It’s not uncommon to maintain plants indoors, especially in Colorado. If you’re interested in keeping a windowsill herb garden or simply sprucing up your indoor decor with plants and flowers, it’s important for the health of your garden that your indoor air quality is optimized for sustaining plant life.
To attain decent growth and healthy plants throughout your home, you should monitor a few aspects of the air in your home. Apart from temperature, keeping an eye on humidity, carbon dioxide levels and light are all vital in keeping your indoor grow alive.
Whether you’re exposing your plants to open indoor air or working with a hydroponic garden, these are important factors to cultivating success. To protect your plants, keep an eye on the root zone and monitor the air directly surrounding your crop. If you’re setting up your herbs on the windowsill, make sure those plans are receiving about six hours of sunlight per day. Because those plants are growing indoors, carbon dioxide is not as readily available to boost plant growth, so the extra sunlight is vital to their success.
Regarding humidity, cold air fails to hold water vapor particles as well as hot air does. That means cool air might harm plant growth if the plant itself does not receive enough moisture. Your home HVAC system may run a level of humidity control, but investing in a whole-home humidifier can provide optimal levels of moisture for your health and the health of your home garden.
Plants grow differently based on how much light they’re exposed to and the temperature indoors. In cozy, warm, but relatively dark areas, plants will tend to grow prone to disease and yield thin leaves. But, too much light can stunt a plant’s growth.
Most problems and challenges with your home garden come down to climate control issues. The key is to keep temperatures at an agreeable range – between 60 and 79 degrees – for the plants you’re trying to grow, while keeping a slightly increased level of moisture in the air and allowing plants to soak in between 4 and 6 hours of sunlight each day.
To optimize the airflow, temperature, humidity, and general atmosphere in your home’s indoor garden, ask your HVAC specialist about manually operated vents to control the climate of your garden. Although home gardens are not included in Right Away Heating and Air Conditioning’s offered services, our expertise may be able to answer a few of your questions. It’s important to understand exactly what certain plants need to thrive as you work to optimize your garden space for growth.