Indoor Gardening Article
Indoor Plant Gardening
No matter where you live, out in the country, in the big city, in a house or an apartment, in the tropics or near the Arctic Circle, you can enjoy the pleasures of indoor plant gardening. You can treat it as a small hobby with just a few houseplants, or you can really indulge yourself and fill your home with a great variety of plants and flowers.
There are a lot of benefits to be gained from indoor plant gardening. For one thing, it brings nature into your home, which may be especially important to you if you live in an urban area. Indoor plant gardening adds beauty and fragrance to your home, and the plants can be an integral part of your overall décor. Combined with lighting, furnishing and whatever art with which you enhance your rooms, your plants can help make your home a real showpiece.
There are a variety of reasons, besides beautifying the home, that people take up indoor plant gardening. Some people do it simply because they love to make things grow. They take great pride in seeing the plant they started from a seed or a cutting blossom in its full glory. They find the quiet hours they spend tending to their plants a welcome escape from the worries and stresses of everyday life. They also like the fact that indoor plants help to purify the air in the home. Remember, plants absorb the carbon dioxide humans exhale, and replace it with oxygen.
Some people find that indoor plant gardening answers the creative urge. To them the home is like a painter's canvas and the plants are the paint. Other people do indoor plant gardening for more practical reasons. They grow plants such as herbs because they can use them in cooking and for health and medicinal purposes, among other things. Still other indoor gardeners like to collect plants the way some people collect stamps or coins.
Indoor plant gardening does not have to be expensive, although some plants are of course more costly than others. You do not have to be an expert horticulturist or even have a "green thumb" to be a successful indoor gardener. But there are some things the prospective indoor gardener must take into consideration. He or she must choose plants that are most likely to thrive in his or her home. Are there animals in the home? Are there small children? If so, will this cause complications? Does the indoor gardener want foliage plants or flowering plants? Do some plants require greater care than others? Give some thought to these questions and any others that may arise before you buy your first plants. You will have taken the first step toward having a beautiful indoor garden.