I absolutely love gardening and I'm the first to admit that my apartment is somewhat of a jungle. No matter what season, indoor gardening is great for adding a little greenery to your home and an extremely relaxing activity. With endless plant varieties and adorable planters it is easy to find foliage to match your style. Green thumb or not, these tips will help you find, and keep alive, your indoor garden.
Know Your Space:
Endless shelves? No counter space? First things first, know what you can accommodate in your home. If you're like me and have filled up all of your available horizontal surfaces with plants already, try out some hanging planters. My personal favorite vining plant is the string of hearts.
If you love greenery, but just don't like a lot of clutter, check out the adorable Chive planters at One Strange Bird. They are great for air plants or to use as bud vases. We also have planted succulents in small square vases.
Pets & Children
Before buying a plant always make sure to look up whether it is toxic to children and pets. There are many plants that are wonderful to look at, but not suitable for homes where they may be nibbled on. For the safety of your home always check online or with your local garden store whether plants are toxic.
Know Your Light:
Your plant will be receiving bright light most of the day and the light will fall directly on the plant (most south facing windows)
Your plant will be receiving bright light, but the sunlight won't directly hit the leaves of your plant (east and west facing windows or in the middle of the room)
Your plant is in shade for the most part of the day and never receives direct light (most north facing windows or far away from windows)
Know Your Plants:
A few of my favorite "hard to kill" plants for indoor gardening are the following:
Succulents! These light-loving plants love the sun and need minimal watering : Jade, aloe, and almost all succulent varieties (which include cacti) and air plants.
Spider plants, ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia), Christmas cactus, Boston fern, Mother-in-Law's Tongue (also know as snake plants. This plant can survive almost any amount of light)
Cast iron plant, lucky bamboo, golden pathos vine, peace lilly, as well as most ferns, ivy, and mosses
Wondering When To Water?
One of my favorite tricks for determining if it's time to water your plant, put your finger in the soil. Most plants are ready for water if they are dry one-inch down from the top of the soil. Also make sure you are choosing the right soil, succulents like dirt that has good drainage while herbs and other flowering plants like moisture retaining soil.
Plants Looking Sick?
Plant looking crunchy and burned? Too much light. Leaves almost see through? Too much water. Your plant will tell you when it's not doing well, just make sure to watch out for the signs.
If you can't remember to water your plants, choose succulents. If you want to try something new, pick out an assortment of air plants at One Strange Bird. Ready to go green with your DIY? Check out our upcoming terrarium classes! If you're still feeling nervous about your green thumb, you can always add foliage to your home by grabbing some fresh cut flowers for your kitchen table.
The most important part about having plants is to choose the ones that will work with your lifestyle and home.