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Extreme Indoor Gardening

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Basic Info

There are a few basic things you need to consider before buying a house plant~
Do you want the plant on display all year round?
How much time & skill do you have?
How much would you like to spend?
What size do you want?
What growing conditions can you provide?

The Main Rules

DON'T DROWN THEM,roots need air as well as water.The most common mistake among beginners is watering too much or "caring" too much.Learn the plants needs for water.
LET THEM REST,let plants have a dormancy period.Plants need a couple of months,usually in winter,to shut down.So slow down with the watering and STOP feeding.
EXTRA HUMIDITY,most house plants come from the tropics.Make sure you increase humidity where needed especially in winter when rooms get dry.A mister bottle will help.
TREAT TROUBLE AS SOON AS IT STARTS,learn to recognize early signs of trouble then treat it.
GROUPING TOGETHER,it looks better and plants grow better in groups.They make "humidity" together.
REPOT,after a year or so most plants look bad,they're restrained.Check for the signs of pot-bound plants(roots hanging out the bottom of the pot).
CHOOSE WISELY,like mentioned above,buy a plant according to the home you can provide for it.
HAVE PROPER TOOLS,mentioned at the right of the page.
KNOW THE PLANTS NEEDS,make sure you know the specific plants needs so it can properly flourish in your home.

You really don't require many tools to grow plants indoors just a few simple items.

1) a watering can with a long,narrow spout so you can get under the foliage or flowers.
2) a mister for reducing dust and increasing humidity.I recommend a second mister for controlling pests.
3) potting soil,a reputable brand is best as this is the growing medium for your plants.

4) a collection of pots,stakes,and plant ties or string.

5) drip trays to keep water off furniture

6) bottle of liquid fertilizer,and a safe pest killer.
7) a soft sponge,an old kitchen fork and spoon,a small pair of scissors.

Some Tips!
Use a Liquid Organic Fertilizer-liquid mixes easier,and the Organic factor means it is safer on the enviroment and less likely to burn the plant if overfed.
Always get rid of any dead fall,that is old,dying fallen leaves.Dead fall that stays in the pot can eventually get moldy and therefore infest the plant with mold.
Also,dead fall makes the rest of the plant look bad,good grooming habits make for a healthier plant