Growing Lettuce and Spinaches Indoors It really isn’t that hard to plant Lettuce and Spinaches indoors. These healthy, low-maintenance plants thrive well in a well-lit environment. You can even grow loose-leaf lettuce (such as Summer Crisp, Iceberg, & Rose Hip) indoor. But do not try to grow crisphead varieties (as they are very large and take a very long time to grow).
What grows best? The answer is probably not what you think because you have to keep your plants healthy, too. When growing greens indoors, the key to success is moisture – more moisture means healthier, bigger plants with larger leaves. Ask yourself which of your indoor plants are your favorites: would you like to eat chives or strawberries instead? Or look at your vegetables as a reward for doing your chores around the house – put a little extra water on those plants, and wash the rest with the dishwasher.
Which of your indoor plants do you like best? Do you like sun-loving fruits and vegetables such as strawberries? Or are you a creature of the night who likes to snack on crunchy fruits like plums and grapes? A small indoor herb garden lets you grow berries and herbs you love in the evening. In addition to keeping your indoor herb garden healthy, you also get to snack on delicious fruits and veggies anytime you want.
How to plant indoor plants? Although you may have read lots of guides and tips on how to grow plants in containers, it can be difficult to follow through with a specific schedule of watering and fertilizing. The key to growing herbs and other indoor plants well is a guide or soil-averaging schedule – plant them when they’re in the best condition, and water them very little if at all. Indoor growing greens indoors can be made easier if you use a hydroponic nutrient solution to water your seeds and seedlings properly.
As a first step, you should consider the kinds of plants you want to use. There are three main categories of indoor gardening: aeroponics, hydroponics, and grow lamps. Aeroponics plants rely on air circulation, so there is no need to water these plants at all; just turn them upside down. Hydroponics plants work better with water-based nutrients because they rely on nutrients delivered directly to the roots.
Your next consideration is how to space your plants. Space them to the right and left of the window for maximum sunlight and air. You should also consider where your plants will be exposed to the sun. Choose plants that do not block the windows from direct sunlight or you could end up with overcrowded plants that have been growing under the open window. Growing fruits or flowers in pots will make the most sense if they will be harvested at sundown, as they will not require any direct sunlight. If you plan to harvest your vegetables or fruits at noon, however, opt for a type of indoor gardening that does require the use of sunlight, such as aeroponics or hydroponics.
You will also need to consider harvesting when your indoor garden is at its peak. If you are growing fast-growing, mature plants, it might be best to harvest them right after a hard frost. Otherwise, the vegetables will be at their peak growth and suffer from deformation from harvesting. You should also check with local environmental factors, such as rain patterns, to determine the best time of day to harvest your vegetables. If you live in an area with a milder winter climate, you should harvest your produce either late in the afternoon or early evening.
Your indoor plants will also need the proper nutrients to grow as well. Choose the correct nutrients for the vegetables you are growing. Some common vegetables that are commonly grown in indoor pots include onions, beans, spinach, chard and other leafy green vegetables. Although you can use any fresh vegetable, you should ensure that the vegetable has enough nutrients to get them started. Fresh fruits and herbs can also be grown in pots, but they will usually require more intense light, so they may take longer to mature than vegetables grown in a traditional indoor garden. If you are growing other food crops, such as melons or strawberries, you will also need to provide extra nutrients to ensure their optimum growth.