Indoor
Container Gardening

Indoor Container Gardening can bring on horrible thoughts of grow light systems, humidity systems, etc. All of that equals a lot of money and space. Put those thoughts out of your mind. Indoor Gardening is not out of your league, but merely a few steps away!

The Good

There are great reasons for gardening indoors. Suppose you would love to container garden, but literally haven't the space outside. An indoor container garden is just for you.

How about a smaller risk of pests and diseases afflicting your plants?

Want vegetables all year long? Set up an indoor vegetable garden. You'll be slicin' and dicin' veggies all through those bitter cold months!!

The Not-So-Good

One of the slight downfalls of Indoor Container Gardening, is the challenge of supplying everything the plants need. Unlike the great outdoors, light, water, humidity,...you name it, you've gotta give it to them.

One last thing to keep in mind is space. Make sure you have enough space for what your dreaming. Some plants that we'll mention later as great choices for the indoors, can reach a height of 3ft. Time to build that sun porch!!

What They'll Need

Here are a few things that your new Indoor Container Garden will need to thrive:

  • A good sunny window or windows. South-facing is the best!
  • A light substitution may be required if low light
  • Humidity during dry-air times (ex: winter)
  • Water

The Process

Once you've decided you can manage the few requirements, it's time to get started. Search for a place that has the light, humidity, and temperature requirements your plants will need.

Don't know what plants could even work indoors?

There are lots of low light requiring plants to choose from. Here are a few good picks.

  • Bromelaids
  • Cactus
  • Ivy
  • Ferns
  • Palms

Whether it's begonias, a prayer plant, or a snake plant, when choosing the variety at you local greenhouse, make sure you check for insects in the leaves and avoid drought stressed plants...which is evident from yellowed leaves.

Take note of the light and temperature requirements. Then compare that to the location or locations you have in your home. This will help you choose or eliminate the plants that will or will not work in your locations.

Lighting

If a sunny window is not an option or the window is not sunny for very long, than supplemental lighting is a requirement. Spindly, unhealthy plants will be the end result if kept in low light conditions.

A cool-white 40 Watt fluorescent bulb would be a great choice. The shop light-type fixture you would use in your garage is excellent and is exactly what I use.

Note:

Be warned, most fruiting vegetables such as tomatoes will require grow lights.

There are several different types of lighting systems for Indoor Gardening on the market, the fixture mentioned earlier will be one of the cheapest routes to go.

Care

Here are a few things to keep in mind when Indoor Container Gardening.

Think outside of the box. Most people generalize indoor gardening with regular house plants. They're definitely included. However, as you can see from the list on this page, there are plenty of things to choose from. Most of which won't require a lot of light.

When watering your plants, remember that indoor plants will need less water than the typical flower outside. With less direct sunlight to the soil, soil will dry out less quickly.

Plants usually will grow slower in the indoors. What's that mean to you? Fertilizer will be used less. It's hard to tell you how much and how often to use fertilizer since there are so many varieties of plants to choose from. So it's always best to consult someone at the store or greenhouse about what fertilizer requirements your particular purchase will need.

Pests!! There will be fewer to worry about verses the outdoors. However, whiteflies and aphids are two pests to watch out for...especially on vegetables! Whiteflies can be trapped with fly traps and the aphids can be eliminated using insecticidal soaps or pesticides.

A common symptom of the aphid would be yellowing leaves and leaf curl. You may also notice stunted plant growth. Also "honeydew" is a sign. A shiny and sticky excrement left behind by the aphid creates this effect.

Indoor Vegetable Garden

Try your hand at indoor vegetable gardening. It's a true delight to grow your own vegetables . Some great choices for gardening vegetables indoors are:

  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce
  • Bell Peppers

Indoor Container Gardening Tip:

Try finding dwarf varieties when shopping for vegetables for indoors. Use these tomatoes as an example: Small Fry and Tiny Tim.The names give it away. Happy Hunting!!

Indoor Herb Garden

What a great way to enjoy fresh herbs for the kitchen. Container herb gardening can be achieved successfully indoors. Something as simple as a window sill herb garden can bring great joy to the kitchen and your gardening experience.

Here are a few great herbs you can enjoy growing indoors:

  • Chives
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
Check out some great tips on gardening herbs by clicking here: Container Gardening Herbs.

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