Indoor gardening can be a fun and rewarding hobby. Not only do healthy plants add an element of freshness and positivity to the surroundings, but they also provide a sense of life growing and blooming around. However, growing plants indoors can also be challenging if you’re not aware of the common mistakes that many beginners make. If you’re also facing any of these challenges, worry no more. In this blog post, we’ll go over four of the most common indoor gardening mistakes and how to avoid them.
Overwatering or underwatering
One of the most common mistakes that indoor gardeners make is overwatering or underwatering their plants. If not the number one plant killer, wrong watering is probably one of the topmost reasons for plants dying. Over-watering can lead to root rot, while under-watering can cause the leaves to turn yellow and wilt. To avoid this, check the soil moisture before watering the plant, and water only when the first 2-3 inches of the soil look dry. Also, try to keep the watering schedule consistent for the best results.
Using the wrong potting mix
Another common mistake is using the wrong type of potting mix. Different plants have different needs, and using the wrong mix can lead to poor growth or even death. For example, your indoor foliage plants need a potting mix that retains moisture for some time while ensuring proper aeration. On the other hand, succulents hate sitting in moisture for long and need a sand-added mix that drains quickly. Therefore, be sure to use a potting mix that is specifically formulated for the type of plant you’re growing. Most importantly, make sure that the potting mix you are using is well-draining to prevent a root rot possibility.
Not having adequate light for plants
Although most of your indoor plants don’t need direct sunlight, they still need an adequate amount of light – whether bright indirect sunlight or artificial light. Even low-light plants like ZZ or philodendrons need sufficient light to survive and grow. Many indoor gardeners make the mistake of placing their plants in a spot where they don’t get enough light. Lack of light can cause the leaves to turn pale and the plant to become spindly.
Be sure to place your plants in a spot where they will get at least six hours of indirect sunlight per day. If they are at a place where indirect sunlight doesn’t reach, ensure there is enough bright artificial light. However, for better results, try keep then in bright indirect sunlight for a day once a week.
Using the wrong-sized pot
One common mistake by many indoor gardeners is using a pot that is too small or too large for the plant. Not every pot size is right for every type of plant. A pot that is too small can cause the roots to become cramped, while a pot that is too large can make it difficult for the plant to absorb enough moisture. Be sure to choose a pot that is the appropriate size for the plant, and make sure to repot your plants as they overgrow.
In conclusion, by avoiding these common indoor gardening mistakes, you’ll be well on your way to growing a beautiful and healthy indoor garden. Remember to check the soil moisture before watering, use the right type of potting mix, place your plants in a spot where they’ll get enough light, and use the right size pot for your plants. With the right care and attention, your indoor garden will thrive.
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