Garden Minute: Bring your garden indoors

The fall weather is finally here, temperatures are turning too cold and damp to continue to enjoy gardening outdoors so why not bring the garden inside.

Gardening indoors can be a challenge for many people, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you have a north, south or east facing window you can design and create your own garden oasis in a window. Plants can provide beauty to your home as well as added health benefits. According to NASA, studies have shown that plants can improve the quality of air indoors by removing toxins. “Plants take the carbon dioxide from the air to produce oxygen that humans can breathe.” That alone is enough to motivate me to bring the outdoors in, how about you?

Before you head out to your local garden center to shop for plants here are a few things you need to know. Once you get there, it can be a little overwhelming walking into that warm garden oasis with beautiful flowers and tropical foliage. You have no idea where to start.

You first need to locate the brightest window or area in your home. For some that could be a north or north east facing window, where you only get early morning light. Knowing the lighting exposure is half the battle. Now you will be able to find the right plant for the right location. Always select healthy looking plants that have full lush green foliage. Avoid yellowing or brown leaves. Add additional light if you need to, depending on what you are growing, grow lights are a great source of supplemental lighting. If you have a bright southern exposure consider yourself lucky, you can grow a combination of herbs and foliage in your garden.

Remember that your indoor garden should enhance the beauty and interior of your home. I like to keep my pots the same style, that way your display will look like a cohesive design with intention. Otherwise it can look too busy instead of complimentary to your interior. I also like to add layers and dimension. If you don’t have a deep sill in your window use plant stands to create a platform or varying heights. Be creative and reinvent an old bar cart or tea caddy for plant storage. They usually have two or three shelves with wheels ideal for plants and movability. For hanging plants, remove the green growers pot the plant is already in and select a more decorative option, like a decorative hanging bowl shaped planter.

Always follow proper watering guidelines based upon each variety of plant. My golden rule is, allow plants to dry before watering and keep a calendar handy to log watering and fertilizer days. You will have a better idea of how often or not often you are watering and feeding. Feed with a water soluble fertilizer, 10-10-10 concentration weekly and reduce during the winter months.

Indoor gardening is a great way to stay in touch with nature all season long.

Here are my top 10 easy to grow foliage and flowering indoor plants:

1. Philodendron

2. Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen

3. Dieffenbachia Dumb Cane

4. Schefflera

5. Dracaena

6. Rieger Begonia

7. Spathiphyllum Peace Lily

8. Bromeliad

9. Phalaenopsis Orchids

10. Succulents