It’s very satisfying to wake up to a touch of green. Whether you’d like to start growing your own fruits or vegetables, or you simply want to take care of some indoor plants, an apartment garden is a good investment. Houseplants can also help purify the air and bring down the amount of carbon dioxide in the air.
Here’s some advice for first-time apartment renters who want to start growing plants indoors.
Assess your space
Even with the limited space of apartments, you can still make room for a garden. Look around your apartment for spots where you can put your plants. These include windowsills, nightstands, or the space next to a couch or a chair. Wall planters or hanging plants are great space-saving ideas.
If you’re lucky enough to have a balcony, or rooftop access, then you can put your plants in outdoor containers. You can also buy window boxes to make space for even more plants.
To make the most of a small space, pick columnar plants like a rubber plant or fiddle leaf fig. These will shoot up without taking up a lot of space.
Follow the light
How much sunlight does your apartment get? If your place is flooded with direct sunlight for at least eight hours, then you have full sun. If direct sunlight is limited to four to six hours, then you have partial shade. If you receive less than four hours of direct sunlight, your apartment is in full shade.
The amount of direct sunlight in your apartment determines the kind of plants you choose. Most flowering plants, as well as philodendrons, like a full sun, although philodendrons are also fine with indirect sunlight. Choose succulents for an apartment with partial shade. If you have a partially shaded windowsill, it’s the perfect spot for a spider plant. Meanwhile, peace lilies and the hardy snake plant will thrive in an apartment with very low light.
Keep it simple with low-maintenance plants
If you’re just starting out or you don’t have a lot of time to devote to plants, choose low-maintenance air plants, succulents, and cacti.
Also known as tillandsia, air plants thrive in bright, indirect, light. They just need to be misted every few days.
There are many different varieties of succulents, including aloe vera, jade, echeveria, zebra plant, and panda plant. If your succulent is in a small pot, then it just needs to be watered once a week.
Cacti follow the same watering schedule as succulents. Like air plants, they also benefit from bright, indirect sunlight.
Up your cooking game with herbs
A lot of herbs thrive on windowsills. Avid cooks with a sunny windowsill can grow chives, mint, and parsley. These herbs enjoy moist soil, so check these plants every so often to make sure that the soil in their pots hasn’t dried out. Once your chives are at least six inches, you can trim around one to two inches to sprinkle on top of your dishes. Retain at least half an inch of growth so that your chive plant will continue to thrive.
Trim your mint plant regularly because it grows quickly. If you remove the flowers before your mint plant blooms, then you can extend your mint harvest.
Unlike mint, parsley grows slowly, so try not to remove too many leaves at once. Make sure to cut sprigs from the outside of your parsley plant.
Plant vegetables inside or outdoors
A lot of vegetables thrive in sunny balconies, but you can still grow veg inside your apartment. You can grow small carrots inside containers. You can also plant garlic greens, microgreens, and even tomatoes. Tomatoes need at least 10 hours of light per day, and you’ll also need to stake your tomato plants or use a tomato cage before your plant becomes top-heavy.
Salad greens like arugula, spinach, and lettuce grow fast and have shallow roots, so they don’t need to be planted in deep containers. They also grow well in partial sun. Make sure to give your salad greens plenty of water, as they like moist soil.
Growing plants is an excellent hobby. Not only can they help purify the air and provide pops of color, they can even help augment your diet.
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