Our fast paced apartment living need not deny us the opportunity to exercise the green thumb and enjoy the nature. Indoor gardens are the ideal solution for the metropolitan dilemma of wanting a garden but lacking the time and space to devote to it.

Indoor Garden

The indoor garden not only adds to the beauty of the home but brings several health benefits by clearing the air of many toxins. It creates a cocoon of calm and relaxation right in middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. Quality family time can be carved out by involving your kids in planting and maintenance of the garden. Best part about the indoor garden is that it can be as big or as small as you want it to be.

DIFFERENT FASHIONS OF ARRANGING INDOOR GARDEN

WALL GARDEN  

indoor wall gardenhigh visual impact and least consumption of space make this a great choice.

The wall gives ample opportunity for creativity in display as it facilitates experimentation by combining various elements like wood, metal, recycled plastic etc. Leafy greens and flowering plants are best suited for showing off on the wall in mounted pots or recycled containers. Ivies and vines can also be used to create a vertical lawn.

HERB GARDEN

this miniature garden not only brightens the kitchen but adds fresh and healthy produce to your meals.

Best suited for growing herbs like basil, mint, cilantro, the garden can extend to vegetables like cherry tomatoes. This gives a good scope for adding a bohemian feel to the décor, as you can try-out potting with various containers like mason jars, tea cups, recycled ceramic and earthen utensils etc.indoor kitchen Garden

 

POTTED PLANTS

Potted plants displayed on a ladder in the indoor garden– this is preferred for the leafy greens that do not need direct sunlight like ferns and palms. As these are potted individually they are portable and can be arranged in different ways periodically to retain the freshness of the décor. They can be grouped and displayed on interesting pieces of furniture like ladders, stands, tables etc. for greater appeal. Larger ones like, rubber plant which thrive in shadier spots can be used in corners

 

HANGING BASKETS

Hanging baskets– the cascading greens like ivy are best suited for display in hanging baskets from the ceiling. Different shapes and colours can be combined to make an attractive display.

ROCK GARDEN

– this is an enchanting addition made by Indoor Rock Gardenremoving a small part of flooring in the room. This is designed with pebbles in different shades, rocks, water structures and small statues etc. Plants like succulents, cacti, bonsai and palm are added to the garden.

THINGS TO NOTE WHILE MAINTAINING AN INDOOR GARDEN

When it comes to indoor gardens, a rule of thumb is to group the plants with similar needs of sunlight and humidity together. Following are some major considerations to be kept in mind for raising a thriving indoor garden –

  1. Sunlight – Usually plants require 6 to 8 hours of sunlight every day. Some plants like basil, mint etc. thrive in direct sunlight while other leafy greens prefer cooler spots with indirect sunlight. Turn your plants everyday so that they don’t bend towards the light.
  2. Air – plants need plenty of air to breathe, so open the windows every day and facilitate air circulation.
  3. Water – be mindful of the specific water needs of the plants. A common rule is that the soil should be slightly damp to touch when you water. And stop watering when it starts to drain from the pot – it means water has reached to the base of the root.
  4. Soil – Use the potting soil and not the outdoor garden soil. Revitalize the plants by adding fertilizers once a month.
  5. Container– the pot or container should be 6 to 8 inches high providing generous space for the roots to grow. It should have holes in the bottom for draining.
  6. Pruning – Get rid of the bad growth and promote healthy growth with regular pruning of leaves and branches.

RECOMMENDED PLANTS

If you are a beginner, your best bet would be maintenance light plants like Aloe Vera, Ferns and Herbs etc. Increase the chances of going green successfully by choosing the plants best suited for tropical Indian climate. We recommend these plants –

ALOE VERA

Aloe Vera
This plant thrives on sunny windowsills and has a plethora of health benefits. It is a great choice for gardening novices as it grows effortlessly and requires very little maintenance.

 

AZALEA

Azalea
This native Indian shrub with glossy leaves and colourful blooms blossoms in cooler areas with little access to sunlight. Most important concern for azalea is moisture – it needs to be constantly watered.

 

ARECA PALM 

Areca Palm
This is very good for filtering and improving moisture in the air. It needs to be placed in indirect sunlight and regularly watered so that soil is kept slightly moist.

ORCHIDS

Orchid
Even though orchids have a notorious reputation when it comes to upkeep, some exceptions like ladies slipper and dendrobium, thrive in shady indirect sunlight of the indoors. These orchids also clear xylene from the air.

 

PEACE LILLY

Lily
This plant is a great addition to indoors as it can thrive with very little sunlight, is drought resistant and requires very little fertilisers. Additionally, it improves the air quality while adding to the décor with lovely white blooms.

 

LAVENDER

lavender
This flowering herb is not only aromatic but also an insect repellent. This is a sun lover and requires round the clock watering.

 

MONEY PLANT

money plant for indian interior garden
This evergreen climber can grow in both water and soil and requires little/no fertilizers. It needs regular pruning. It thrives in the shady indoors and requires regular pruning

 

GRAPE IVY

Ivy for indian interior gardening
This air purifying plant is at its best in shady indoors and requires very little watering. It looks great spilling out from hanging baskets.

 

FISH TAIL FERN

fish tail fern for indian indoor garden
Another good option for the uninitiated, this plant needs very little sunlight and watering. It purifies the air and keeps its lush green colour throughout the year.

If you were contemplating on bringing a slice of outdoors into your home, hopefully this article has been a nudge in the right direction. Join the ‘Go Green’ Movement and share your  indoor garden adventure with us.