Gardening, just like any activity, can be tricky sometimes, especially when you are highly passionate but do not have much experience. If you want to make minimum mistakes, there are a few basic things you should know. Whether you have an indoor herb garden or have decorated your home, you should check out the following 13 indoor gardening mistakes.
1. The Wrong Location
Most plants come with many requirements, including those related to the location. The right place means that your plants, regardless of what they are, have access to as much light or shade they need to thrive. Keeping your plants in unsuitable locations may even kill them, so you should research your plants before adding them to your indoor garden.
2. Changing Your Mind
When we organize our outdoor or indoor garden, it is essential to plan ahead. Unless you plan to renovate your home or have another major project, you should not change your setup. This is a frequent gardening mistake that interferes with your plants’ health because they need time to adapt to each place. You are also more likely to damage them if you keep moving them around.
3. Wrong Plants
Many plant enthusiasts love lots of flowers and plants, but picking them is not only a matter of preference. In fact, you should choose plants depending on your home environmental factors, including light, soil, growth characteristics, and your time available for plant maintenance. Even more important, consider the fact that not all plants are suitable for indoor gardens.
4. Wrong Container
Many people do not consider the fact that the container also matters if you want your indoor garden to be healthy and thrive. Containers must always be the right size for your plants. On the one hand, a small pot means that your plant doesn’t have space to grow, so it will die soon. A very large pot is not suitable either because plants love a snug fit.
5. Soil Quality
Lack of research on your soil type and quality can also affect your indoor plants. Poor quality or inappropriate soil type means that your plants will starve and might even die. Think about it this way – you will never feed your pets any random food you find around, so you should not put your plants in random soil with unknown quality and nutrients.
6. Spraying the Leaves
Many novice gardeners spray the leaves of their plants to freshen them up and keep them hydrated. However, not many know that this a common mistake and, if you water the leaves too often, your plant will suffer from fungi or rot. This is even more relevant in the case of indoor plants because the water won’t evaporate quickly enough. As a result, make sure you water the soil, not the leaves.
Most beginners greatly overestimate the amount of water required by their plants—some people even water all of their plants on a daily basis. Unfortunately, most plants require up to two watering sessions per week, at most, while others need even less water. This is also relevant during cold months when plant growth slows down, along with water intake.
The opposite side is the fact that many gardeners forget to water their plants altogether. In some cases, people are so aware of overwatering issues that they will stop watering their plants. The best thing you can do is check the soil and keep it as moist as the plant requires it to be.
9. Sunlight Needs
Another frequent gardening mistake is to put the plants where you think they fit best as decorations. The truth is, however, that you need to take into consideration their lighting needs. There are numerous shade-loving and sun-loving varieties, so you can still decorate any area of your home as you want. Always keep in mind that winter months may not be as sunny as summer ones.
10. Fertilizer Mistakes
Your indoor plants will surely need fertilizer because they do not have access to all the organic matter in our outdoor gardens. However, do not overdo it by adding lots of fertilizer and avoid starving your plants. Make sure you check the packet’s instructions. Alternatively, you can also add compost to your indoor plants.
11. Too Crowded
As briefly mentioned above, always make a plan before you start adding the plants to your home. This is because you need to allow proper space for each of them. Also, consider how big the plants will be when they reach maturity. Some varieties do better when they are planted close to each other, but other types enjoy their own space.
12. Forgetting About Pruning
Pruning is not only an outdoor activity. If you have an indoor garden, you will most likely need to trim your plants frequently. Although cutting your plants can be seen as inappropriate when you want to have a lush garden, this will actually help them grow healthier and quicker. It’s also recommended to remove all dead or dying branches and leaves.
13. Too Much Work
Most beginners are so excited to get started with their own indoor garden that they overdo it in the beginning. This is great, but it’s best to set achievable goals and start step by step. Too many plants will make you feel discouraged, especially if you realize you do not enough free time to take care of them. Start with only one or two plants and add more every week or so. Keep in mind that growing plants from seeds is even more time-consuming.