GO GREEN. Take gardening and planting flowers inside, even if you haven’t had luck with plants or flowers before. If you haven’t been able to grow houseplants up till now, maybe you just haven’t met the right one. A good rule of thumb for indoor gardening is to find out what you can grow and then to grow a lot of it.
- Growing plants and flowers indoors is relatively easy. All you need is rich fertile soil and a decently large pot or planter. Large terracotta jars can be the best to use because they are relatively cheap, and if the plant breaks the jar, it isn’t too big a loss.
- Use fresh soil. Even if you’re only planning on keeping the arrangement alive for a few months, it will look better and last much longer if you use fresh potting soil. Once the soil is spent, simply throw it into the spring garden when you turn your soil for the season.
- Fertilize. A single dose of controlled-release fertilizer when you plant is a good idea.
- Don’t plant too deep. Flowers and annuals should be planted so their root balls are even with, or slightly above, the soil level. Flowers that are planted too deep die.
- Provide as much sun as possible. Most of the flowers you’ll choose to grow indoors will naturally want as much sun as possible. Pinch off spent flowers to promote flowering.
- Provide adequate water. Indoor annuals will require more water than your regular houseplants to look their best. Watch your plants carefully for signs of wilting or drooping, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself watering twice a week.
In the most general sense, anything you can grow outdoors can also grow indoors for at least a few months. So what are you waiting for?
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