11 Mar Indoor Gardening Myths every gardener should know about!
Plant parenthood can be a bit tricky, especially because all plants have different needs and care. The more effort you put in it, the more the plant will grow for you. As gardening enthusiasts, we understand how amazing it is to watch a little plant grow beautifully with each passing day. With the amount of patience and time it takes, it is truly special to watch the first few green leaves appear. Interestingly, the concept of indoor gardening has increased over the past few years. This is because of the ever-increasing consciousness about environmental issues, less outdoor space and moreover, the city-dwellers have lost their connection with the natural surroundings.
However, if you live in an urban area, planting and maintaining an indoor garden can seem like a lot of work. Most importantly, there are some myths that people often assume while growing indoor plants. It’s time to get the facts clear and straight!
Myth – You can place your plants all throughout your home
During the months of winter, it is important to take into consideration the positioning of your plants. Winter months provide the plants with nothing less than brisk temperatures and less sunlight. There are several factors that can degrade the quality of your green friends, especially during the fall. The only solution to grow lush and beautiful indoor plants is by replicating their native environment as much as possible. Check out some easiest ways to keep your green friends healthy and thriving inside your home.
Sunlight: The most important element, the food of your plants that lets them survive. Too little light can make your plants weak and leggy looking. So, you need to make sure that your green friends get proper sunlight or grow lights to grow into a beautiful, leafy plant.
Temperature: Always remember, your plant is a living organism and thus, creating a stable, yet comfortable environment is a must. Love your green friends and they will bring in lots of joy and happiness to your abode. Extreme temperature fluctuations can cause your plants to panic. Creating a stable as well as consistent temperature is important for their best growth.
Humidity: Last but not the least, the thing you need to keep under consideration is the humidity of your home. On an average, most of the plants have a tropical origin and thus, a slightly higher humidity works best. Always carry out a proper research, before growing a particular plant, regarding its native environment in order to be more specific. Replicating the environment as best as you can in your indoors should do the trick and your plants will remain healthy.
Myth – The leaves of your plants will turn yellow because of over-watering
Stop stressing over yellow leaves! It is not always your fault. It is true that lack of watering and over-watering can cause yellow pigmentation. However, it does not ends here. There are several other reasons for this. Here, we present you some of the major factors affecting the plant’s leaf color and few opportunities to bring it back to its full potential.
Aging: As we have mentioned earlier, just like us, plants are also living organisms. In an elongated period, plants start aging like us. Moreover, when the leaves turn yellow and falls off, the chances of that plant dying are high. At the time of choosing any plant, always make a note of certain things. Mature leaves are mostly greener, fuller and dense. On the other hand, baby leaves are fragile, softer and lighter in color.
Fertilizer: Make sure not to over-fertilize your plant. It might cause yellowing of the plants, which you are trying to prevent. It is important to understand that the nutrients of your plants are sources within the roots. If it is lacking, you have to provide with adequate fertilizer in order to restore the deficiency. The best thing is to dilute the fertilizer half of the recommended amount. Always remember, keep your plants happy as a happy plant has the perfect amount of nutrients!
Few other factors that might affect your green friends include poor quality of soil, hard water and lack of adequate sunlight.
Myth – The larger the pot, the larger your plant will grow
This is the most common mistake made by amateur gardeners. Well, let’s get the facts right! Your indoor plants will grow with full potential only when their roots fill most of the pot. The larger the pot, the greater are the chances your plant’s roots will rot. You don’t need a large pot for your beautiful plant; a moderate one will do.
Myth – Your houseplants will die in winter
One of the biggest myths out there! Who said indoor plants die during the winter months? Plants are meant to be enjoyed all year long. There are no limitations, no excuses to this! Your indoor plants will thrive all along the winter months, with natural light. Additionally, most of the indoor plants come from tropical regions, which grow all year long. Thus, your indoor green friends will survive during the winter months as well; however, the growth might be a bit slower.
So, when are you growing plants indoor? Trust us, it is not difficult! These plant myths will definitely help you treat your green friends in a different way. Moreover, for any kind of assistance, Gardeza Gardening is always there for you.