The Indoor Gardening Blog by IGWorks

Growing Plants from Seeds

Growing Plants from Seeds

Introduction and Basics:

Growing plants from seeds can be a difficult process.  Older seeds, or those exposed to extreme temperatures or environments will have difficulty sprouting, and some plants are famous for having low germination rates no matter how well you treat them.  While there is nothing that you can do to guarantee that every seed you plant grows, you can significantly increase germination rates with a few, simple tips.

Tip #1 – Keep your seedlings from ever becoming dry (but don’t have them drenched in water)

Tip #2 – Keep your seedlings in a warm environment.

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Pruning, Trimming and Topping Your Indoor Garden Plants

Pruning, Trimming and Topping Your Indoor Garden Plants

Overview:

When gardening fruits and vegetables indoors, you’ll want to grow as much as you can in a small space.  One means of doing this is to use ‘Dwarf’ varieties of plants, as described in a previous post titled “Small Plants that Yield Big Indoor Harvests.”  Whether you’re using dwarf varieties of plants or not, you will find that proper pruning will result in healthier plants that produce fruits and veggies all year long.

What is Plant Pruning?

When gardening indoors, pruning, trimming and topping your plants will result in more bushy and compact produce that yields more fruit.  Because...


Small Plants that Yield Big Indoor Harvests

Small Plants that Yield Big Indoor Harvests

Overview:

A lot of people question whether they can grow cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and other large vegetables with their iHarvest indoor garden.  The answer is yes!  But, if you want to get a high yield out of your plants, you’ll want to choose varieties of these plants produce lots of fruits and veggies in small spaces.  These varieties of plants are generally referred to as Dwarf variety, or sometimes Bush variety plants.  A Google search for Dwarf variety tomatoes or Dwarf variety cucumbers, for example, will provide a lot of great results.

What are Dwarf Variety Plants?:

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Propagating Plants from Cuttings

Propagating Plants from Cuttings

A Quick Intro to Propagating Plants from Cuttings:

Growing a plant from a cutting offers at least two distinct advantages over growing from seed? 

  • Plants grown from cuttings will often grow more quickly than those grown from seed
  • Plants grown from cuttings have the exact same genetics as those of the original plant

Plants tend to grow much more quickly in hydroponics than they do in soil, so that’s not why l grow some of my plants from cuttings.  I grow from cuttings when I have a plant that grows much more fruit than others.  For instance,...


The Science of LED Grow Lights for Your Indoor Garden

The Science of LED Grow Lights for Your Indoor Garden

Introduction:

Indoor Gardening isn’t exactly a new thing, but LED’s are changing the way we light our indoor gardens.  LED lights are more efficient than traditional fluorescent and incandescent lights.  That’s because LED lights convert nearly all of their energy (95%) into light, while other lights turn a significant amount of energy into heat.  But, there’s another very important reason that LED’s are more efficient when it comes to growing plants.  With LED lights, we have the rather unique ability to customize the type of light that is emitted, and that means we’re not wasting energy to create light that...