Tips & Hacks for Growing Plants Indoor

Select the Right Space for Your Plants

Select the Right Space for Your Plants


Since you’ll be growing indoors, it’s important to consider the conditions of your gardening space. You will want to think about how much light the plants will get, the temperature of the room, how big the plants will grow and how long it will take for them to reach maturity.

Find a Sight with the Right Light

Find a Sight with the Right Light


When deciding where to place a plant, keep in mind that south-facing windows receive much more light than north-facing ones. With east- or west-facing windows, observe the amounts of morning or afternoon sun they get before putting plants near them. Plants with brightly colored foliage need more light than others. A half-turn of the pot every day or two will keep the growth of your houseplant even, since foliage automatically bends toward the light. Because light is more intense in summer than in winter, you may need to move sun-sensitive plants in hot months.

Know How Often to Water Your Plants

Know How Often to Water Your Plants


Watering frequency of indoor plants depends on the type of plants you have! Generally speaking, most gardening experts suggest you water houseplants once a week. Even desert plants like cacti should get water weekly, but they can obviously go a bit longer without water than broadleaf plants. Some more delicate plants may like to be “watered from the bottom.” This means you can place water in a dish, and place their pot (with holes on the bottom) in the dish for water to be absorbed upwards. Most houseplants thrive in a temperature range of 65º – 75º F, but they can still grow inside if it’s hotter or cooler. When it’s warmer, you might need to water them more, and not as much when it’s cooler. Learn how to check soil moisture and adjust watering when necessary. Some plants need care that’s a little different than what you might think at first. For example, orchids like a lot of humidity, but you should avoid dousing them in water. It’s generally advised that you place 3 ice cubes in your orchid’s pot per week. Also—depending on where you live, you may want to mist them with water every day to maintain their humidity.

Know When to Re-pot

Know When to Re-pot


Re-potting can be done at any time, but the best time is just before growth begins, which is in spring for most houseplants. Here are four signs that a plant is ready for re-potting: New leaves appear slowly and are very small compared to older leaves; soil dries out very quickly or water runs down the inside of the pot without soaking in; roots are growing out through the drainage holes or are appearing above the soil’s surface in the pots; or roots are so tightly coiled that when you pull the plant from the pot, you see all roots and no soil.

Make Pots Hold Water Longer

Make Pots Hold Water Longer


If your potted houseplants dry out too quickly after watering, try this simple trick for keeping the soil moist longer. When re-potting, tuck a damp sponge into the bottom of the pot before filling with soil. It will act as a water reservoir and may help prevent a gusher if you accidentally over water.

Use Ice Cubes to Water 

Use Ice Cubes to Water 


Place them around the soil, but not touching the stem. The ice will melt slowly, releasing water gradually and evenly into the soil.