There isn’t much in this world that is as relaxing and serene as sitting quietly in a lovely garden and taking a break from the daily grind. When people hear the word garden, they either think of some little old lady growing carrots and potatoes in her backyard, or a sprawling European estate – Miami apartments, not so much. Chances are when you search for downtown Delray apartments for rent; you aren’t likely to find very many options with outdoor gardens. The good news, your garden retreat doesn’t need to be outside. There are plenty of ways to build a verdant sanctuary inside.
Seek Expert Advice
Assuming you need it, that is. Having pants in your apartment takes a little more work than grabbing some random plants, and hoping for the best. Nurseries, where you buy the plants, are an excellent source of information, and there are nearly an endless number of YouTube videos uploaded by amateur and professional botanists that can set you on the right track.
Know What Each Plant Needs
Different plants have different requirements for water, sunlight, soil, and environment. It’s just like keeping different animals. What you feed a bird, cat, or lizard will all be different. In a way, plants are like indolent pets.
This is a more common mistake than you might think. When plants get overwatered, they drown. It looks like they’re wilting, which pushes many people to water them more, and so on until their plants are dead.
Get a Tree
There are plenty of small trees out there that can thrive in a living room or bedroom. These trees are a great way to add variety and beauty to your collection of plants.
Buy a couple of the plants that produce your favorite seasonings, and keep them in the kitchen – in a spot that gets between six and eight hours of sunlight a day. Not only is it fun and healthy, herbs that fresh, even if you dry them, will taste better than anything you will get from the store.
Fertilize the Soil
Potting soil is rich in the nutrients that plants need until they eat it all up, that is. To keep your plants healthy, add fertilizer to their pots once or twice per month. Check and see what type of fertilizer your individual plants will need.
Mist Them Much?
Watering plants involves more than pouring water onto their soil. Their leaves also need to be misted from time to time. It’s like what you see in the produce section of Whole Foods, except all you need is a cheap spray bottle. Go through your apartment a couple of times a week and spray your plants. It will keep them healthy and vibrant.
Different Rooms for Different Plants
In many ways, having an indoor garden is like turning your apartment’s rooms into terrariums. Tropical plants that like it humid do well in bathrooms, a cactus might like a hot and dry windowsill, and a plant or tree from cooler regions might be perfect for a living room or bedroom.
Too Much Sunlight is a Thing
Not every plant has to sit by a window. Many of the houseplants you can buy originate from tropical jungles where a thick canopy of trees keeps them from getting much, if any, direct sunlight. The ambient light in the middle of a living room, bedroom, or even hallway will be more than enough.
Face the Sun Lovers South
Some plants do need a lot of sunlight. For these, place them in the south facing windows, in the Northern Hemisphere anyway. Facing south will get them the most sunlight for the bulk of the year. Just remember to check their soil, and keep it from getting too dry. If the leaves start to look withered or burnt, move the plant out of the sun for a while.
Water from the Bottom
Depending on the type of plant and the shape of the pot, pouring water in from the top may not be the best idea. The roots of some plants run deep, and the water might not get down to them. For these, pouring some of the water into the holes at the bottom.
Ice Cubes for the Busy
Our jobs can keep us away from home longer than we want to be. That doesn’t mean your plants have to go without water. Putting ice cubes in the soil is a good way to water the plants, over time slowly. This works fine for most plants. Just be sure that the plant isn’t too sensitive to cold.
Use a Bigger Pot
Most plants will grow bigger after you buy them. Placing them in a larger grower than you think you’ll need is a great way to let their roots stretch out, and they will grow faster and be healthier. It will also save a lot of extra work later on.