With winter right around the corner, many of us are staring down a dark tunnel of cold weather, snow, snow, and…oh yeah, more snow.
What does that mean? Why, only that now is the perfect time to start your own indoor garden, of course!
So, if you’re mourning the hibernation of your fall garden, or you’re looking for an awesome new hobby to pull you through the cold winter months, you have indeed come to the right place.
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Since plants and flowers can actually impact your mood and give you a more positive outlook in general, winter is the PERFECT time to surround yourself with colorful, lively blooms, blossoms, and greenery.
Some indoor gardening supplies you might need:
All which can be found at your local hydroponics store or gardening center!
The size of the container will determine the size of the plant and how much it can grow. So this is a pretty crucial decision in your indoor gardening journey. If you’re planning on growing any sort of veggie or plant you plan on eating, a small container is probably not the way to go, as it may hinder the plant’s growth. Try to avoid pots smaller than 6 inches deep and about the same wide.
Material wise, your two best options are going to be plastic and ceramic.
Find the right style for you!
There are sooo many different looks out there when it comes to pots and planters. Find one that fits your home and your personality!
The location of your new indoor garden is going to depend on the light your new plants require, and watering convenience (you don’t want to have to jump through hoops in order to water your plants, things might get a bit ugly).
In most cases, you’ll need at least 6 hours of strong sunlight.
There is also the option of grow lights if you don’t have access to this type of light in your home.
Choose a spot with fairly consistent temperatures, good ventilation and air circulation.
There are so many different options when it comes to the types of plants you want to grow in your indoor garden!
We’re going to cover the 2 most popular choices amongst indoor gardening connoisseurs: veggies & flowering plants.
If you’re looking to plant some edible plants in your indoor garden (and maybe saving yourself a few trips to the grocery store – SCORE), this is for you!
Carrots hardly require any space, but they do tend to need deeper soil than most vegetables. They need about 12 hours of light a day (may require a grow light) and thrive in about 60-degree temperatures.
Green onions do exceptionally well indoors because they are so easy to care for and don’t require too much light (about 6 hours per day). Fun fact: Using the root end of a fully grown green onion, you can begin growing an entirely new green onion!
These sunshine lovers require about 12-16 hours of light a day, and do best around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
The best varieties of herbs for indoor growth include chives, parsley, oregano, rosemary, cilantro, mint, thyme, and sage.
Tomatoes looove warm weather, but they can still be grown indoors with a bit of determination and care. They need a lot of light, about 14-20 hours a day, but are also self-pollinating, as its pollen will fall from flower to flower on its own.
If you’re looking to spring a pop of lively color into your space throughout the cold, drab winter. (to keep it poppin’) – this is for you.
Why are they so popular?
Well they bloom year-round and don’t require a lot of care!
They prefer a container that allows watering from the bottom (like this one), as their leaves will turn brown if water gets on them. Or, if you prefer to use a normal pot, just take care to avoid the leaves when watering. The African Violet loves bright, indirect sunlight and to remain quite moist.
Pro tip: Wear gloves while handling chenille plants, as their sap is known to cause irritation. Also, be aware that the chenille is poisonous, although only mildly toxic, keep them out of reach of little hands and pets.
They prefer medium to bright light and a 60 to 75 degree (Fahrenheit) growing conditions. Keep the soil evenly moist at all times!
This houseplant blooms in the wintertime with clusters of up to 20 stunning orange flowers. This plant thrives in colder conditions, so they are perfect for a cool, dry environment.
Clivia likes medium light and 50 to 55-degree (Fahrenheit) temperatures in the wintertime. Keep the soil of your plant a tad bit moist but not too moist. This houseplant is also poisonous and should not be chewed on or eaten, so keep these away from little hands as well!