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Living in an apartment limits the amount of space you have and you often don’t get a yard, balcony, or outdoor space of your own. If you live in a big apartment complex without a yard, you can’t even speak to your landlord about starting an outside garden.
Well, don’t feel you have to do without some greenery in your living space just because you don’t have a backyard. Even if all you have is a window, you can accomplish so much.
There are several options for growing plants inside your apartment. We’ve gathered all our best apartment gardening tips so you can create your own.
1. Know Where Your Windows Are
Before you get started on your garden, you should know how much sunlight your windows let in and how many windows you have to take advantage of natural light.
These factors determine what type of plants you should grow. When you don’t have enough sunlight, your options are more limited. If you have window ledges, make use of them. They can fit small pots and planters and work well for plants that prefer a lot of light.
2. Start with Succulents
Start your apartment gardening easy, especially if you’re new to gardening. You don’t have to grow ten large veggie plants at once.
Succulents are great for beginners. They’re a special kind of plant that adapted to dry climates by retaining water in the stem, leaves, or both.
If you’re new to any gardening, these plants are perfect because they’re easy to take care of. They don’t require frequent watering and are really low maintenance.
Some succulents to check out:
- Black-Spined Agave
- Calico Hearts
- Fairy Castle Cactus
- Tiger Tooth Aloe
- A six planter set with an adorable owl design. They’re made of high-quality ceramic and glazed in a variety of colors.
- They’re the perfect size for little succulents.
- They’re small enough to fit on the average window sill.
- On the bottom of the pots is a drainage hole to allow airflow as well as drain any extra water.
Herbs are another type of plant that’s great for beginners. They don’t need direct sunlight and grow all year around. Plus, you’re starting to grow edibles for your kitchen.
Easy herbs to try include:
- Barnyard Designs has this nifty and creative herb pot planter three-piece set made of high-quality metal.
- They’re the perfect size for small plants like herbs or succulents. These pot planters are 4.25 inches wide and four inches long.
- There are drainage holes at the bottom of the pots to allow airflow and drain excess water.
3. Check Out Plants that Don’t Need A Lot Of Sunlight
Sometimes you’re working with an apartment that has only a few windows or super small windows that don’t let in a lot of light.
Luckily, there are still some veggies you can grow in an apartment garden. Low light plants make your job easier since they don’t need much sunlight to grow and can be put in a lot of different places.
Some great indoor low light plants to try:
4. Vertical Plants Work Better
Unless you can afford a large luxury apartment or townhouse, most apartments are small. You have to consider the size of the veggies you want to grow when setting up your garden.
You also have to think about the shape of the plant. For small spaces, vertical plants work. Wider veggies take up more space in your cramped apartment. Since vertical plants grow up, they don’t take up much space at all.
There are some great vertical plants listed below. Keep in mind, some of these plants can grow rather tall.
- Avocado tree
- Cherry tree
- Fig tree
- Mandarin oranges
- This planter pot is made from a 100% UV stabilized plastic that’s also UV resistant. It can sit in direct sunlight without damage.
- It has a glossy surface that looks nice in any apartment.
- It has an integrated self-watering feature in the body with hollow legs that reach into the reservoir so your plant can soak up water as needed. The plant itself sits above the water.
- It has a clip-on water attachment so you can pour water into the reservoir instead of right on the plant.
- Also on the bottom of the planter is large slats. These slats allow perfect airflow for the soil. No worries about mold or fungus.
5. Use the Correct Soil and Fertilizer
Plants thrive in the right fertilizer and soil. Together, they get plants all the nutrients they need to grow strong and healthy which is why it’s important to use the right fertilizer and soil for an indoor plant.
When it comes to soil, you have to choose carefully. The wrong soil in a potted plant doesn’t allow enough airflow and water won’t be able to seep in or drain.
Potting mix is a great choice. It’s made for potted plants and uses compostable organic matter and peat moss for water retention, among other nutrients.
It’s also lightweight. This creates air pockets to allow water to flow through the soil.
As for fertilizer, you can use any type but there’s one type of fertilizer that delivers the best results. Organic liquid fertilizer may be pricey but it’s worth every penny for the health of your plants. Liquid fertilizer has all the things your plants need to thrive. This includes micronutrients, plant hormones, and vitamins, just to name a few.
The Bottom Line
Even if you live in an apartment, you can grow and garden using our tips and tricks. You don’t have to give up your love of gardening because of a lack of space, just follow these apartment gardening tips.
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