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Bring the Outside in: Gardening Tips for Seniors


Indoor gardening is a great way for seniors to stay active and engaged, especially if they live in an apartment or don't have access to a garden. Not only does gardening improve mental and physical health, but it also enhances the beauty of the living space. Here are some tips for maintaining indoor plants in an apartment or senior living community:

Choose the Right Plants

Unless you have a very sunny space, you will need to select plants that thrive in low-light conditions. Some examples include snake plants, spider plants, and pothos. If you are gone a lot, you will need to choose plants that don’t require frequent waterings. Make sure to choose plants that are non-toxic if you have pets in the house.

Invest in Proper Pots

Choose pots that have drainage holes at the bottom and are large enough to accommodate the plant's root system. Make sure to use a saucer or tray under the pot to collect excess water and keep your floor or window sills clean.

Choose the Right Spot for Your Plant

Most plants require some natural light, even if it’s not direct sunlight. Place the plants in a location that receives enough natural light such as near a window or sliding door. If natural light is limited, consider investing in grow lights that mimic natural light.

Come Up With a Water Schedule

You will need to water the plants according to their specific needs. Overwatering can cause root rot, while underwatering can cause the plant to wilt. A regular watering schedule can help you keep your plants healthy. As a general rule, you can check the soil regularly and water when the top inch is dry to the touch.

Fertilize Occasionally

Indoor plants require nutrients to grow, so consider fertilizing them occasionally. Use a water-soluble fertilizer and follow the instructions on the packaging.

Maintain a Consistent Temperature

Indoor plants prefer a consistent temperature, so avoid placing them near drafty windows or doors. Keep the temperature between 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Indoor gardening is a fun and rewarding activity that can provide numerous benefits for seniors. Not only does it improve air quality, but it also enhances mental and physical health. By following these simple tips, seniors can successfully maintain indoor plants in their apartments and enjoy the beauty and benefits of nature within their own homes. For more like this, visit our blog.


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