A Beginner’s Guide to Indoor Plants

Written by Amir Tajer


Posted on December 03 2021

Growing indoor plants is easy with guidance for first-time gardeners. Although gardening is a science, it requires no certificate to succeed.

A little advice and understanding go a long way. If you are looking to start an indoor plant garden, here are tips and tricks to help you flourish.

What to Grow

Snake plant in a pot grown indoors

As a beginner, you'll want to avoid complex indoor plants since maintaining them can be overwhelming.

We recommend starting with low-light indoor plants that thrive in shade such as the ones below.

  • ZZ plant: low-maintenance and thrives in a dry environment.
  • Spider plant: Prospers with minimal care.
  • Asparagus fern: light and feathery - perfect in a suspended basket, trailing pot or decorated indoor planter.
  • Bromeliads: thrive in humidity. They make an excellent addition to the bathroom which can sometimes be neglected where plant decor is concerned.
  • Snake plant: grows excellently indoors, requiring little sunlight and moisture. It is also a natural insect repellant.
  • Cast iron plant: a little watering is enough to keep it going. Do not re-pot it often. It flourishes when left alone. 

Low light plants still need light. Use grow light for plants as a substitute for the sun to stimulate photosynthesis.

The best grow lights for low-light indoor plants are fluorescent lights. The lights are cheap, energy-efficient, and available in most stores.

The Do and Donts of Growing Indoor Plants

Variety of indoor potted plants

  • Avoid placing low light indoor plants toward sunlight or exposing them to brighter grow lights for plants. Too much light discolors foliage, turning them crisp brown.
  • Choose plants that coordinate with your indoor lighting conditions. If the room is too bright, get low light planters like the asparagus fern, Chinese money plant, and weeping fig. They adapt to bright light but not direct sunlight.
  • Water the plant according to its need. Most low-light indoor plants do well with little moisture. Some like the peace lily need to dry out between watering. Too much water makes the stems and leaves flaccid.
  • Mimic as much as possible the plant's habitat conditions. For instance, a plant like the peace lily requires shade and warmth constantly. Do not place it on the window sill like the asparagus fern. The leaf will turn yellow. The rattlesnake plant and bromeliads need sufficient humidity - keep them in a moist place.
  • Low light indoor plants do not require a lot of fertilizer like outdoor plants. Liquid and slow-release fertilizers work well with indoor planters. Dilute the liquid fertilizer with water, then use the solution to water the plants. Slow-release fertilizers have sheets that leach gradually in the plant's soil.

Try a Hydroponic Garden

Hydroponic garden strawberries indoors

Not a fan of dirt? Grow an indoor garden hydroponically - with water alone. Several indoor planters can produce roots in water that has added nutrients.

Herbs like peppermint, basil, oregano, sage, and rosemary grow well with this system. Low light indoor plants like the peace lily and devils ivy do well hydroponically as well.

We produce fertilizer bundles for indoor hydroponic planters to promote growth. Our fertilizers give the indoor plants the nutrients they require to grow.

The fertilizer is also custom blended to give each plant its specific nutrient requirements.

You can shop our specialty fertilizer collection below.



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