Winter Gardening Indoors

By: Holly Lawrens

Even though it's not spring, summer or fall doesn't mean you have to give up gardening. You can enjoy your green thumb by growing things in the winter as well. Gardening in the winter involves enjoying plants indoors - on window sills and near windows. Some plants do go into a sleep during the colder winter months - their blossoms fall off and their leaves turn brown. There are several things you can do to encourage full green foliage and lush blossoms throughout the winter months. All it takes is a bit of practice and patience.

One main thing to remember is not to over-water plants during their dormancy. Even if they look brown and dry, they don't need as much water when they are at rest. If you make the mistake of giving them too much water, the leaves will start dropping. You'll need to adapt to a new watering schedule during the winter.

You may need to add some moisture to the air in your home if you gardening in the winter. It's simple to add moisture to the air simply by buying a humidifier or by simply boiling a pot of water on the stove and letting it simmer for a while. The increased humidity in the air will benefit your winter's plants and you as well - keeping everything from getting too dry.

When it comes to winter gardening you may have to realize that there are some plants that simply wonít last for a long period of time. These plants include Gloxinia, Chrysanthemum, and Cyclamem. Try to focus your winter gardening efforts on plants other than these three plants. Anytime that you purchase an indoor plant make sure that you find as much information about the plant as you can. Find out how much light and water the particular plant needs so that you donít over water the soil or keep it too dry. If you make sure that the conditions are right for your indoor house plants you increase your chances of seeing bright flowers lining your window sills during the winter months.

Bugs are a common problem with winter gardening, more so than any other months of the year. If you see bugs on your indoor plants find out what you can do to each plant - don't just apply any chemical. Try to give your plants as much light in your home as possible when you winter gardening. Some plants require a sunny exposure. Make sure those plants are close to a window that gets the most sun during the short winter days.

If you find that you are having little luck when it comes to winter gardening and producing the blooms that you want you can always resort to a terrarium. A terrarium will be easy to keep with cacti and other plants such as herbs, ferns, orchids, and other plants with green foliage.

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