Friday, April 10, 2009


People prefer indoor gardening when they don't have ample open space outside their house. Container gardening is a very good example of indoor gardening. The plants are grown in containers like wooden boxes and then kept on the windows sill, porch or the patio. Before even starting indoor gardening you should plan out all the vital points. For example you should find out how much lighting do your plants need. The amount of lighting that a plant needs depends on its type.

You should check as to how much light does your plant require. This is an important factor as most of the houses do not have enough light to handle plants that require a lot of light. You should select plants that require less or medium light in case your house is not much lighted. You can place the plants right outside the window during the summer months. Also artificial lighting with a florescent lamp can be used to supplement a house that has limited natural lighting. You should also water your plants regularly everyday. You should wet the soil thoroughly and the water should be able to drain out from the holes at the bottom of the pot. Also the amount of water needed depends on the type of plants that you are growing. You should never put in more water then required. Over watering leads to death of the plants. If there is a lot of water in the soil, then there is not enough oxygen in it and the leaves of the plants may become yellow. When watering the plants, the water should be of the same temperature as the room.

In case of temperature for the plants, if the temperature goes up or down by 10-15 degrees then it will not kill the plant. However rapid changes in temperature, whether hot or cold will cause a lot of damage to the plant. In case the plant is grown in a very hot temperature, then the plant will be weak. In case the plant is subjected to extremely cold temperatures then the leaves will turn yellow and they will gradually fall off.

In case of pots or containers, you should make sure that the pot will adequately allow the water to drain out of it. Also in case you are planting in a pot that has been used earlier for another plant then the pot should be thoroughly cleaned so that no disease (if any) of the previous plant spreads to the new plant.