Growing plants inside is easy if you keep a few tips and tricks in mind. While even the Southern gardener has to grow plants inside during the hardest winter months, those who live in cooler climates find that year-round indoor growing is the best answer for much of their gardening hobby.
To grow plants indoors, you must keep in mind what the same plant needs which outdoor. If it likes a great deal of direct sunlight, you must provide it through ambient light or by adding grow lights to your home. If the plant likes partial shade, you can place it in a window where it gets sunshine a few hours per day and it will probably be quite happy. There are also low-light loving plants which can grow in lower light conditions. Choose plants for inside growing based on the light conditions you can offer or plan to add grow lights to provide for the plants’ needs.
Many people are growing plants inside the home with great success. Some use hydroponic methods which uses no soil and well-circulated nutrient-rich water or another alternative growing media. Others prefer to homeyness of having plants in pots sitting around the house to help filtrate the air and provide a feeling of nature inside the home.
You can begin growing plants indoors on a small basis and let your hobby grow based on your personal preferences and success rate. Go to the local garden center and look at some plants which you find attractive. Talk with the garden expert there and determine which plants best suit your location and
conditions. You can also ask for plants which require less attention and maintenance than others.
Choose homes for your plants by selecting quality clay, ceramic or plastic pots. Select ones which you find pleasing but which the plant will also enjoy. Purchase top quality potting soil to replant your new green friends. Once home, allow them a few days in their old pots to adjust to the new conditions. It can be too much for a tender plant to experience relocation and re-potting on the same day and many specimens are lost because of this poor practice.
After re-potting, again allow a few days for the plant to adjust, during which time you should mist the plant frequently, applying water only when the soil is completely dry to a depth of one inch.