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What to Consider Before Adding Greens to Your Home



Homeowners are going crazy over the concept of indoor planting, especially those whose homes don't have an extravagant backyard. With the many benefits of indoor plantings, such as growing herbs and refreshing your home’s air quality, many people opt for small indoor plants to place inside their homes. There are several things you need to take into consideration before you decide to be a plant parent. Here are some of them:

Do You Have the Available Space?

Like people, plants need some private space that is solely for them and shouldn't be invaded. Before buying an indoor plant, make sure you ask the nursery worker how much space is required. Vines or climbing plants require a wall for the trailing stems from ascending, while small succulents can even fit in a disposable glass. If you feel like you're running out of space, you can try hanging a small pot from the ceiling of your balcony with the help of a nail. Shelves can be a great place to put large plants because shelves do not consume much space, although you'll have to do something about a light source. 

Are They Safe For Children and Pets?

Pets have a habit of sniffing or having a nibble of anything new that they come across. Some plants are toxic for the health and well-being of dogs, cats, and various other animals, and in the worst-case scenario, can even cause death. To prevent this from happening, you can go through the database of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). You can search up any plant and check whether it is harmful to any pet before bringing it home. Similarly, if you have small children at home, setting them on the floor can tempt the kids to dig through the soil, so a proper place for putting the plants has to be considered before bringing them home. Try the varieties that can be easily set on shelves and countertops. Trailing ivy, for instance, goes great with kitchen cabinets.


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Have You Stocked Up on the Tools?

Just as you need a cleaning kit to tackle the dirt settled around your home, you can't make your home into an indoor garden without the right tools. Some of the important tools that you need to have before bringing home a plant are:

  • Pruners: You might've heard how crucial tree pruning is, and it is the same case when it comes to small indoor plants. And for proper pruning, you need the appropriate pruner. Make sure to keep them sharp and clean so that you can snip away any unwanted growth or extensive branches without harming the plant. 
  • Watering can: If you have a watering can for your outdoor garden, you can't use the same one for your indoor plants without going through a great deal of difficulty. An ideal indoor watering can is small and light with a long, thin neck. If it's easy to fill and wash as well, that's a plus!
  • Plant stakes: Some of the indoor plants are feeble enough to grow independently and need some form of support. Trying small bamboo sticks or plastic stakes with the plant using wire ties can help it sprout safely and send off branches in all directions. 

  • Can You Maintain Proper Humidity?

    Maintaining proper humidity might be a challenge for some indoor gardeners. This issue is more pronounced in the winters as they are drier, especially with the central heating system turned on. If you observe that your indoor plants are losing their leaves or are becoming puckered, you can increase the humidity around them in several ways. There are special humidifiers for this purpose, but if you're not a fan of those, you can keep a tray of water near your plants. Keeping the plants closer to each other can create an effect that enhances the moisture level.


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    Final Take

    Plants are a great way to add a visual appeal to your home's interior alongside other tremendous benefits. Whatever your reasons may be to start indoor planting finally, don't forget to make your garden greener by practicing eco-friendly planting tips.

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