlight and water accordingly. Potted plants that are indoors can generally always be kept moist (misting them every day is also good) unless they’re succulents. As long as they’re never sopping wet or bone dry, then they should be happy! If you’re unsure of how dry your plant is, stick a finger into the soil to test – sometimes it’s wetter below the surface than you may realize.
If you’re underwatering, you’ll know it. Your plant will start to get brown and dry or leaves may start to wilt. On the flipside, if you’re overwatering you’ll also be able to tell. If there’s any mold on the dirt’s surface or if there’s a lot of standing water, these are both signs that you’re giving your plant too much water.
In the winter, your home is going to be warmer than the summer (and probably also a little dryer). This may be important to remember when looking at plants as well, especially if you’re drawn to something that thrives in more tropical temperatures – if you don’t have a greenhouse set up, these are something that you’ll want to steer clear of.
Finally, make sure to keep your plants safe from your animals (for their benefit and your pet’s!). Keeping a spray bottle of water handy for curious cats tends to work well, as does misting your plants with white vinegar to keep dogs from chowing down. Citrus fruit also helps for cats as they’ll be repelled by it (and it also works as a compost).
But as long as you keep your plants watered and in the sun, they should thrive throughout the winter, making the bleak months a little cheerier!