Apartment Gardening 101: Tips for Growing Plants Indoors

Want to spruce up your apartment and also add a little spice to your kitchen? Indoor gardening is the way to go! Adding an indoor garden to your Garden Communities rental unit is a great way to add a pop of color and life to your apartment. Regardless of your rental location, you can grow a fresh garden with the right amount of sunlight and some water. 

Let The Sun In 

Sunlight peering in through an open window in an apartment

The first rule of thumb while trying out your green thumb is to make sure your plants get the proper amount of sun they need.  To do this, you want to make the most out of your spacious apartment. The best place to put your indoor garden is near a window that faces south or east. Maybe you should re-situate some furniture so that your plants can get the most out of those sun-filled rooms. No natural light? Don’t worry, as artificial lighting is available. We suggest any affordable CFL lightbulb. They’re cost-effective and efficient! 

Feed Your Seed 

Person holding small plant seeds in their hands

You can get seeds from a nearby nursery or even order seeds online. First you must decide what you want to grow, as the options are endless. You can also purchase pre-grown plants if starting seeds on your own seems intimidating. Since each plant has unique seed-starting requirements, it helps to start small by growing just a few varieties until you learn more about them. 

Loyal Soil 

Person taking out soil from a small paper bag

It will be helpful to make sure you aerate the soil. To do so, you want to poke holes down through the soil to aerate it once a week. This prevents root rot and allows for the oxygen to penetrate beyond the top layer of the soil. This allows your seeds to breathe, in order for them to grow. 

Shower Your Flower 

Watering a small potted plant with a watering can

When growing your indoor garden it’s imperative that your plants are watered. This is needed to enable the plant to draw nutrients from the soil. Water also provides necessary humidity around the plants. Watering frequency of indoor plants depends on the type of plants you have. Most gardening experts suggest you water houseplants once a week. In hotter environments, you may need to water your plants more. It’s a good idea to fill a spritz bottle with water to spray your plants regularly.  

Growing Fruits and Vegetables 

Line of potted plants on a table

You don’t need to have an outdoor garden or backyard anymore to plant your favorite fruits and veggies. You can plant fresh herbs, vegetables, flowers and salad greens right in your rental unit. There are plenty of vegetables and even some fruits that you can grow indoors, from salad greens and scallions to peppers, tomatoes and strawberries. This is a great way to add some life to your apartment as well as some flavor to your kitchen! 

Now your green thumb is gearing to-go and you may be growing some tasty items that you never thought would be possible! Ready to grill up those greens? Yes, you can grill in your apartment rental too, see how to safely do so!