Have you been thinking about starting an indoor garden, but are hesitant because you think you don’t have a green thumb? Relax! With help from our indoor grow kits and the following advice, you’ll soon have a thriving mini garden in your home!
To help your adventures in indoor gardening kick off on the right foot, here are six gardening mistakes to avoid with indoor grow kits.
- Not researching plants first
Not all plants will thrive and grow well in indoor grow kits, so it’s important to do some research before you start planting. Here are some of the best houseplants and edibles to grow inside:
Best houseplants: aloe, English ivy, rubber tree, peace lily, snake plant, bamboo palm, philodendron, spider plant, red-edged dracaena, succulents and golden pothos
Best indoor edibles: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, carrots, radishes, potatoes, mushrooms, green beans, peas, citrus trees, micro greens, salad greens, scallions and herbs (Want to learn more about growing herbs? Check out our these 5 herbs to grow inside using indoor grow kits.)
Once you choose your plants, it’s then important to research the growing requirements of your plants to ensure you provide them a proper home. (More on this below!)
- Not using proper soil
Figuring out the best soil for your plants will require a little research. For example, succulents and citrus plants will do best in a fast-draining potting mix featuring sand and perlite. Other plants will thrive in an indoor potting mix that’s specially designed for container plants. Our Garden Jar indoor grow kit takes the guesswork out of soil research as it includes a growing media that’s perfect for the herb or flower seeds that you select for the kit.
- Not having proper sunlight
Once again, research is key when figuring out the best sunlight situation for your indoor kits. Many of the edible plants listed above require full sunlight, which means a spot near a south-facing window that receives bright light all day. If you can’t provide that kind of sunlight for your plants, then consider using grow lights with your indoor edibles. Several of the houseplants listed above do well in indirect or even low light, making them perfect if your home doesn’t get full sun.
- Over or underwatering
If you water your indoor grow kits too much, your plants will be susceptible to root rot. But if you don’t water them enough, your plant may shrivel up and die. Nailing the correct amount of water and the right watering frequency will require a little research and some trial and error. Our Never Dry Jardiniere Planter makes watering a breeze with a self-watering design that helps you maintain your plant’s ideal hydration.
- Not providing proper nutrients
For lush foliage and beautiful blooms, your kits will need a boost of nutrients every once in a while. For houseplants, look into plant foods that are created for indoor plants. These plant foods can feed your plants for months at a time and contain micronutrients that are especially beneficial to houseplants. For your indoor edibles, find a plant food that’s designed for indoor plants and is safe to use on edibles.
- Planting too much too soon
As plant lovers ourselves, we understand wanting to grow as many plants as possible. But don’t forget that each tiny seed will grow…and grow and grow and grow…requiring proper space and maintenance! Before you know it, you may have a jungle in your home! We recommend starting small with your indoor grow kits and slowly adding to your collection as your space and time allows.
Now that you are an indoor gardening pro, start growing with our indoor grow kits: https://www.46spruce.com/collections/indoor-grow-kits