The addition of containers is a great way to enhance your growing space and add valuable garden real estate. This is especially true for those living in rented houses or apartments with limited outdoor garden options. Plantings placed in window boxes can offer the ideal location to grow ornamental flowers or small vegetable crops.
Many enthusiastic growers have started to bring their gardening skills indoors. The creation of indoor flower boxes is an interesting way to add appeal and interest to indoor spaces. Better still is the fact that kids can enjoy this too.
What are Indoor Window Box Planters?
As the name would imply, indoor flower boxes refer to plants kept indoors directly beneath a window or on a windowsill. Window flower boxes work well for a variety of reasons. While many apartment dwellers may not have any access to green space, a sunny window can provide ample space for a small garden.
Choosing indoor window box planters will take some consideration, but they can add style to the home interior.
How to Make an Indoor Window Box
When it comes making an indoor window box, the options are limitless. If you’re constructing the boxes, you’ll need to take several factors into consideration including size, shape, and depth. While most indoor window box projects are constructed of wood, premade boxes made from a wide range of materials can be purchased and are the easiest route to go.
Regardless of which window box style you select, containers require drainage holes. This will prevent standing water, as well as potential issues with root rot or various fungal diseases.
To begin making a window box indoors, examine the growing space. Determining how many hours of sunlight the window receives each day is essential in choosing plants to fill the indoor flower boxes.
Next, the window flower box will need to be filled with a quality potting soil. While a well-draining potting mix will be ideal for many plants others, such as cacti and succulents, may have special requirements.
Care and plant maintenance will depend on which plants are selected. Window boxes indoors will require watering as needed. It will be essential to use drip trays with indoor containers, as draining water can damage indoor furnishings like carpet or wood floors.
Tropical plants may need frequent misting to ensure adequate humidity. If window box planters do not receive enough sunlight, the addition of a small grow light is also an option.