10 helpful tips for creating an indoor garden
IT'S A LOT EASIER THAN YOU THINK!
More and more of us have started bringing the outdoors in, and with the support of plant-loving people online - it’s easier to help plants thrive now more than ever. From growing your own food to simply maintaining plants inside, here are 10 helpful Sugru tips for creating an indoor garden.
"The right plant in the right place"
Gardening hero, Beth Chatto’s motto is the key to success. There’s nothing more important than placing each plant in the conditions it will love. The Pilea Peperomioides, for example, love indirect light, so put somewhere bright, but don’t be tempted to leave on the windowsill for any length of time.
Prevent watermarks on wood floors
Protect surfaces and let your pots breathe with simple Sugru feet, which allow air to circulate under the pot, are waterproof and easy to clean.
Plants need to eat as well as drink
Again, it’s a brilliant basic of gardening. Many people forget that the soil will lose its nutrients over time, so it’s important to feed your plants about every two weeks (Miracle-gro is a good all-rounder) and to re-pot into new soil about once a year.
Make supports as they grow
The silhouette of the pilea is beautiful and irregular, and these little Sugru supports help it stand tall and keep on thriving. You can use this trick for lots of different plants that may need a bit of direction as they grow.
Sugru hooks let you hang little plants
Anna, from the beautifully curated madeupstyle.com, created some Sugru hooks to organise her smaller plants, giving them a place to shine - there's nothing better than a well-placed hanging plant to bring a room together. Check out her full tutorial here.
Sugru can seal up pots so you can stack them
We love this one, as there’s something so satisfying about these basic terracotta stacking pots. They all come with holes for drainage. Seal up one, the inside one can drain, and the outside one can hold any extra water.
Never forget to water a plant again
The Thirsty Plant Kit from TWSU will enable you to learn programming and take care of your plants at the same time! When your plant needs a drink, it’ll send you a tweet. Brilliant, right?
Add colour and character
Upcycling is as rewarding as gardening, so why not combine the two? Finding ways to reuse old plant pots or fashion new ones from unlikely items (such as teacups) can add an element of colour and character to your indoor oasis. Hayley in the UK used some yellow Sugru to create this Kintsugi-inspired plant pot, and we absolutely love it. So much, in fact, we're tempted to break one of ours to repair just like hers.
Add wheels to a heavy plant pot so you can move it
This hack came from Sugru user Olivier. Some plants may need moving to get better light on every side, others for cleaning, and so on. Simply add Sugru to three or four casters on the end of the planter and hey presto! It’s got wheels. Sugru bonds brilliantly to ceramics, so it’s perfect for this durable hack.
Create a hanging herb garden
Many of us are short for space in the kitchen. This clever idea repurposes jubilee clips and mason jars and a little Sugru to make a cool hanging herb garden on any surface. As Sugru bonds so well to glass, you can even make one on the kitchen window! For the video tutorial, visit: How to make a window herb garden.