large sansevieria

Image Courtesy Fleurieu Gifts

I’m going to let you in on a secret… anyone can garden, anyone. The key is to start small and follow an easy recipe to¬†successful indoor gardening.

Learning about indoor gardening is like learning how to cook.

You start with a boiled egg, graduate to mac and cheese, and before you know it you’re baking. You’ve seen enough cooking shows to know that it’s all about the recipe – and that’s no different from indoor gardening.

If you make sure you’ve got the ingredients and then learn to mix them in the correct amounts you too can have that amazing fiddle-leaf fig or terrarium or window box full of flowers (and keep it for longer than a week).

Gather your ingredients

Start out with the basics: a brightly lit spot, a plant, water. Your brightly lit spot should receive indirect light but not get too hot (brown leaves are a sure sign of frying).

Next choose your plant. You’ll want a plant that’s not too fussy and can tolerate varying degrees of light. The pothos is a great starter. It’s a vine and a bit like an ivy.

Buddha plant

Buddha Plant – Image Courtesy Fleurieu Gifts

Other plants to try include the Buddha Belly or Pot Belly fig Ficus microcarpa which is perfect for small spaces; Mother-in-Law’s tongue sansevieria; and Happy Plant dracaena massangeana.

Once you’ve chosen your plant, it’s time to get to know its water needs. All the plants listed will do well if you keep the plant’s potting mix moist but not wet.

Test it. Stick your finger in the potting mix. If it’s dry, it needs a water.


It really is as simple as that.

There are so many good reasons to learn indoor gardening; it’s great for you, it’s great for the air you breathe, it’s far more sustainable than buying cut flowers and it’s bang on trend.


Charlene Darmadi is the owner and director of Fleurieu Gifts, makers of beautiful and sustainable plant gifts.