We’ve touched upon some ideas for plants to choose from when designing indoor container gardens, but there’s a lot more info to cover on this topic. When you’re planning and researching which plants you’d like to cultivate, make detailed notes about their respective soil and water requirements.
If you plant a heavy-feeding, water-loving species in the same container as those that prefer dry, well-drained soil, it’ll wither and die. Fortunately, it’s easy to sort out ahead of time with proper research and planning.
The same type of symbiosis that works well in outdoor gardens is absolutely vital indoors. If you’ve ever shared a house with a bad roommate who just didn’t fit in, you know how uncomfortable that can be.
You’re aiming to cultivate happy, healthy species, so make sure the ones you choose to thrive in the conditions you’re providing them. If your home is hot and dry, and you get a ton of south-facing sunlight all day, for example, then choose vegetables and herbs that do well with a lot of heat and sun.
Smaller species are perfectly adapted to container gardens, so try to get your hands on those instead of some full-scale varieties. If you’d like to grow tomato plants on a windowsill, choose a long, rectangular planter that you can secure into place on the sill.
The chives will help with soil health and fend off potential insect issues. These species tend to have tough, fibrous stems and roots and do best in sandy soil that drains well.
If you’re using standard potting soil, you’ll likely need to work sand and/or per lite into it for extra drainage. They need more nitrogen-rich compost in their soil, and amendments that help to retain moisture, such as peat moss or vermiculite.
This type of companion planting for windowsill gardens lets you keep a ton of different, delicious species within easy reach. That said, if other rooms in your house get better light, then set up your container gardens in the most optimal conditions possible instead.
There are few things as devastating as cultivating plants for medicine, only to accidentally kill them off because they don’t have the right growing conditions. Herb companions for windowsill gardens work the same way culinary plants and veggies do.
Tender Medicinal/Tea Herbs: Here’s one recommendation, however: grow individual mint species in their own pots. Many species in the mint (Lauraceae) family, which includes peppermint, catnip, sage, and lemon balm, need a lot of legrooms.
Climbing peas and beans are ideal for taking advantage of vertical indoor space. Furthermore, since they and most greens are cool-weather crops, they need less sunshine than tomatoes and certain herbs, and fare well close to windows, even in cold weather.
Climbing garden peas Pole beans Corn salad/cache lettuce Mescalin greens Baby kale Arugula They allow you to grow all manner of gorgeous plant friends, and you can enjoy the fruits of your harvest year-round.
If you already have an abundance of indoor plants in and outside the home, start by taking cuttings from some of your favorites, using a sharp knife or a pair of pruners. In the beginning, it’s important to change the water on a regular basis (this should be weekly) in order to avoid bacteria from forming.
Basil adds a strong, delightful flavor to a number of popular dishes and is often added to a meal 5-10 minutes before serving. Asides from its many cooking uses, Basil is also used to treat a number of ailments including headaches and ear infections.
As well as adding a distinctive flavor to an abundance of dishes, Bay leaves also boast medicinal properties and a warm aroma. They are often used to flavor stews and hearty soups and are good for coughs, colds, chest infections, stomach bugs and kidney ailments.
You can also massage the oil of the bay leaf onto sprains and swellings, and it can be used to help ease headaches and rheumatic pains. If you already have them in your garden (or have a friendly neighbor who will share a section of theirs with you), you’ll need to replant a clump of chives in a small pot.
Pop it in a cool space for the first few days, such as a shaded area in the kitchen or basement, before moving it to a bright window spot with plenty of light. This fragrant smelling, heat-loving herb requires plenty of light and as such, it thrives best when placed on a south-facing, warm window.
Growing this type of plant indoors is an excellent way to add an abundance of flavor to your food. For today, I have a very interesting post that is called “15 Small WindowsillPlants That Will Impress You “.
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If you want to know which plants will thrive on your sunny sills, continue reading. A grouping of cactus plants, in different shapes and sizes can be perfect addition to your sunny windowsill.
Protons have colorful foliage, which makes them a good pick for a sunny windowsill. This plant has large, heavy leaves with lines and patters on the top.
This leafy deep green plant is a sunny window favorite, and it has steams that are capped by slender petals that hang in the shape of an umbrella. Keep the soil moist, but don’t allow the roots of the plant to sit in water.
Too much sun will cause their leaves to fade, but just the right amount of indirect light will keep these charming, colorful plants happy. Shop Most varieties of spider wort family plants commonly referred to with this name are highly adaptable and easy to grow, with most preferring moderate to bright indirect light.
Choose a spot out of direct sun, keeping in mind that wandering Jew plants with more light will be more likely to produce flowers. Shop For your monster plant to get the signature slashes and perforations in its leaves, you’ll need a spot with lots of bright, indirect light to display it in.
Shop The ever-adaptable, easygoing snake plant can grow in a variety of conditions from low light to full sun, giving you lots of flexibility with where you display them. However, the ideal is somewhere in the middle, so it’s best to put this low-maintenance plant in a window with lots of bright, indirect light.
Shop Good light is a must to successfully grow this cute, trendy houseplant, making it the perfect candidate to display in a brightly-lit window. Since its leaves will naturally gravitate towards the light, it’s a good idea to rotate your pile peperomioides occasionally to help it grow evenly.
Many houseplants will thrive on a windowsill, but there are a few important points to consider before making your choice. Cacti and succulents are the obvious choice for east- and south-facing windowsills, as most need several hours of direct sun to thrive.
The low light levels of a north-facing windowsill are perfect for shade-loving houseplants, such as streptococcus. Bear in mind that day and night temperatures on your windowsill can vary dramatically and can drop significantly in winter.
Some houseplants that are happy in summer may need moving to a warmer spot in autumn, even if it gets less light. Work out which direction your window faces and how much, or little sun it gets, and choose your houseplants based on their light requirements.
Measure the windowsill and choose your pots or planters based on what will fit. ‘Polly’ is a compact avoid cultivar with glossy, veined leaves with attractive margins.
It thrives in bright, warm conditions, with high levels of humidity. Low-growing and tolerant of a range of light levels, many succulents, such as aloes, agave, Cheerios and capsules, are perfect for growing on windowsills.
Monster delicious will eventually grow too large for most windowsills, but its smaller relative, Monster oblique, has the same penetrate (holey) leaves held on a smaller plant, which will spill over the edge of the container. Streptococcus is native to South African woodland, and therefore thrive in low light levels, including dappled shade.
While pelargoniums are usually grown outside in summer, they’re not hardy and benefit from being moved indoors for winter. They make perfect houseplants, often continuing to flower well into autumn.
The glorious large, white, star-shaped flowers blushed with pink of this magnolia are a spectacular sight in March and April and signal the arrival of spring. Your garden will brim with color from March to October with this all season collection of clematis.