Whether on the balcony, patio or window sill, a container garden can dramatically change the look and feel of an apartment. But to keep plants lush and green requires the proper care and maintenance. As we say goodbye to spring and hello to summer, it’s the perfect time for a refresher on how to keep plants happy.
Sunlight – All plants have different sunlight requirements, so it’s a good idea to group plants with similar requirements together. Take herbs for example. The Daily Muse says that most herbs need about six to eight hours of sunlight each day, so a window facing southwest is ideal. Certain flowers or greenery, on the other hand, may do well in full sunlight and can be placed on a patio that is lit most of the day.
Water – Similar to sunlight, the amount of water to keep herbs, flowers, fruits, and veggies happy will vary from plant to plant. It’s best to develop a watering schedule to keep track. The article “5 Hints for Maintaining Indoor Vegetable Gardens” suggests creating a schedule that’s easy to remember, such as watering plants each day after a certain meal.
Humidity – Humidity can also affect a plant’s ability to thrive, especially when grown indoors. As Apartment Therapy shares, some citrus trees will “drop their leaves” in indoor environments if the humidity is too low. Learn about the ideal humidity for your plants, and if necessary, use a humidifier to achieve the optimal humidity.
Soil – Healthy soil with proper pH is also essential to ensuring prime growing conditions. Again, the most appropriate pH range will depend upon the plants you’ve selected for your apartment’s garden, so make sure you know which is best. Also, consider using a natural compost or fertilizer to enhance the soil.
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