Caring for an indoor apartment garden can be easy, rewarding, and fun if you set yourself up for success early by being mindful and consistent. We’ll teach you how in 3 short steps!
1. Decide what kind of plant you want.
Hopefully it doesn’t come as a surprise that there is an endless variety of plants that each provide a different benefit to you. Do you want a plant that releases a lot of oxygen to keep your apartment’s air fresh and clean (ex: Snake plant, Parlor Palm, Devil’s Ivy)?
Do you want something that provides food for you to prepare in the kitchen (ex: tomatoes, peppers, herbs)? Or are you happy with some tiny succulents that look cute on your desk? Maybe you’re the type of person who enjoys the aesthetic of ceiling plants. Once you’ve decided what you want, you can start to picture how those plants will fit in your home, which brings us to the next step:
2. Determine the size and location of your desired garden area.
The next step towards having your own little foliage friends is to decide how big you want them to be and how much room you can realistically dedicate to them. If you have just enough room for a small potted plant on your desk, you wouldn’t want to get a plant that is going to grow out of its pot every couple months. Some people like a nice centerpiece table-top plant that doesn’t take up much room or a little corner of the living room allocated towards a nice garden space. It’s also important to consider location because you want your plant to receive the correct amount of light.
Tip: Keep your plant near a sink to make it easier for you to remember to water it. The quicker and easier it is to keep your plant hydrated, the more you’ll find yourself doing it.
Once you’ve cleared away enough space for your indoor apartment garden, it’s time to order! (You can use the links provided above to purchase your plants, we don’t get any revenue from your clicks)
3. Start caring for them.
Now that we’re on our final step, we should manage expectations for the future of our seedlings.
If you picked the little succulents, there isn’t much to it; water them once a week in a sunny spot and watch them grow.
For the plants that produce a lot of oxygen: indirect sunlight, water (once or twice a week as it’s better to underwater than overwater), and add a little basic fertilizer every once in a while, which might be every month or so.
And if you decided you wanted to be a little more involved and chose consumable plants like vegetables:
Tomatoes: Place the pot in direct sunlight. Then, put some stakes in the soil for the vines to grow on. Once you’ve planted, keep soil moist and water every morning. Throw some fertilizer or compost in every other week and keep an eye on them to monitor their health. If you want to go in-depth, and be the best home gardener you can be, check out the Farmer’s Almanac on Tomatoes.
Peppers: You’ll find the same sort of story here, direct sunlight, keep moist by watering every other day, mix a little compost in the dirt before planting, and after you plant, you’ll have ripe peppers in 3-4 months! For more detailed info on pepper care, check out this guide from some very enthusiastic jalapeno fans.
Green Onions: These ones are the easiest by far. You can use the green onions you get from the supermarket. And as long as the still have their roots, you can plant them directly in soil. Then, they’ll continue to grow pretty much indefinitely. Place them in direct sunlight, keep soil moist, and take whatever you want from the top of the plant. (If you’re lucky, they’ll bloom a flower that you can put in salads!)
If you have your own tips on how to grow a tiny garden, share them in the comments below, and feel free to check out our wonderful luxury apartments that go great with tiny gardens.