Growing plants in an indoor garden are very different as compared to growing plants in an outdoor garden. There are advantages and disadvantages to growing plants indoors. One obvious reason to grow plants indoors is a lack of space. Not all people have a large backyard or a backyard at all within which to grow plants yet many people would love to cultivate their plants. There can be only one solution to this quandary. Grow plants indoors! Start your own indoors garden! Why not? But which limitations will you face? Here are some pros and cons of indoor gardening.
The Pros Of Growing Plants Indoors
You Can Grow A Wider Variety Of Plant Species Indoors
That is a very obvious and very important decision deciding reason. Plants outdoor depend on the climate and weather to either thrive or fail. If the air is too dry, there is no way you can regulate that, while at indoors you can easily obtain a humidifier. Temperature is another element you just can’t control outdoors, especially when it comes to the fall and the winter. Many plants would not survive in the freezing winter. And yet you would love to grow tropical and Mediterranean plants like the basil, Ficus benjamina [weeping figs], the jade plant, all sorts of palms. And tropical flowering plants such as the tropical hibiscus and the African violets cannot be grown outdoors because of the temperature, but you can easily grow them indoors.
Indoor Plants Purify Air Of Toxins
It is another big reason. Plants purify the air of toxins [about 87 percent of toxins in the surrounding air every 24 hours according to experiments performed by NASA] and growing them indoors brings this benefit directly to you. Plants will absorb the harmful toxins such as trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and benzene that can be found in the air making it easier for us to breathe.
Indoor Plants Can Serve Ornamental Purposes
Growing plants indoors can beautify your homes, be it your living room, bedroom or even bathroom. We should not leave out the workplace also. Plants such as the jade plants, palm trees, banana trees, and the fig trees are popular for their beauty; not forgetting flowering plants such as the begonias, Pink Cala lilies, orchids among many others are popular indoors.
Plants are great at decorating and improving the feel of your home. It is no wonder ornamental indoor plants are widespread across the world.
Indoor Plants Can Improve Humidity Levels
Plants will release about 95 percent of all the water they take in into the air as water droplets. Growing plants indoors will improve the moisture levels of the air. You may have heard that it is good to grow plants together as they form a micro ecosystem, and this improves the indoors atmosphere. Not only the plants benefit from this, but humans also benefit from this. Plants will improve your skins while reducing colds, coughs and sore throats
Lightning Control Is Easier Indoors
There may be seasons/ periods when the sun is scorching your plants. There is little you can do about it unless they are pot plants which you can carry inside [making them indoor plants] since your plants are growing outdoors. If however, your plants are growing indoors all you need to do is close the blinds or move your plants further away from the window. And most plants can get enough sunlight from your window sill. That is another reason for growing plants indoors.
Lack Of Outdoor Space
The last reason, of course, is the lack of outdoor space. If you live in an urban area, it is very likely that there is no adequate outdoor space to grow plants. However, if you want to grow plants, the solution would be to grow indoor plants.
Other advantages include:
- Better Disease Control
- Easier Sil Preparation
The Cons Of Growing Plants Indoors
Big Trees Cannot Grow Indoors
Many plants cannot reach their full size when they are potted and also there are some plants we cannot grow indoors due to their size. Many fruit trees cannot grow indoors the same about big trees. However, there are a lot of variety dwarf trees such as short palms, the kentia palm and fruit trees such as the Meyer lemon that you can grow inside.
Soil Moisture Regulation Is More Difficult
Because the soil within which the plants grow outdoors is part of the earth as a whole, moisture levels are much easier to control. However, potted plants are isolated so moisture levels are more difficult t control. Also the roots of plants outdoors can also spread out more and go deeper in search of water, while potted plants are bounded by the pot. It is therefore important that you’re meticulous, when it comes to watering your indoor plants, overwatering will easily kill your plants.
Fertilizer Accumulation In Potting Mix Can Harm Plants
This is another problem of growing plants indoors is the accumulation of fertilizer. This is caused by the fact that the potting mix is isolated in a planter, and over time the fertilizer content will build up to harmful levels. It is very important to drain the excess build up twice a year. By placing the plant under running water and washing out all the residual fertilizer.