What is one to do when you are an avid gardener and growing season turns into short nights and freezing temps? Bring the outdoors in for the winter. When it comes to growing plants inside, there are many options for those that lack space or light. Whether it be edibles for winter feasting or houseplants for enhancing your living area these tips will have you and your plants happy until spring arrives.
If you live in an apartment or home that does not have extra room for nurturing plants, try vertical growing. Instead of spreading your plants throughout your space on countertops, tables and the like, consider planting them in stackable upright growing containers. In addition to reducing space needed to grow your plants, you can stack the number of layers required without wasting containers, and they are designed for efficient watering. Simply water from the top and the containers carry the water down through the remaining plants.
Growing plants from the ceiling down in hanging baskets or on the walls with a growing grid can also be accomplished with very little investment and offer flourishing possibilities for those tight on living space. Lack of room should never be the reason you cannot appreciate your plants year-round.
Let There Be Light
Even though bringing plants indoors for the winter saves them from potentially dangerous weather conditions, we remove them from the sunlight plants so desperately need. Understanding how much sun your plants need requires you to survey your window placement. Southern facing windows get the most amount of daylight, whereas, northern windows get very little sunshine. East and west facing windows receive partial sun during the day. Place your plants according to their sunlight needs to the corresponding windows. If however, your home does not offer enough true sunlight for your plants, consider growing lights.
Bulbs come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on their purpose. Incandescent lighting is ideal for low-light plants, as these bulbs produce 90% heat and 10% light. Fluorescent lighting options on-the-other-hand can be sufficient lighting for plants needing indirect, moderate or direct sunlight. The light requirements of your plants will determine the size of the bulb(s) needed.
Whether it be herbs, flowers or any plant in between, bringing your love of gardening indoors for the winter months is a perfect way to enjoy uninterrupted cultivating. Do not forget, in addition to providing a space for growth and adequate lighting; one must be aware of the watering needs, and adjust accordingly, as homes tend to be drier during the winter.