Plants give us many benefits. It is a source of food, It provides natural cure, and it is used in many products. But most importantly it refreshes our air with oxygen. For these benefits, everyone is encouraged to propagate plants.
Unfortunately, most of us find it difficult because of many reasons major of which are time and space. Most of us have busy schedules and cannot insert a minute to take care of a plant and many says that they have too little space to spare for it.
The answer to the concern with space is indoor planting. Many have successfully grown plants inside their homes.
The concern with time is what we will try to address. Our tips will focus on how to lessen effort and minimize time in planting while enjoying the fresh air that plants provide. These tips are based on our actual experience.
Tip #1: Make A Pot That Will Have Water Always Available For Your Plant
My husband and I have passion for planting. Sadly, we always missed watering our plants. The result is that our indoor plants always end dying. My husband thought of a way to resolve this and so he came up with this simple pot that will ensure availability of water that our home plants need to survive
Please see the picture below. The plant on the picture is called temptation plant. My husband made a pot out of a pet bottle. He cut it into half and turn the upper portion upside down with cap removed. He put water in the lower portion of the bottle and he planted the plant with soil in the upper portion. He then put the upper part of the bottle with plant on top of the lower part with water.
In this way, we need not water our plants everyday though we need to expose it to sunlight once in a while. In our case we expose our plant to sunlight once every two weeks. It will be much better if you can put it in a place where sunlight passes because that means that the only thing you need to do is to refill the bottle with water once every six months.
Tip #2 Fertilize Plants Naturally With Your Vegetable And Fruit Scraps
Put your vegetable scraps in an ice cream tub or a pet bottle or any plastic container with cover. Once it is full, cover the container and expose it under the sun. Let it sit for at least a month. When it is totally dried up you can add it on the soil of your plant. Please take note that we are not making a compost here which may take more of your time. The scraps are dried to avoid insects prying on them and to avoid the decaying smell. The dried scraps can also enrich the soil of your plants as a natural fertilizer. These scraps will be fully decomposed in the soil of your plant in time making your plant healthier with minimal effort at your end.
Additional, cut large scraps such as banana and mango peels into smaller pieces and crush eggs shells. Do not add these scraps if you cannot cut and crush.
Tip #3 Have a covered container for your aquatic plants to avoid breeding of mosquitoes
Aquatic plants are plants that can live in water. There are aquatic plants that can thrive indoor without direct sunlight. One example is philodendron. The problem with having aquatic plant is that mosquitoes lay eggs on the water. Thus you have to replace the water more often. Also, you cannot just replace the water directly from the faucet because it has chlorine that is bad for your plant. You have to let the water sit for a night for the chlorine to dissipate. For a busy bee like you, it is unacceptable. Our tip suggests to have a covered container for your aquatic plant to avoid breeding of mosquitoes.
My husband made holes on the cover of the container he created out of pet bottles where he inserted the cuttings of the philodendron. This disabled the access of mosquitoes to the water inside the bottle preventing them from laying eggs on it. Because of this we only replace the water of our plants once a year.
Tip #4 Choose Plants That Require Least Attention
There are plants that require very minimal attention. In your spare time try to do a little research from the internet and you will find that an indoor aloe plant can be watered every three weeks and snake plants do not require much water and much sunlight. Choose the right plant according to the attention you can give.
Tip #5 Plant In Batches
Schedule a day for planting and plant as many as you can. You can do it once a year or once every six months. In this way you need not spend much time in planting. Plus, this is a good way to shift focus once in a while, refresh your mind and renew your drive.
Planting need not require much time and effort. We hope we gave you a little inspiration to start your indoor planting. There are numerous benefits in planting indoor. You will be happy to know and experience them.
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