Indoor plants can work wonders on our holistic health. Not only do they effectively cleanse the air of toxins, they also reconnect us with nature.
Indoor gardening during the winter can help combat negative emotions and increase feelings of relaxation and wellbeing. Seeing as houseplants make adorable additions to any space, there’s certainly no harm in trying.
But where do you started with an indoor organic garden? Right here. These are our community’s best tips for growing your way through the winter.
You can start your own indoor organic garden two ways: sprout your own organic seeds in a mix of organic potting soil and compost, or, buy organic houseplants and grow them with organic methods.
Starting seeds on your own is extremely rewarding and can quickly increase your confidence. However, depending where you live, you may need grow lights to assist with the sprouting.
Indoor plants thrive with an outdoor vacation during mild months. When the temperature warms, bring your indoor garden outside for a few weeks. Be careful not to shock your plants—ease them into the new environment with a few minutes a day at first.
Choose the right plants for your space
Setting yourself up for success means picking plants that are suited to your space. For instance, if you live in a low-lit basement suite, opt for low-light loving plants like ferns, ivies, and pothos’. If you have large windows and a humidifier, you might fill your indoor garden with orchids.
If you’re unsure which plants will thrive in your home, talk to your local garden shop for advice.
The needs of our indoor plants change with the seasons. During the winter, they require considerably less water. Ignoring this natural shift will result in root rot, weak growth, and mold.
To make sure you’re not over-watering, check the organic soil in your plants. If it’s wet or moist two inches down, leave alone. If it is dry two inches down, water.
In your first year, you’ll want to check your plants more frequently to get a sense of just how much water they’ll need.
Forget the fertilizer
Summer is for growing, and winter is for resting. During this time, our plants go dormant and conserve energy. Adding fertilizer goes against this natural rhythm and will result in weaker plants.
Avoid cold windows, vents, and drafts
Plants can easily become stressed if they’re exposed to environmental changes like temperature fluctuations.
Before the first frost, move any windowsill plants to a warmer spot for winter. Also be sure to check for nearby vents blasting heat and chilly drafts from doors.
Wash your windows
Keeping clean windows means maximizing light exposure—something that is crucial for plants during the shorter, darker days of winter. Remember, indoor plants still need several hours of indirect sunlight each day to stay healthy.
Clean your plants
Your plants need all the help they can get right now. Gently wiping away any collected dust from the leaves will allow your plants to better absorb whatever light they do get during these months.
Three things to do before right spring
Trim any dead leaves or old growth
Consider repotting to boost nutrients
Remember the organic fertilizer
Growing your own indoor organic garden is rewarding in more ways than one. Not only does it give you a healthy hobby for the winter, it also boosts your self-esteem when you see your plants thriving. Plus, if you decide to sprout organic veggie seeds this winter, you’ll be well on your way to a hearty outdoor growing season.