Due to Globalisation and industrialization, there isn’t any space left in metropolitan cities. Gone are that days when people could afford big houses with gardens. The flat system has further moved people away from nature. Indoor growing is a great hobby for those living in urban areas.
It promotes a mini-farming culture where you could grow certain plants within your house like the basement or a small compartment. Though the basics are same as normal farming, the plants need light, water, fertilizers/compost but there are some things where you might need to consider while growing plants indoors. In this detailed post, we will be discussing the don’ts of growing plants indoors.
1. Not all plants could grow in an Indoor environment:
For first time growers, they take their indoor growing in a wrong way. It is certain that there are some plants which can be grown in natural sunlight only. Plants such as wheat, barley, rice, sugarcane etc can’t be grown inside. Even if someone tries to do so, they wouldn’t be of the best quality. It is necessary that while starting with indoor growing you are well versed with the plants that could be grown in an indoor environment.
2. Lighting Equipment
It is very important to provide an adequate amount of light to your plant while growing it indoors. You need to simulate an environment similar to that of sunlight as the plants grow the best under natural sunlight. You can either use HPS light, conventional light bulbs or LED grow lights which would act as the lighting source for your plants. We would suggest that you use the LED lights as they are more efficient, emit less heat and save a lot on the electricity bill.
3. Regulated Temperature
The lighting source emits a lot of heat that can succumb to your plant and deplete its growth. In order to maintain an even temperature it us advised to install some exhaust fans in the grow room. Even though some LED grow lights do come along with attached fans, sometimes they are not enough to regulate the temperature. The external exhausts are more powerful and they help in flushing out the heat from the grow room.
4. Maintaining the moisture of the soil
Indoor growing demands more assistance as compared to normal growing. You are actually creating or simulating an environment by using equipment in your grow room. This means you need to use a good fertile soil for your plants’ growth. You can use the concept of drip irrigation within your grow room. That would evenly nurture the soil and maintain its moisture that would help in your plant’s growth.
5. Use good hydroponics
Hydroponics is a way of growing plants without natural soil. It is a mixture of natural minerals which promotes plants growth in an indoor environment. You can search for goo hydroponics and use them for growing certain plants and succulents.
6. Do not Early Harvest
Early harvesting your plant does no good. This mainly happens if you are not an experienced grower. While growing plants indoors, it takes usually more time as compared to growing it in natural sunlight.
7. Maintain a good pH level
You should regularly keep a check on the pH level of the soil. This helps the plants to take up the nutrients from the soil/hydroponics which would further help in their optimum growth and give a higher yield in the end.
8. Electricity Requirements
While growing indoor plants, the whole setup regulates mostly due to the electricity. If there is no electricity, there will be no light thus your plant would die. You should keep a proper setup and backup of electricity in order to save your efforts.
9. Diseases and pests
One more thing, though, the indoor plants need fewer fertilizers as compared to outdoor growing, you should properly look after the plants and check them for pests and diseases as they tend to spread quite quickly while growing plants indoors.
10. Experience takes time
It takes time to become an experienced grower. You shouldn’t hurry the process as your understanding would develop over a period of time. Indoor growing takes patience, time and money to see your efforts give fruits in the long run.
Indoor Growing Benefits:
We hope that the above post must have helped you a lot with indoor growing. It is certainly one of the best hobbies to have. More than a hobby, indoor growing has numerous benefits:
- Indoor plants release more oxygen which is a lifesaver if you are living in a populated city.
- Staying close to plants helps you in releasing stress.
- You can enjoy a truly organic life by growing your own fruits and vegetables.
- You can set up a small business and earn monetary benefits.
- Certain plants like lemongrass and hibiscus have a good aroma and smell which further pleases your mind and maintains a natural fragrance.
We hope that you must have enjoyed reading this post. It is certain that Indoor growing is a great hobby and the above points shall help you to prevent some of the most common mistakes as a newbie grower.