Who wouldn't love waking up amidst the greens before beginning the daily routine of rushing to the work! Not everybody is lucky enough to be working in a city that has a beautiful canopy of green. This is the reason many people spend hours meticulously preening their beautiful gardens. The effort is definitely worth it when you see the beautiful flowers. However, some people have restrictions as far as space is concerned, and they have to think and plan differently to have some greenery in their house. Potted plants are an ideal option for those who live in compact apartments and wish to be in touch with nature. They require special care as they completely rely on you for their daily needs. If you have a liking for potted plants and are seeking for ways to care for them, then here are some tips and methods that will help you to grow them.
Select the Correct Pot
When you are out to buy pots, do not get floored by the design. Always ensure you check if there are any holes at the bottom, which will help the water to flow out freely. Plants always need a sufficient drainage system to be able to grow properly. Besides, you don't always need fancy pots to grow plants. Almost any container can suffice as a pot as per your convenience and budget. For those living on rent and needing to shift frequently, they can use lightweight containers. In such cases, even plastic containers would work well.
The Importance of Soil
There is a major difference between the plants that are grown in the ground and those grown in the pots. The soil and the conditions for the ones grown in natural surrounding differ from those grown indoors. Potted plants may tend to dry out more frequently than those grown outdoors. The soil should allow proper drainage of water because an excess of water can cause the roots to get damaged with all the moisture. Always go in for a good quality soil, as this is the base for growing healthy plants. Sometimes, one can even add polymer granules to the soil. These granules are very effective, as they tend to absorb moisture from the soil and release it back when needed.
For potted plants, avoid using soil from any garden. This is bound to introduce more problems due to the presence of weeds and insects. A safer option would be to go to a reputed outlet, which can give you the right kind of soil required.
Maintaining and Cleaning
These plants also tend to collect a lot of dust and grime. This gives them a very dull look. You must always remember that the plant should have clean leaves so that it looks healthy and refreshing. Use a soft damp cloth to wipe the leaves. You can even get a small spray bottle to sprinkle some water over it.
Requirement of Light
Providing the right kind of environment is very essential as these plants need a good source of natural light for their growth. The amount of light to be given also depends upon the kind of plant. There are specific indoor plants that require less amount of light and there are certain plants that require more sunlight. Always keep it at such a spot, which gives it a moderate amount of light. If your apartment does not have any such source, then artificial light is advisable.
Method of Planting
If you have purchased a plant from a nursery, you would need to ensure it is watered in the original container an hour before you transfer it into your pot. Hold all the roots carefully while transferring it. Gently disperse some of the roots, if they are too tangled into each other. Place the plant on the top of the soil mix in the new pot and keep filling small amounts of soil in it. Pat gently. The stem needs to be above the surface of the soil. Do not fill it completely with soil; leave at least an inch at the top. Once the plant is firmly set into the pot, water the container. This process will help you settle the roots into the soil.