One of the most exciting moments of building a home garden is getting to choose the plants that will make the garden as fulfilling, pleasant and beautiful as ever. Plants for a house garden have certain requirements that need to be met in order to thrive. According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, botanical history shows and reveals that over the past few decades, houseplants have grown even more famous in different households and institutions all over the world. It is available in different sizes, shapes, colors, textures and purposes. It serves as decors to beautify the interior and exterior of different homes and also serve as lush green foliage to provide pleasantness and refresh the surroundings. It has already been scientifically proven that it is helpful to the health.
In choosing house plants to grown in your house garden, you must always make sure that you are dealing with legitimate and reputable house plant providers. You must also take time to carefully explore and examine each and every plant. Discolorations and abnormalities in the plant such as broken stems and branches must be noted. The plants should be free from insect or disease problems. You must also make sure that the plant’s placement is in an area where light, water and air is easily accessible.
It is very important to decide the exact place to put the house plants. There will always be a spot in your home or garden where a plant can grow as long as it has ample sunlight. Using a light meter, you can determine the equivalent in foot-candles of the amount of light in the area. The same article detailed that, “Plants that prefer low light may produce dull, lifeless-looking leaves when exposed to bright light. Bright light can also cause leaf spots or brown-tipped scorched margins. Conversely, not enough light can cause slow, spindly growth and the development of small pale leaves. Plants may not flower. If they do, the buds may drop, or the flowers may fade quickly. Variegated leaves often revert to being completely green.”
Amount of light, temperature and humidity, watering and fertilizing, are factors that must be considered. The temperature of the garden should be appropriate to the kind of plants to be planted in it.
Missouri Botanical Garden also emphasizes the importance of adequate watering in order to ensure the health and survival of the plants.
Overwatering should be avoided as it can be thoroughly harmful to your plants. Overwatering is considered as the one of the most common reasons for house plant problems. It can cause leaf discoloration and leaf spots, making them yellow or brown and ultimately letting them drop. Overwatered plants may also look wilted and both the stems and leaves may rot. Overwatering, instead of making the plants grow stronger, it will make the plants to grow slowly and ultimately makes the flowers fall off and drop along with the leaves. The flowers may also be non-existent at all. One of the most necessary needs of a plant is food. Most plant foods are dissolved in water before being fed to the plants. Some may also be sprinkled on the soil surface or on the soil immediately.
There are a variety of plants appropriate for house gardens. Cacti and succulents such as star cactus, old man cactus, rosary wine, jade plant, crown-of-thorns, kalanchoe, tiger aloe are very common house plants.
Aloe, vase plant, urn plant, queen’s tears, earth star, blushing bromeliad, tillandsia, poinsettia, gardenia, English ivy, citrus, avocado, azalea, primrose, hibiscus, wood sorrel are plants appropriate for indirect light conditions.
Flowering house plants, foliage plants, bromeliads, orchids, succulents and cacti, ferns, African violets and other Gesneriads are the general group of plants usually found and planted in house gardens.
When purchasing plants, make sure that it is healthy-looking plants with medium and dark green foliage, unless it is supposed to look a different color. Plants should have no unnatural spots or yellow and brown leaves. If the plant already looks unhealthy, it will most probably die soon after purchase.
Constructing home gardens build green houses to aid the ailing environment.Home gardens are very important in order to remain close to nature despite heavy urbanization characterized by tall buildings and non-existent lush green foliage. According to studies, most people spend 90% of time indoors but with an accessible home garden, one can enjoy the benefits and pleasures of nature without having to travel to far off rural areas. Aside from being pleasing to the eyes, mind and body, it can also help provide healthy food choices for the family such as home garden fruits and vegetables.
There is no other perfect time to begin building a house garden but now. Before you know, you will behold before you a pleasant, beautiful and relaxing home garden.