The tropical weather of Singapore makes it a wonderful place to grow many species of herbs, plants and crops. Gardening at home can provide you with when it comes to refreshing the air, adding soft-scape to help spruce up your interior styling game and if you are planning to grow some produce for food, they will surely be a great addition to your meals at the dining table.
Though many are concerned about the high rise design of the apartments in Singapore being inconducive for indoor gardening, it is not the case at all. In fact, the architectural design apartments in Singapore actually allows ample sunlight to permeate every unit through the windows and balcony despite being stacked and developed in clusters. This means that it can be really easy to start your own little garden or own a botanical haven right in your living spaces. So if you have been dreaming of cultivating your green thumb and reap wonderful benefits while staying here in Singapore, read on for some tips to get you started!
Natural Sunlight Is Your Best Bet
There are 3 crucial elements that are necessary to keep plants alive and growing. They are water, sunlight and carbon dioxide. They allow green plants to photosynthesise and grow well. Thus positioning your plants where they can get a reliable source of sunlight daily is pretty much quarter the battle won to help the plants grow well. But do look out for really sunny spots which may cause a reverse effect instead, resulting in the plant to get dry and burnt. To be sure, it is best to find out how much exposure is required of each of your plant species before placing them at a spot nearest to the window or balcony ledge. The addition of plants in these areas are sure to jazz up your balcony or room and create a mini spot of nature within your home.
Be Wary Of Air Conditioning
Though it may seem to many that cooler temperature can assist plants to flourish and bloom extremely well, there is also a risk of drying the plants out when they are placed in an air-conditioned room. Like us and our skin, being in an air-conditioned space over a long period of time can cause dryness to your plants. So if you plan to place an indoor plant in your bedroom, do have a spritzer or mister nearby to help you hydrate the plants now and then. You would not want your plants to curl up and die before you can even pronounce its botanical correctly.
Overwatering Is A Serial Killer
Have you noticed how wrinkly your hand or feet get when they are soaked in water for too long? Well, this is the same when your plants have their roots in overwatered soil or are in a pot that has no drainage. Their roots may turn soggy and rot, which then cuts them off their way of absorbing water. So read up on the watering needs of your plants and water them as deem fit. On top of that, planting them in a pot with a drainage hole is also a wonderful way to do it. Just remember to throw out the drained water on the plate to prevent mosquito breeding!
Soil Structure Is The Foundation Of Healthy Plants
To grow well, your plants will require nutrients that are essential to them and their development. Similar to a transport system, the soil structure helps to direct the nutrients to the plant effectively. If you have tightly compact soil, chances are that you will end up with a pot of nutrient-packed soil that does not allow the nutrients to get to the plant. So try loosening the soil by mixing some organic matter, mulch (material that is made of decaying leaves, bark and compost) and some sphagnum moss. With that, not only do the roots of the plants can worm into the soil comfortably and absorb the essential nutrients, water can also be withheld in the mix to keep the plants hydrated. If you have trouble doing this, keep in mind that a medium density mix is a safe choice to start off with.
Make An Intelligent Plant Selection
Stating the obvious here, but it is definitely key to having your plants to grow and do well. After all, what is the point of growing a bunch of romantic roses under the hot sun when it is the elegant orchids that will bloom well in Singapore’s climate? Therefore, make sure to select plants that suit Singapore’s climate. Plus, a mature plant without much fuss can be encouraging for first-time gardeners. A rule of thumb to remember if you are searching for an indoor plant is that, the larger the leaves of the plant, the better they thrive as an indoor plant! So that makes fiddle fig and mother in law’s tongue a wonderful addition to your space.
Should you be looking at cultivating produce for your own consumption, try okra, brinjal, bird’s eye chilli and kale for a start.