Indoor Gardening Tips

An indoor garden can be lots of fun and also very healthy for you. When maintaining an indoor garden, any extra help, tips and tricks along the way are always useful. Here we’ll go through some very helpful tips on how to care for your indoor garden:

• Make always sure you have the correct amount of lighting for the crop size of your garden. Having inadequate light coverage causes plants to “reach” towards the light which causes nodes to space themselves an unhealthy distance apart. It can also cause very slow growth and eventually lead to the plants not producing fruit. Having said that, too much light is only a problem if you do not have the correct amount of ventilation and air exchange in your grow room.

• When growing different varieties of plants, some require different light cycles than others. This can get a little confusing, so when starting an indoor garden and selecting seeds, double check that they all require the same lighting cycle, if at all possible.

• Watering you plants correctly will maximize their growth and also eliminate most of your common plant problems. Many people either overwater or underwater without even realizing it. An easy to remember rule of thumb is to stick your finger into the soil about two inches – if it is moist or wet, then wait to water; if it is dry, then water. You basically want to water your plants when the soil is mostly dry as this is when the roots receive most of their oxygen. It is always better to underwater than overwater.

• Proper soil drainage is the most important aspect to a healthy root system. When growing in pots, always make sure that there are enough (or more than enough) drainage holes. If a pot has inadequate drainage, water will not drain out of the soil properly, root rot will develop and this can be fatal to your plants.

• Mist your plants every two to three days with a spray bottle. Plants love to get their foliage fed as it makes their leaves stronger and more productive. This is because the plants waste less energy circulating water from the soil to the leaves. However, make sure you don’t over mist – moisture which is allowed to sit on the leaves for too long leads to mold development which can eventually lead to problems. After misting, wait an hour or so and then check the leaves – if you see that they are still wet, just shake the plant a little to remove the excess water.

• A great air exchange in an indoor garden is very important as you always will need a constant supply of fresh air coming into (and circulating around) your garden. You also need to exhaust the spent and hot air out of the room. For this purpose, it is necessary to always have a minimum of two fans in your indoor garden, but I would recommend having three or more, depending on your garden size. If you do decide on three, it is imperative that you always have one fan circulating air in, another circulating air out and a third oscillating air around the room for even distribution of air.