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The Top-Secret Grower's Guide to Fast Growing Plants

Bjorn Dawson October 02, 2018

Do you struggle to grow and maintain healthy indoor plants? Don't give up. You can be successful with fast growing plants in the comfort of your own home. All you need is the right lighting, water, and nutrients for the types of plants and vegetables you want to grow. 

 

Each plant has its own needs. Some thrive with dry soil while others prefer wet soil. If you understand the customized needs of your plants, you'll enjoy sustainable, fast-growing indoor plants. 

 

Read more to find out how home growing plants can fit into your lifestyle. Start producing environmentally friendly, thriving house plants in your home.

Container Planting for Fast Growing Plants

Whether you're planting vegetables, flowering plants, house plants, or seeds, choosing the right container is essential. When you're looking for a container, choose one that has enough space to support your plant's root system. 

 

Also, consider drainage. The bottom of your pot or container should have drainage holes to prevent root rot and fungus growth from wet soil. Depending on how large your plant will grow, get a container that holds enough soil for the adult plant. 

 

For example, a plant that grows up to 4-feet-tall needs a pot that holds 5 gallons of potting soil.

Types of House Plant Containers

Once you figure out the size of the container for growing your preferred house plants, you can choose one with a glazed or unglazed surface. Unglazed containers dry out faster because they absorb more water. So, if you choose unglazed, make sure you water your plants regularly. 

 

You don't have to water plants as much if they're growing in glazed containers because they don't absorb as much water. Just make sure your glazed pot has open drainage holes so too much water doesn't collect at the bottom of the pot.

Soil for Your Indoor Potted Plants

If you're not sure how to grow house plants, you can't go wrong with nutrient-rich, fast-draining potting soil. One of the advantages of indoor planting rather than outdoor planting is that your plants aren't as susceptible to diseases, pests, and soil-borne fungus. 

 

When planting your seedlings, cover the whole root ball with soil. Water the seedling thoroughly. Make sure you know how much water your plant or seeds need. Each plant species has its own watering requirements.

Lighting for Your Potted Plants

To grow plants fast, they have to have the right lighting. Some plants need direct sunlight most of the day, while others can't sit in the direct sun at all. When you select your plants, make sure you know the lighting requirements for your type of plants. Also, the spots you choose for your plant containers shouldn't get too hot or too chilly.

Humidity Matters

The humidity in your home can have an effect on how fast your plants grow. Plants need humidity. During winter months, this can be a problem because of the dry heat in your home. Low humidity can cause the foliage on your houseplants to turn yellow, dry up, and fall off. 

 

Most house plants need at least 50 percent humidity. This can be hard to maintain if you have the heat on in your house or have a fire burning in the fireplace. 

 

You can try keeping a humidifier in the room where you're growing plants. Misting your plants also helps your plants from getting too dry. 

 

Another method of increasing humidity in your home is to place pans of water on your stove. This releases humidity into the air. It's also a good idea to keep your plants away from heat sources, such as radiators, stoves, and fireplaces. This is important for plants, such as ferns and tropical plants.

Feeding Your Plants

If you want fast-growing indoor plants, you have to feed them. You just have to be careful that you don't feed your plants too much. Whether you use powder or liquid fertilizer, when it dissolves into the soil, it forms salts. 

 

If you feed your plants too much, the moisture in the soil gets too salty. The salt removes water from the roots, which burns them. If you see a white crust on top of the soil, it means you've overfed your plant. 

 

Before you feed your plants, check the nutrient requirements of the plant. Is it a heavy feeder or light feeder? For example, Ficus species are heavy feeders, while succulents need very little fertilizer. 

 

Keep in mind that small pots need less fertilizer than large pots. The key is to apply small amounts of fertilizer as your plant grows larger.

How to Choose a Healthy Plant

If you decide you want an established plant rather than growing plants from seed, select healthy plants with dark green leaves. Avoid any plants that have spots, and yellow or brown foliage. 

 

Also, make sure it doesn't have any pests on the underside of the leaves. These could infest any other plants you have at home. 

 

Take a sniff of the plant. Root rot and other root problems can give off a rancid odor.

Taking Your New Plant Home

Once you select a healthy plant, give it time to adapt to its new home. Most likely, your new plant had ideal conditions in the greenhouse with plenty of light, humidity, nutrition, and water. It will need time to adjust to the lower light and humidity in your home. 

 

This can be stressful for your new plant. The more your home conditions are different from the greenhouse, the harder it will be for your plant to endure. To acclimate your plant, put it in a bright area for up to four weeks. Then you can move it to other locations in your home. 

 

If you notice the leaves falling off your plant, it means it's stressed by the new environment. As long as the conditions aren't too different, the plant should perk up in a few weeks. Learn as much as you can about acclimating your plant before you bring it home. 

 

If you don't think your home has a stable environment for fast growing plants, consider a growing box. This provides the ideal environment for all types of house plants. It's a way to grow plants fast with ideal lighting, nutrition, water, and humidity. 

 

Contact us to learn more about our grow boxes that can help you grow sustainable, healthy plants in the comfort of your home.

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Bjorn Dawson

Bjorn is the founder and CEO of Grobo where his mission is to allow everyone to discover the benefits of home growing. In his free time, you can find Bjorn in nature, hiking mountains and canoeing rivers.

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