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How to Start A Garden in a Condo Unit

Turn an empty corner into a thriving green corner by bringing in low-maintenance plants

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Original Article: Franco Hubilla Photography: Aldwin Aspillera

One of the advantages of living in a sprawling home is you have the freedom to create a lush outdoor area where you can plant trees and care for as many plants as you like. Those who live in high-rise havens may not have the luxury of space, but many have started turning even the smallest available nook into a charming pocket filled with green wonders. Plants don’t just add warmth to a space, they help create a calming ambiance reminiscent of parks, too.


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If you’ve always wanted to create an indoor garden, keep in mind that it’s not as easy as buying low-maintenance plants and displaying them in a corner. You need to do your own research to know more about the needs of a specific plant. Give your condo unit a good look—with its size and existing condition, determine the plants that can thrive in the space. Let these questions guide you:

  • Is there an area (such as a small ledge or balcony) where the plants can be aired out and receive some sunlight once every two weeks? Remember that even low-maintenance plants need a little sunlight.
  • What is the orientation of the area? Does the area receive enough sunlight? Is it too dark?
  • What kind of and how much sunlight does the area get? Determine if it gets morning or afternoon sun. 
  • How much space can you spare? The amount of space can help you choose plants you can add.

 

Aside from carefully evaluating your space, it’s time to pick the plants wisely. Before you go to the nearest plant store to buy your first batch of plant babies, research on the following:

  • The growth characteristic of the plant you have mind in proportion to your space. A plant that grows into a tall tree may eat up a huge part of your living area.
  • The plant’s adaptability to the area
  • Ask the supplier if the plant can thrive in a space like yours. Describe your condo unit: is it dark? Does it have poor ventilation? Is it exposed to sunlight?
  • Don’t forget to slowly acclimatize your chosen plants. Before you keep and display a plant indoors, you need to “break it in.” Your new plant needs to be slowly introduced into a new environment as drastic changes may lead to unfavorable results.
  • Ask the supplier which plants are poisonous, especially if you’re sharing the space with pets and kids.

 

This snippet originally appeared in the June 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine.

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