So you’re starting an indoor garden? Awesome!
Indoor plants have a myriad of benefits, from stress reduction, to air purification, to aesthetics. Are you wondering where to start? There are literally dozens of indoor plants you can choose from. Here’s a list of 20 common and easy-to-grow indoor plants to get you started. The list includes plants you may find without much trouble at your local supermarket or gardening center, like aloe, spider plant, and peace lily. Feeling more adventurous? Here’s a list of more unusual indoor plants, like desert rose or a coffee plant, that are still easy to care for.
Speaking of plant care: keeping a plant alive may seem daunting. But it’s very possible to get plants to grow and thrive indoors!
Here are a few tips to get you started on your indoor gardening adventure:
Tip #1: Select the right plants for your space.
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. Listed below are a few plant varieties we recommend for your first indoor garden because they thrive in in cooler spaces with indirect light and are quick to harvest.
Tip #2: Get to know what your plants like.
The diversity of plants worldwide is incredibly vast. Just think of the many plants you are familiar with: flowers that grow in temperate summers, lush tropical trees and vines, and desert cacti. All plants have evolved to deal with certain sets of conditions that have to do with temperature, light, water, and nutrient availability (to name just a few). Every plant needs sunlight, water, and nutrients, but they may need them in different quantities. Get to know the specific requirements of the plant(s) you have. It’s super important to read the instructions on the tag that your plant comes with. It’s also a good idea to do some searching on your own, for tips and tricks on how to best care for your plant.
Tip #3: Be sure you 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.