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Here’s to Houseplants (Part 1)

I started gardening indoors many years ago when I moved into my first apartment. Of course, at the time, I only had a few houseplants that were easy to care for (a sansevieria and spider plant). But now I have an entire garden indoors. I just love indoor gardening, from tropical house plants to fruit trees – it’s a great way for me to get my gardening “fix” during the cold winter months. There are so many different kinds of plants that you can grow indoors – it’s impossible to provide a single list of dos and don’ts. But there are some general how-to houseplant guidelines you can follow.

 Gurney's Seed and Nursery Dwarf Venous Orange Fruit Tree Pots and soil

When I’m planting (or transplanting), I use a pot that is slightly larger than the plant’s root ball. If the pot is too small, the plant will be rootbound, and if too big, it will tend to retain too much water. It’s best to have a drainage hole, but if your pot doesn’t have one, you can add an inch or so of small pebbles at the bottom for drainage.

I especially like to grow dwarf-sized fruit trees. They do well in containers, and are easy to prune to keep their height and shape under control. Some of the trees are native to my area and can remain on the patio even for the winter months. But I bring the tropical fruit tree containers indoors for protection during winter months.

I generally use a plant mix that is made especially for houseplants – then I know it is the right mix for indoors. Be sure to check the individual requirements of your plants though – some may require a specialized mix for best results, especially for those that flower or produce fruit.


5 comments to Here’s to Houseplants (Part 1)

  • Hi, I just wanted to say you have a wonderful site and this was a very informative article. I bookmarked your site and have it in my reader now…looking forward to future content.

  • vannie

    Actually, I really love gardening. In fact I have nice indoor plants. But I got busy and I couldn’t pay attention to them that’s why they died.

  • You are right about the drainage. I have experienced that myself. I tend to analyze which plants I have and how would they grow, would they need a bigger pot or not. But, above all the drainage thing can be applied to all kinds of plants.

  • This is what I’ve been looking for. I’ve always loved plants and keep on dreaming for a time when I’ll get to have my very own veggie patch in my backyard. Sadly, we live in an apartment (concrete everywhere)! There’s no space to plant. I never imagined you could use pots to grow veggies.

  • The dwarf sized fruit trees and other dwarf plants work great for indoor spaces and usually respond well to changing light such as LEDs or fluorescent if you bring them in for the winter. We also use dwarf plants in many of our testing chambers because of height restrictions and they produce dense fruit if you give them the right light spectrum and don’t over water them. Great tip on checking for specific requirements, many people don’t do this and simply over feed or don’t provide enough light to produce fruit.

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