Top 10 House Gardening Tips

Introducing plants into your home can be a little intimidating for first-timers. Here are a few useful guidelines from Succulents and All Things Under Glass to help you start growing plants in your home.


1. Position plants carefully

Choose plants that suit the environment, since even the most dedicated gardener can’t make a sun-loving plant thrive in a cold, shady area. So, ensure that your plants are suited to the light levels and temperature of the room in which they’ll be positioned.


2. Try to avoid direct sun

Windowsills in direct sunlight will be too hot for most house plants. Also, don’t place house plants over direct sources of heat, such as radiators.


3. Avoid shady areas

Ensure there is sufficient light for your house plants to photosynthesize effectively.


4. Avoid temperature extremes

Keep delicate plants away from drafts, since these will decrease humidity levels.


5. Pot on regularly

Aim to repot your house plants into larger pots every two years or so. This will ensure that they are not stressed and will thrive.


6. Be well equipped

Use the proper tools for indoor gardening. A long-spouted watering can and a mister to increase humidity are both essential for reducing dust levels, as well as dealing with pest and disease outbreaks. A long-handled fork and a pair of scissors are great for accessing difficult areas, while a sponge attached to a long handle will keep glass containers clean.


7. Water wisely

Don’t overwater house plants; adding some drainage material at the bottom of the pot will help to keep roots aerated and ensure that they don’t drown.


8. Winter dormancy

Allow house plants to rest during the winter period and move them to a cooler position. This is because most plants are dormant at this time, and so don’t need as much sunlight. You should also reduce the amount of water and food you provide, as this can help to prevent diseases such as mold and root rot. Move plants away from windows, because these areas will be too cold in the winter.


9. Be vigilant

Learn to recognize potential problems early on, before a pest infestation or other physiological problem kills off your plant. For example, danger signs for low air humidity include flower buds falling off, leaves withering, and leaves with brown tips. Signs of high humidity include mold, rot, and soft growth.


10. Think long-term

Some popular house plant gifts only have a short growing period, so choose plants that will thrive for longer if you want a year-round display.


This extract is from Succulents and All Things Under Glass by Isabelle Palmer. To get more great blog posts like this one - direct to your inbox – be sure to sign up to our mailing list here.