14 Gifts for indoor gardeners
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Indoor gardening is generally conducted on a much smaller scale than outdoor gardening.
However indoor gardeners are no less enthusiastic about their gardening pursuits meaning gifts for indoor gardeners can have a huge impact!
Indoor gardening presents a greater opportunity to have complete control of growing conditions. This enables growers to indulge in the exotic as well as the weird and wonderful.
From tropical, jungle plants to specimens from more arid regions like cacti and succulents.
This means the indoor gardener has a big opportunity to specialise and diversify at all levels.
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This makes finding interesting, indoor gardening gifts both exciting and relatively easy.
With indoor plants being proven to improve air quality and enhance well being encouraging indoor gardening is always a good thing!
From exotic plant seed kits to hydroponic growing systems there are so many to choose from. Consequently we have put together a list of our top 14 gifts for indoor gardeners here.
Your house plant loving friends will be both grateful and amazed whatever the occasion.
1. House plant seed kit
Houseplants come in such a wide variety of colours shapes and sizes. This is mainly in part due to the fact that many originate from tropical parts of the world.
The tropics account for one of the largest diversities of plant species on the planet.
These plants find the environments inside our homes the perfect places to thrive. The combination of bright rooms with year round warmth means homes are very similar to their own native climate.
This house plant starter kit is a great way to get your indoor gardener friends into germinating tropical plants.
Not only will opening the gift provide joy in the moment, tiny seedlings breaking through the soil will bring ongoing enjoyment as the new houseplants grow.
2. Sky planters
Most indoor gardeners will use every opportunity to plant up any indoor space possible. The problem is most of the time window ledges are the only surfaces which have the vacancy to host new house plants.
This means indoor gardeners can become very constrained in their ability to add more plants. Well not anymore! These hanging sky planters enable you to grow plants upside down from the ceiling.
They have a unique irrigation system allowing you to add water from the top without any dripping. Particularly effective for climbing or hanging house plants these planters can also boost internal decor.
If your gardener friend has not yet tried sky planters then these will make an amazing gift!
Terrariums are enclosed growing spaces made of transparent material, typically glass which evolves their own unique biosphere. These are traditionally dome shaped, glass bowls with a circular opening.
Due to the transpiration of the plants inside and evaporation they contain their own micro climate and hydraulic cycle. These small and lush indoor gardens always evoke curiosity and look amazing.
It is no surprise that terrariums are very popular with indoor gardeners but many are yet to discover them. This terrarium kit will enable your indoor gardening friends to leap into this new discovery.
It has everything they need to start their very own, contained plant ecosystem.
4. Digital soil testing kit
Due to the fact indoor gardeners solely rely on pots to grow plants there is no more important factor than soil conditions.
Due to pots being much smaller planting vessels than the ground outside soil conditions can fluctuate.
The most important variables is moisture content. House plants prefer a consistent moisture content and not the fluctuating extremes of wet and dry. Getting this balance correct is the road to maximum success with indoor plants.
This digital soil tester will monitor the moisture content of individual pots and let you know if it needs less or more water.
This cool gadget will also measure soil temperature and soil PH. What better way to treat your friend with this brilliantly useful gardening present.
5. Heated propagator
Most indoor gardeners start out with the odd house plant and then gradually acquire more specimens.
Over time their interest grows into propagation and diving existing plants. This can be done with germination, cuttings or dividing existing plants.
As indoor plants love warm conditions heated propagators can be used to aid propagation. Heated propagators are like very small greenhouses which can be kept on a window ledge.
These can be plugged into the electric supply to provide continuous warmth to young plants. Heated propagators can make great gifts for indoor gardeners at any time of the year.
6. Indoor plant food
Just like garden plants houseplants also need their fair share of nutrition. What makes things more troublesome for indoor gardeners is they typically grow in small containers.
Small vessels of soil are more susceptible to fluctuations in many elements including moisture and fertility.
Therefore indoor gardeners need to make sure their beloved plants have a suitable amount of nutrition to stay healthy.
Why not treat your house plant lovers with this multipurpose indoor plant food. It can be used to feed both tropical and dry loving indoor plants.
For an affordable gift for indoor gardeners it will pack quite a punch!
7. Bonsai starter kit
A unique element of indoor gardening is having complete control of all growing conditions.
Light, moisture and fertility all have to be monitored and managed for healthy plants.
It has been said that this intensive caring of indoor plants lends itself to our maternal instincts. However many indoor gardeners have not yet taken up the most maternal of all house plant pursuits.
Bonsai is a practice which comes from Japan and is many centuries old. It involves growing small trees in restrictive pots to encourage a mature form.
Bonsai trees can look like pieces of art and require continuous care and watering. Once indoor gardeners get started with bonsai they can soon become completely addicted.
This bonsai starter kit gives the gardener everything they need to get started and makes a fantastic present.
8. Book of house plants
When it comes to indoor gardening there is literally hundreds of plants to choose from and infinite knowledge to be gained.
Most gardeners spend their lives learning through trial and error trialling their conditions with varying plant varieties.
However sometimes it is good to have a thoroughly informative resource to hand. This makes this book of house plants a fantastic gift for indoor gardeners who are hungry to learn!
Not only will this book be a fun read for someone who loves indoor gardening they will return to it as a useful reference for many years to come.
Have an indoor gardening friend who likes tech gadgets? Well then the Aerogarden could be the perfect gift for them! This indoor growing system is a new and exciting way to grow plants indoors.
The Aerogarden is a digital, hydroponic growing system which requires no soil, so no mess! The plants roots grow into a water solution where they absorb all nutrients.
The system has an overhead UV grow light which allows you to grow vigorous plants even in the darkest of rooms.
The Aerogarden is perfect for propagating young plants or growing fresh herbs in the kitchen.
This cool garden gadget even has a vacation mode which when set will automatically take care of your plants while you are on holiday!
10. Succulent seed kit
If you have a friend who loves house plants it is pretty certain they love succulents.
Succulents are fleshy plants which are used to dry and often warm climates. Their slow growing nature and beautiful shapes make them very popular with indoor gardeners.
Hence this succulent seed starter kit makes a great gift for indoor gardeners! It provides everything you need to start your own collection of seed raised succulents.
The kit is perfect for beginners also as it includes species which are easy to germinate. This means there is almost guaranteed success of germinating some new house plants!
There is nothing more captivating than sowing seeds and watching them grow! The succulent seed kit comes with everything you need including pots, soil and a spray bottle for misting.
The box is also the perfect size and shape for gift wrapping!
11. House plant gardening tool set
Generally indoor gardening with house plants is a little more refined than outdoor gardening.
Indoor plants require a different approach to maintenance and care than those exposed to outside conditions and seasonal variation.
This also means they require a whole new array of gardening tools for specific purposes. Some specific examples include misting bottles, transplanting trowels and small clippers for pruning.
This house plant gardening set has all the specific tools an indoor gardener needs in one place. It will make the perfect gift for any special occasion or just to show that you care.
12. Grow your own Avocado tree
Looking for an indoor gardening gift with impact? Then this grow your own Avocado tree from seed gift box is the one for you! The whole purpose of the unit is to watch an Avocado nut slowly germinate into a small tree.
The growing dish has a sieve where the nut sits suspended in water where the roots develop.
Avocados are renowned for their easy germination and strong form during germination. This makes them completely enchanting to watch growing from seed.
The leaves have a leathery, tropical look and aesthetic dark and light green patterning. Avocados are actually quite hardy and can even grow outside in mild temperate regions!
This makes them an excellent candidate as a large houseplant in a container. The ‘Grow your own Avocado tree’ is the perfect gift for any indoor gardener.
13. Indoor plant stand
The best gifts for indoor gardeners are those which help to show off their house plants! Typically house plants are kept on window seals and on top of mantle pieces.
However these internal spaces are often limited in size restricting the amounts of plants which can be displayed.
Therefore this modern, wooden indoor plant stand makes the perfect present! Its contemporary design with a traditional finish means it is suitable for any interior design theme.
The stand also comes on small wheels so it is very easy to move around the home. This indoor plant stand can display up to 15 houseplants at one time.
14. Grow lights
Most plants grown by indoor gardeners are perfectly suitable for home growing. However every inside space is different with varying humidity levels and more importantly sunlight.
Many house plants do not actually like direct sunlight but do like bright conditions. The further indoor gardeners grow from the window the less natural sunlight becomes available.
Some indoor spaces can actually be very dark resulting in less than favourable conditions for many plants. Hence this Led UV indoor grow light can make a very effective gift!
It can be suspended above plants to give them a boost in the depths of winter. It can also be used to propagate new houseplants or germinating seeds.
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Paul Nicolaides is a Landscape architect and garden builder with over 30 years experience in designing, building and maintaining gardens. Contemplating just how important garden space is for nature and recreation he created 'Cool Garden Gadgets' to explore the best gadgets for enhancing outside spaces. From outdoor dining ideas to the latest garden technology we break it down for you here.