How to Set Up An Indoor Greenhouse

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You’ve always wanted to have a beautiful garden. You could grow your own fruits and veggies instead of buying them at the store. They’ll probably taste a lot better too knowing how much work that you put into them.

The only problem is that you live in a small one-bedroom apartment. You don’t have a yard or any space to grow plants. Your climate isn’t good for growing anything either. 

You’ll either have to wait until you move to a different location or use an indoor greenhouse. A greenhouse will allow you to grow whatever fruits and veggies that you want. Keep reading to learn how to get started.

Best Plants to Grow in Your Mini Greenhouse 

There are a ton of things that you can grow in your indoor greenhouse. Some plants thrive a little better than others. It’s important to familiarize yourself with your options. 

Herbs 

If you’re a DIY greenhouse novice, your best bet will be to invest in herbs. They aren’t that difficult to grow and they spring up pretty fast. 

The easiest herbs to begin with are chives, rosemary, mint, oregano, parsley, basil, and thyme. We will warn you that while rosemary is easy to grow, it tends to take over every garden that it’s part of. You’ll need to be a tad bit careful with it. 

Flowers 

Flowers are a great go-to no matter what kind of garden you’re starting. Even ones that are usually hard to grow such as orchids become a little easier to deal with in a greenhouse. 

Other flowers that can flourish in this type of environment are roses, peace lilies, chrysanthemums, and Marigolds. Keep in mind that when you’re growing flowering plants that you should leave some space between them. You don’t want them to be too cramped. 

Veggies 

No recipe is complete without some kind of veggie. You can save yourself some money on your next grocery bill by growing your own vegetables in your mini greenhouse. 

Avocados, hot peppers, carrots, lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, and radishes are all viable options that you can pick. Some veggies need more space than others. 

For example, carrots have rather deep roots. They’re going to need plenty of room under the soil to grow appropriately. 

Fruits 

There aren’t many limits to the fruits that you can grow in your greenhouse. We do recommend going with something that won’t take up a ton of room. So, strawberries and other berries are a no-go. 

You can plant something like figs, lemons, limes, oranges, and grapes. 

Choosing the Size of Your Indoor Greenhouse

Once you choose your plants, you’ll need to pick out a greenhouse. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We’re going to focus on sizes. 

This will depend largely on how much space you have available and what you’re growing. If you’re sticking to herbs and the occasional veggie, you can get by with a smaller greenhouse. 

If you’re going with flowering plants, you’re going to need something a little bit larger. If you want the best of both worlds, you can save room by going with a tall-tiered model. 

Things That You Need 

There are many supplies that you’re going to need to pick up for your greenhouse. A few factors that you should keep in mind are humidity, watering, lights, and temperature.

Grow Lights

Your plants are going to need plenty of sunlight to thrive. So, we recommend placing your greenhouse in the window or as close to it as you can. Grow lights can’t replace the natural light, but you still need to have them. 

They’ll be handy when the winter rolls around. They can also supply a second source of light for plants that need it. There is one thing that you need to watch out for. 

Grow lights can get a bit too hot. They may even cook the leaves. To stop this from happening, you should invest in lights that have a programmable timer. 

Temperature 

Temperature needs can vary from plant to plant. Most of them can survive in room temperature conditions, but some need a little less or more. 

Greenhouses tend to absorb heat. If it gets too hot, your plants might not be able to take it. Fans are the perfect solution to this. 

Not only will they cool the greenhouse down when needed, but they’ll keep the air circulating too. You should also invest in a heater that you can use when the fans work a little too well. 

Watering 

Keeping the plants in an indoor greenhouse watered isn’t too difficult. They’ll be right there in the same house with you, so you can check up on the soil whenever you want. 

If you don’t want to have to keep up with it on your own, you can buy a watering system. It will provide your plants with a sprinkle of water whenever they need it with no input from you. 

Humidity

It can be hard to tell if the humidity in your greenhouse is too low until it’s too late to save your plants. The only way to stop this from happening is by investing in a hygrometer. 

Setting Up the Best Greenhouse Room 

Have you always dreamed of having a thriving garden? You don’t have to have a house with a huge yard to make this happen. You can grow your own fruits and veggies in your one-room apartment using an indoor greenhouse. 

They’re not too hard to set up. As long as you invest in the right tools, you’ll have gorgeous plants in no time. 

Are you looking for ways to use the veggies from your garden? Check out the Happy Healthy Food section of our blog to get a few tasty ideas.

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