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Gardening with Wild Plants

If you are exploring different ways to liven up your indoor space, then starting an indoor garden is a good option. For a change, you can freshen up your home with some wild plants indoors. 

Cultivating wild plants inside your home is not only an interesting but also a beautiful hobby. It is rewarding in several ways as well. You get a thrill of watching a seedling grow into a plant and these plants help in enhancing your home’s beauty. 

Many people believe that there is no other option than buying plants or their seeds from a store. However, it is not necessary. Growing and harvesting wild plants in your homes is a fun and exciting way to have an experience of indoor horticulture. 

Finding wild plants – the real adventure

Dpending on the area where you live, the season, and the current weather conditions, you can find living plants, seeds, and tiny seedlings that you can bring home with you. No matter if you are looking for edible plants, flowering plants, or succulents, you can find something that fits your taste and requirements. By bringing small wild plants and their seedlings home, you can build your indoor wild garden without spending a lot of money. 

While out in the wild, you may find plants that do not grow anywhere else. We all know that different varieties with different colors of all known plant species are found in the wild. Local varieties are always changing and developing, and the charm of wild plants also remain there. You can bring little plants from your visit and they serve as a living small souvenir of your trip to mother nature. 

Indoor cultivation of wild plants is fun and affordable

It is not a secret that sourcing plants from the wild are way more affordable than buying plants from a nursery. The cost it takes is not in form of money but it is your time and proper equipment. 

You may need to invest in a proper lighting system for your indoor wild plants. These systems, however, pay for themselves in saving your money over time when you are sourcing plants from the wild. 

Another thing that excites many home gardeners is the fact that they can propagate almost anything. You can buy rooting hormones from indoor gardening shops and turn clippings into small plants. You can prepare these rooting hormones yourself as well. 

It means that you can potentially cultivate a large number with the smallest and the rarest plants you find. In other words, plants that might cost you thousands of dollars online can be got for free in the wild. 

Local laws 

There is a twist. Before you start growing a wild plant at home, you need to be sure that you are not breaking any law. In the USA, every state has its own approach when it comes to harvesting plants. 

For instance, some states like Pennsylvania, allow their residents to harvest, however, penalize harvesting certain local native plant species. Therefore, educating yourself with the local laws is important before you start growing wild plants at home. Otherwise, you may have to face hefty fines. 

In some areas, where harvesting a whole plant is illegal, clipping may be a viable option. You can grow new plants from small cuttings of your favorite plant you find in the wild. In short, as long as you are following your state’s laws, you can enjoy growing wild plants indoors, and helping wild species grow in a new environment.

How to grow wild flowers at home?

Usually, flowers that grow in the wild are very showy, and flower lovers are ready to do everything to get their seeds to grow at home. These wildflowers are easy to take care of and can easily grow in an indoor environment when provided with the right amount of light and care. 

Let’s discuss how you can grow wildflowers indoors easily. 

  • As the first step, start with the wildflower seeds in a nursery tray that is filled with three-quarters of all-purpose good potting mix
  • Spread one layer of flower seeds in each of the tray’s sections. Rake the surrounding soil and cover the seed. Be gentle at this step. 
  • Spray the soil with water until it is wet when you touch it. The spray should be gentle and the seeds should still be covered. Use your fingertips to drop water on the soil. 5 to 6 drops of water are enough for each section. Ensure that the soil remains moist and do not let it completely dry. Repeat the process of watering the seeds every other day. 
  • Place the tray with wildflower seeds in a sunny window that receives light for at least 8 hours every day. Germination of the seeds will take place as early as six days from the day of planting. 
  • Continue watering the wildflowers with gentle spray and keep them in a good amount of sunlight. 
  • In 1 gallon of water, add ¼ tsp of liquid fertilizer. Now, use this solution once in a month instead of plain water. 
  • Cut the wildflower plant to approximately 4 inches when the plant has stopped blooming and the seeds have been dropped. Dispose of the cut plants. 

Takeaway

Gardening with wild plants is undoubtedly a thrilling process. It is also an activity in which you can involve your kids and other loved ones. If you haven’t started growing wild plants at home, it is the right time to look at the right place at your home to place these beauties and make your indoor garden. 

Wild plants look stunning in container pots or window boxes with their multicolor flowers and beautiful leaves. All you need to make sure that your plant receives a lot of sunlight and it will thrive to make your dull space beautiful. 

Gardening Equipments:

Hanging Herb Garden Set

Garden Pruning Shears

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