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How to: Plant and Clone an Indoor Garden

Whether its just a few plants near your window sill or a house full of plants and vines growing everywhere, there are many advantages to starting your own indoor garden. Indoor gardens can help increase air quality and oxygen levels throught a house or room, they can provide herbs and spices for cooking and always add a wonderful look to whatever room they are in. In winter they can bring a feeling of warmth and hope for the spring, and summer months ahead.

Cost of an Indoor Garden

Indoor gardens cost little to nothing to start growing, it can be as simple as finding a good flower pot or container to grow your plant in and drying out a seed from a lemon apple or orange(of course these would have to be moved out side after a few years). and using a homemade potting soil mix.

Starter Plants

One really good plant to start with for your house is called 'Devils ivy' or Pothos. It is one of those plant that can take alot of neglect and still survive. This plant grows vigorously you can clone the tips of this plant to produce multi plants very quickly.A few other good ones are Dracaenea, English Ivy, and Spider Plant as respective in the photo below. Dracaenea, English Ivy, Spider Plant

Cloning your Garden

Once your garden gets going and your plants start reaching a good size you can start to take clipping from your plants and place them in water to encourage rooting. Once roots are visible repot into a starting soil. If you are having trouble with getting the roots to energe look into rooting hormone. This is usually a gel or powder that helps dapening off of the roots from fungus.

Repotting Plants

One of the more common mistakes people make with growing plants in pots is remembering to repot your plant every season or so. If there is no room for the roots to grow it will stunt the growth of the plant and possibly kill the plant. Pick a pot that has lots of drainage holes in it this will help prevent overwatering of the plant and allow oygen to get down to the root of the plants. Your soil choice will be important too, you will want to use a lighter potting mix, something that coontains perlite and/or vermiculite.

Watering

Overwatering our number one crime against indoor house plants especially during the winter months.




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