Indoor greenhouse, who says, says healthy air, tropical climate, well-being, and many other positive things. The development of an indoor garden, however, is not without restrictions, because plants must live in a favorable climate in order to thrive. How to cultivate and take care of an indoor garden properly? All our instructions.
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Indoor garden: the constraints
A source of well-being is an indoor garden. A depolluting and anti-stress approach is notably cultivating a corner of greenery in a house. The presence of vegetation, as carbon dioxide is used as fuel for plants, helps to purify the air and also to minimize the risk of illness, such as the common cold.
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However, in an indoor garden, for plants to grow and thrive, it is important to be present and to have the right movements. Indeed, a lack of arose caused by a prolonged absence at home will make the vegetations suffer unless the arrangement can be entrusted to the neighbors. In addition, the lack of light and exposure to a temperature that is too high or too low hinders the development of indoor vegetation. These criteria need to be taken into account to guarantee the survival of the inner garden.
The parameters to consider when planning an indoor garden
You should realize that it is not an easy job to plant an indoor garden and it should not be done lightly. Indeed, this interior renovation project needs to be carefully examined. Two options are possible for creating a green space within the house:
Call on a professional: this choice is wise for the inventory to be carried out and the technological and esthetic specifics of the place chosen for the interior garden to be studied.
Carry out the plans yourself for your indoor garden: this helps you to save a lot of money when customizing your green space inside.
The key points to remember for planting an indoor garden yourself are:
In any space in the building, it is possible to plant an indoor garden, provided they meet some special requirements. The attic and the basement are therefore places for an interior garden to be forbidden. The enemies of an indoor garden include variations in temperature and humidity as well as impurities. Therefore, the space that will host the green area must benefit from a good air and light intake. Domestic animals should be kept as far away as possible because parasites are detrimental to plant growth.
It is important to consider the containers in order to guarantee the flowering of the plants: vases, planters that can be created from pallets in DIY, even flowerpot covers for a decorative aspect. Ideally, bet on a container with sizes favorable for the growth of potted plants to be recycled. Naturally, cultivation in pots is recommended. In particular, its benefit lies in its ease of transport and its aesthetic rendering, which is very decorative once the pots are in place.
To avoid moisture stress, it is recommended that resistant veneered wood be chosen. Wood is the reference material ideal for indoor plants and is simple to run. However, less resistant plywood is not recommended. Efficient alternatives also include polypropylene and glass jars or terracotta vases.
The Hygrometry Standard
To promote good plant growth, it is necessary to ensure a certain humidity level in the room. The use of a fogger is recommended if the rate is poor. On the other side, a dehumidifier can be used to minimize too much humidity.
The window orientation
Some plants withstand exposure, others do not, to wind or drafts. Before placing plants at home improvement, it is therefore important to take this parameter into account. You can receive this knowledge at a garden center.
In the choice of the variety of plants to add, the design of the windows is decisive. Here are the species of plants which can be planted according to the orientation of the openings:
- The asparagus: this plant evergreen light green looks like a fern ;
- A dracaena or Dragon tree: it is a shrubby perennial, widely used as a houseplant ;
- A pothos (or scandalous ): it is a pretty indoor climbing plant, much appreciated for its large, elegant leaves.
- A Kentia palm: tropical plant commonly grown indoors. It needs a lot of light but should not be exposed to direct sunlight. The pot should be deep and filled with special green plant soil.
- The alocasia: it is a house plant green very decorative and original;
- A Schefflera: a green office plant that thrives in apartments;
- A cycad: an alternative to the palm tree, it will bring an exotic decorative touch to a house;
- A spathiphyllum also called false arum or moonflower: it is a perennial plant that can reach a meter and whose foliage is persistent.
- A ficus: This plant is admired for its elegant habit in a pot or in the soil. In big, very bright, and temperate spaces, she likes it.
- A cactus: The new decorating trend to add greenery to an apartment or a small house is cacti and succulents. These plants are all the rage to place or hang at home in colorful flower pots or in tiny terrariums.
- The Beaucarnea, also referred to as elephant foot or bottle tree: with its a robust trunk, this plant is more located in the tree. It will nevertheless do very well indoors and, with its long, dropping foliage will offer a little fantasy.
Houses with west orientation can plant a variety of vegetation. Indeed, the sun is strongly present there, the gain in light is thus very important.
If the environment isn’t suitable for plants, don’t worry! It is always possible to choose artificial plants or bouquets of colorful dried flowers , two interior decoration trends that are very successful!
Finally, be careful to avoid certain plants that are not easy to get rid of. There is bamboo or ivy , for example, which can quickly invade the interior of a house.
By deciding to establish an indoor vegetable garden or to grow aromatic plants, it is possible to combine nature and practicality. This mini vegetable garden will bring you aromatic herbs (chives, parsley, basil) and some fruits and vegetables (carrots, tomatoes, peppers) if you have a green thumb, in addition to adding vegetation to an apartment or home.
How to maintain an indoor garden?
To have a charming and healthy indoor garden, it is important to respect the requirements in terms of maintenance. To achieve it as it should, a few tips should be followed:
Watering should be done regularly, as soon as the soil is dry and depending on the type of plant. Do not overwater to prevent the plants from rotting. In addition, it is recommended to empty the water in the saucer under the pot, one hour after watering. To facilitate maintenance, the best solution is to opt for an automated sprinkler system .