At Gardenista, we’re enthusiastic about getting our knees in the soil, but bringing the green indoors is where it really pays off. We love the challenge of growing herbs inside, tending to house plants and arranging fresh flowers for a bedside bouquet.
Here are a few of our favorite tips for success with indoor plants.
Indoor Potted Plants
Start with on easy-care plants; they’ll be okay if you skip a watering or two. If you have a sunny sill (moderate to bright light), get a jade, ferns, succulents or cacti. If possible, choose a plant that reduces air pollutants. Our favorites are rubber plants, dracaenas, snake plants, and peace lilies.
Plants, like most people, are most comfortable at temperatures ranging from 65 to 75 degrees F. Do your best to avoid placing your plant near vents, radiators, and exterior doors, which might create hot or cold spots and drafts.
If you’re buying flowers from a farmer’s market or florist, give them a fresh cut once you get them home. Use clean scissors to cut your stems at an angle. Make sure to cut any leaves off the stem that might rot inside the vase’s water and keep in mind that all the stems need to reach the bottom of the vase to ensure that they’ll be fully submerged as the water levels go down.
Try using branches and stems of different heights to create shape. Use a base of something green like eucalyptus to start, and build off the base with colored flowers like peonies or hydrangeas.
Soft, leafy herbs like chives, parsley, mint, cilantro, tarragon, oregano, and lemon balm can do quite well in slightly shadier spots indoors. If you have a tiny window ledge, consider potting up a few of these herbs to enjoy all summer long.
Repot herb starts in a planter or window box with good drainage. You can also use small rocks at the bottom of your planter to prevent the soil from compacting and clogging up drainage holes. We recommend using a small tray underneath the planter to catch water drainage. If you are planting multiple herbs in one container, make sure to leave about 2 inches between each plant to ensure that they’ll have room to stretch out a bit. Keep the soil moist but don’t over water.
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