Make no mistake about it. Indoor plants can liven-up a room decor instantly. In addition, they clean the air and circulate oxygen. But don’t run out and start buying plants just yet. Not all plants do well when grown indoors.
So, your first step is making sure the plant is of the indoor type. This information can be found on the tag or label attached to pot. Here you’ll find information about its light needs, water requirements and other relevant information. Below are 5 tips to help you enjoy success with any indoor plant your touch.
You want to keep the room temperature consistent year-round. Sudden or frequent changes in temperatures can damage or kill plants.
Avoid Breezy Areas
Keep plants out of breezy conditions. A consistent breeze will quickly dry out a plant’s soil. If your lifestyle or job takes you out of town often, this is an especially important step not to overlook.
Decide how much light the plant needs. Different plants need different amounts of light. To add to that, some will do well with an artificial source, other needs real sunlight. Carefully choose a location based on the plant needs.
Use a Quality Soil
A plant’s general health and growth is directly tied to soil quality. Most of the nutrients a plant needs are absorbed from the medium it is planted in. Quality soil will provide all the nutrients to feed a plant for 3 months or longer.
Too little or too much water can do irreversible damage to a plant. A good rule of thumb is never allowing the soil to dry out or stay soggy. There are exceptions to this rule, of course, but the safe bet is not to over or underwater.
So much more can be said about keeping indoor plants healthy. However, these five tips are sure to make a success of any indoor plant you try to grow.
Strawberries are easy to grow but like anything else you need to start of correctly. Buy virus free starter/baby plants to ensure a good crop. Strawberry plants are a fairly robust plant and can be grown outside in an allotted area or alternatively if you don’t have a big garden you can grow them in a variety of pots and containers. I’ve actually grown them in an old pair of wellington boots with the toe cap cut out.
If you’re going to be planting strawberries into raised beds or your garden, you will first need to prepare the soil which is easy as strawberries are not too fussy about what soil type you have. If the soil is extremely fertile then this will encourage good foliage but at the expense of the fruit. If the soil is too poor you will need to add a low fertile soil improver (which you can pick up at garden centres) before you plant.
Planting Strawberries and the correct spacing and care.
Most plants are normally grown in rows and strawberries are really no different. You will need to space your plants about 30-45 cm (12-18 inches) apart and make your rows about 50cm (20 inches) apart. The reason for this is it creates good air flow and circulation, which considerably reduces the possibility of disease and obviously allows the plants to grow comfortably. A good healthy plant can produce in the region of 20 strawberries, so bear this in mind when you are planting.
Know that your starter plants are in, taking care of your strawberries will require you to occasionally water them during normal conditions. If conditions are very dry then make sure you water them well. A little bit of general weeding and that is about all you need to do.
When the fruit is ripe, pick them and enjoy. When all your strawberries have been picked you will need to tidy up some of the plants and remove any “runners” (long wiry stems with plantlets on the ends). If you decide that you want more plants use the runners and plant them for new plants.
Problems when Planting and Growing Strawberries.
If your starter plants are virus free in the beginning there is very little that will go wrong. Some people recommend placing straw around the base of the plants to stop the strawberries from rotting but this is entirely optional.
Birds are the only other problem so you may need to cover with some netting.
Planting strawberries and watching them produce fruit is very satisfying and it becomes very worthwhile when you are eating them with your favourite topping.
If you are a fan of natural well being then you should be very much interested in Indoor herb gardening. This is especially the case if your area experiences winter and you have snow falling all over the ground. Also doing it outdoors could backfire if you experience very hot summers which could destroy the plants except for the adaptive ones. It is also possible that the herb you may want to grow is not well suited to your climate stressing the need to engage in indoor herb gardening.
There are numerous advantages associated with having your herb garden indoors which could include a complete control of the environment. The weather will not be too cold or hot, there will no need to worry about a heavy downpour and also the plants will be protected from the harmful presence of pests and insects.
In order to begin the indoor herb gardening adventure, it is important to site a good location. This entails one that has a good supply of light. A sign of poor lighting is where your plants grow leggy and long, the leaves easily drop off for no plausible reason. The pots containing the plants will have to be moved to a convenient location with grow lights if they cannot have access to natural sunlight. The grow lights will provide a total spectrum which is needed for the herbs to have a healthy growth. They can be found in most garden shops around.
Furthermore, ensure that you have the correct containers for your indoor herb gardening project. The pots used should be permeable. It is for this reason that a number of people prefer clay pots or terracotta because these can breathe. Whenever the plants begin to depict yellow at the bottom of the stalk it shows that they are being over watered. The right pots for indoor gardening will have holes at the bottom to maintain the moist nature of the soil and not to keep it wet. Alternatively, you could raise the drainage of the soil by putting a cover of gravel in the pot before adding the soil.
When doing the selection for the types of herbs to use chose herbs that are compact varieties in nature. They will perform well in confined pots. Ensure that you trim your herbs regularly since this will make them grow fuller and thicker.