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Indoor Gardening is About More Than Just Spider Plants

Jun 7, 2008
The world over, gardening is a popular pastime among people from all walks of life. Whether planting vegetable patches to save money on produce, or planting a variety of plants for the sheer pleasure of the craft, gardening has remained a relaxing and humbling experience for hundreds of years. While outdoor gardening is the preferred style of most serious gardeners world-wide, giving your inner sanctum some plant love is much advised as well, and brings with it a new set of techniques and tricks that may escape even the veteran outdoor gardener.

Indoor plants function largely as decorative, while also instilling the room with a sense of nature and cleanliness. From window sill herb gardens that provide an extra dash of charm to both the room and dishes, to an elegant vine plant hanging its tendrils down lazily from its perch, to a small rubber tree in the corner of a room, the options for indoor gardeners are as diverse as the ones available for outdoor gardeners.

The variety of options doesn't end there though. Annuals and perennials can get a head start by being groomed indoors for the coming season, and gardeners with a real eye for meticulous detail and the wish to cultivate something truly extraordinary can take on the task of rearing begonias or African violets.

Coleus are a striking plant, with a dazzling display of colors made especially effective when catching the rays of the sun from a windowsill perch. Baby's tears are evocatively named for the striking image they portray, teardrop shaped leaves spilling elegantly over the side of the pot. A plant favoured for fall time grooming is the chrysanthemum. The winter doldrums can be beaten by planting a variety of striking flowering plants to bloom before their time, such as daffodils, hyacinths or crocuses.

Hanging baskets containing a variety of plants can supply any room with a unique look. Just make sure they're high enough to avoid the heads of your tallest house mates. Kitchen windows are the perfect place for herb gardens and other salad friendly delights. They'll provide your kitchen with a sumptuous smell that just may cause others to think it's meal time all the time.

For the salad lover the tiny gourmet leaves of the mesclun plant will tempt your palate and those of all around you. The best things in life take time is a saying that the mesclun doesn't adhere to. It grows its delicate leaves quickly, and spoils just as quickly. The indoor gardening enthusiast must constantly be on the lookout for the perfect opportunity to harvest these leaves and make them a part of a delectable salad immediately. The extra monitoring effort will be well rewarded with a great tasting salad.

Indoor gardeners are certainly not wanting for options like bamboo palms for example when it comes to their craft. What it lacks in the appeal of being outdoors and knee deep in dirt under a baking sun, if you want to call that appealing, it more than makes up for with variety and charm.
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