New to indoor gardening? Are your indoor plants flourishing or wilting? Check out these 5 indoor gardening mistakes beginners should avoid when starting their gardens indoor.
Mistake 1: Over-watering
Plants love water but don’t want to swim in it, so make sure your pots offer sufficient drainage. Look for pots that have a hole at the bottom that will let excess water seep out — and pair them with a saucer so you don’t have a mess.
Mistake 2: Not giving a plant enough light
Too much or too little light could be the reason why an indoor plant is struggling. Google the particular plant or ask a horticulturist at your local nursery how much light a specific indoor plant needs.
Mistake 3: Being too ambitious
Growing plants from seed isn’t easy if you’re new to gardening. There’s no shame in beginning with a starter plant from the gardening store.
Mistake 4: Leaving a plant in the same pot for too long
If a sickly-looking plant has been in a pot for over a year, transplant it into a bigger pot with fresh, well-composted soil. Chances are good that the roots have filled the pot, making it a crowded house with no room to grow.
Mistake 5: Not giving the soil a nutrient boost
Don’t rely on the potting soil your plant comes in. Feed your actively growing plants with liquid fertilizer or organic fish emulsion once a week. And if you compost, make sure to mix some into the soil.