Most organic plants can be grown almost effortlessly indoors. The best part about growing your organic plants inside is the control you’ll have over their growing environment. For example, they will be better protected against harmful garden pests and insects. You can grow your organic plants year-round by growing them inside.
How to transition your outside organic plants for inside growing
This is not as complicated as you may believe. One of the most critical components to this process is choosing hardy plants to bring inside. By the time the spring and summer growing seasons are finished, you’ll know which plants are good candidates to be brought inside.
You must prepare these plants for the indoors, before the first frost hits. The first step is to extract these plants out of the soil. You’re going to need to ensure when you extract the plants, the entire root is intact. This means you’re going to have to dig deeply into the soil, to make sure you get the whole root. Once you have your organically grown plants extracted, roots and all, transplant them into new potting soil right away. Ideally, the root balls should have 2 inches of potting soil surrounding them, inside the pot.
You’ll want to carefully inspect your organically grown plants, to be sure there are no harmful insects clinging onto them. If you find any, pluck them off and spray your plant with the insecticidal soap; this was previously discussed in the organic pest control section. Once insect inspection is completed and any pests are taken care of; give your organically grown plant a good watering.
There is a hardening off process that you must prevent, prior to transporting your organic plants inside. You can do this by placing them in an area which does not get a lot of direct sunlight. You should tend to your organic plants for a week. You are training them to get used to the lack of direct sunlight. During this week of training, you must keep them watered, trimmed, and properly pruned.
Once the one week training period is over, you may bring your organically grown plants inside. Typically, the rule of thumb is to give your new indoor plants five hours of light a day. If you don’t have anywhere, in your living space, that gets this type of lighting, you’ll have to give them artificial light. You can accomplish this with a fluorescent light, which is positioned approximately 6 inches suspended above your organically grown plants. You should leave this light on, for the plants, 14 hours a day.
You must also make sure your organically grown plant is protected from the cold, while it is inside. Don’t let the temperature your plants are exposed to, drop below 60°. If your organic plants experience too frigid of a temperature, they will not fare very well. Also, be sure you keep your organic plants out of drafty areas.
Your organic plants should also have a lot of moisture. You need to keep them damp by using gravel trays and keep their pots in water. Keeping your organic plants growing inside, year round, is easy to do. The most essential part to keeping them indoors; year round, is to try and replicate optimal growing conditions, they would experience outside, while they are inside. If you bring your organically grown herbs inside, it’s important to know they prefer humid environments.
If you follow the steps outlined above, you will be able to have strong, healthy, organic plants growing year round. Any time you want to have a vegetable garden, if you don’t have room inside; remember you can have one inside. It just takes some planning and the proper steps need to be followed.