AS the weather gets warmer, it’s time to begin planting, whether it is in a house or apartment.
Planting in an apartment can prove difficult, but with a few tried and true tips, you can expect your garden to flourish.
How can I grow plants in my apartment?
The first step to successfully growing plants in an apartment is to look at the requirements for the plant to thrive and consider if your apartment meets those requirements.
For instance, the amount of sunshine a plant needs will affect how well it will grow, with a majority of flowers, fruits, and vegetables needing a full day of sunlight to blossom and grow.
Plants do not need to be outdoors to thrive and if they are indoors on a windowsill, they may need extra humidity which can be achieved by spraying a light mist on them.
How can I grow vegetables in my apartment?
To properly care for a vegetable garden in your apartment, you’ll have to practice patience and recognize that some of it may be trial and error.
Make sure to have plenty of space in your apartment to grow the plants far enough apart so they have room for their roots to spread out.
The range of space needed between plants varies, so make sure to check the packaging for specific instructions.
For a plant to grow well, it is important to place a plant in as much direct sunlight as possible since even the least fussy vegetables require at least four to six hours of sunlight each day.
If you have placed your plant in direct sunlight and it is still struggling, you can invest in a heat lamp that will provide the added heat and light needed to help your plant grow.
Typically, the best lights the grow your plants are fluorescent bulbs – T5s, T8s, T12 fluorescent tubes are ideal, with T5s being the most popular among consumers.
The fluorescent lights can also be used as a supplement for sunlight if you get very little or no sunlight in your apartment.
What are the best fruits and vegetables to grow indoors?
Nick Cutsumpas, a professional plant coach and urban farmer, told the Food Network, “When you’re growing indoors, it’s best to avoid fruiting or vegetable producing plants, meaning that they need pollination to produce the fruit in question.
“I know people who will literally take a paintbrush and fertilize the flowers by hand, but you still won’t get a big yield.
Instead, Cutsumpas suggests the best vegetables to grow indoors include: “leafy greens and herbs, such as kale, cabbage, romaine lettuce, microgreens, dill, cilantro, rosemary, and thyme.”
Other options include:
- Tomatoes: These fruits grow well in smaller spaces but will need a container that measures at least 14 inches in diameter.
- Chili peppers: You can grow chili peppers in pots without much effort and will provide food year-round.
- Meyer lemons: Meyer lemons are dwarf citrus treas grow to approximate five to seven feet and require between six and eight hours of sunlight each day.
- Strawberries: You can easily grow strawberries in a window box or on a window ledge, allowing for at least six hours of sunlight every day.
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