May 24, 2011. Bill Szydlowski
Potted plants add refreshing texture and color to any room. A living room or entrance hallway serves especially well. There everyone can enjoy the indoor garden whenever they pass through. A striking specimen can provide a conversation piece with guests. Try converting a smaller area such as a guest bedroom or even window alcove into a meditation space. Select plants that appeal to the senses to provide focus. Colourful or scented flowers and interesting foliage textures work especially well.
The indoor garden can also serve as a shelter for specimens sensitive to the elements. Plants that thrive outdoors during summer can move to the indoor garden to provide enjoyment throughout the year.
Regular garden soil will not work in pots for indoor plants. A flower or vegetable growing in a planter requires special attention toward nutrients and soil structure. Look for potting medium available from nurseries, hardware stores or Home Depot. These are specially formulated for the needs of the indoor garden.
The indoor garden also requires different watering habits. Overwatering is the most common cause of houseplant death. Moist soil feels slightly cool to the touch. Most species prefer to dry out slightly between watering. Every plant’s needs are different, so some research is required. Horticulture web sites or the local garden centre can provide specifics. Light requirements also vary. Some plants need to sit close to a sunny south window, while others will require more light and need to be placed under lights such as T5 grow lights. The gardener can take advantage of this by finding space to spread the indoor garden throughout the home.
Updated May 24, 2011. Published January 31, 2011. Bill Szydlowski