From a very young age, I have been told by my mother that owning plants is a responsibility of love, nurturing and care.
A plant is just like a baby, it responds to sweetness and wilts when neglected. It blossoms with care and kind words.
Growing up in a city and that too, living in an Apartment never put my family off from growing a variety of plants. At one point, we even had tomatoes and we do have flat beans growing in our little green space.
Here are a few tips on how to make your own plantdom –
Take Permission and No Objections
Many times apartment communities have common area rules and adages. This makes growing a large number of plants tricky, so better to have it out of the way before you start preparing to have a green space.
Have an idea of plants you want to own
Often when you are just setting up, there will be a variety of plants to choose from. Begin your green space with flowering varieties and be careful to not have hazardous one that releases sap or milk, if you have young kids about.
Learn how to prep a pot for a plant
In order for the soil to retain some water in it, there is a filter process to remember. We first place a few broken mud pot pieces and pebbles at the bottom, then layer it with mud and have a bit of sand in the top layer. Often, a combination of Cocopeat (made from coconut husk) can be mixed into the mud for better and less need for watering.
Use pebbles to stop splattering
Pebbles make the setting look more polished and they help keep the soil from splattering while being watered. They help lock in the cocopeat and soil from being lost from the pot.
Use wooden beams to help growing plants
Just like we humans need some aid to walk as we age, plants need propping aid as they grow. It is better to prop them to a wooden stick using jute based thread instead of metal. Often, if this is not done the weight causes stems to crack.
Have pot plates to hold the water
Pot plates are the best when it comes to non-messy plant care. They hold the extra water that has flowed out of the pot. This is especially helpful to plants during harsh summers!
Try to have hanging plants
These are a most charming variation of plants. Often housing mostly delicate flowering varieties and succulents, they can be occasionally trimmed. Watering is a bare minimum for them.
Practice growing small veggies
Do you have a sprouting onion or potato? Why not try sticking them in the sand instead of throwing them out. Try seeding a pot with vegetable or fruit seeds.
Take help from a local Gardener
Often we get confused on why some plants get affected or stop growing altogether. Get acquainted with local gardeners, who can come around and set up your pots and plants for you to start your green space!