Orangeville, ON (James Doan) While all plants are quite apt to prosper indoors, they do need more or less the same conditions to grow as outdoor plants do. These conditions are a good supply of fresh air, proper sunlight, water and nutrients such as plant food commonly known as ‘fertilizer’.

Here are a few tips to make your indoor plants grow healthier and add beauty to your surroundings.

Ever notice how plants will face the source of sunlight? This is because the sun is the main source of their nutrition. Plant leaves change water and nutrition from the soil to food through a process called ‘photosynthesis’.

A couple of hours of sunlight is a must for your indoor plants. If you do not have a place where you can have adequate sunlight, and cannot move the plants, you should consider purchasing a couple of indoor gardening lights.

Ordinary lights will not do. Indoor gardening lights provide enough ultraviolet light to nourish the plants.

Provide adequate water to your plants. Your indoor plants need ‘room temperature’ water to survive. Do not overwater the plants, most plants die due to a lack of water or a surplus of it than they do for any other reason.

Follow a simple rule, like you test a cake, you should pierce a knitting needle into the soil in a plant container. If the needle goes in with ease, the soil is just the right dampness, if not increase the quantity of water a bit.

Fertilizers are also important, once a fortnight add a scoop of indoor plant fertilizer to your plant pot. Used tea leaves are also a very good supply of nutrition for your plant.

Follow these simple tricks and you will see your indoor garden prospering very soon.