Want to grow hothouse plants but don’t have a yard? An indoor greenhouse could be just the solution. You can buy an indoor greenhouse kit from garden supply stores or you can build your own from scratch.
The Advantages of an Indoor Greenhouse
If you live in an apartment, the advantages of an indoor greenhouse will be obvious. Typically, it will be the only option available to you if you want to grow tropical plants. But even gardeners with yards can find uses for them. The chief advantage is cost. A mini indoor greenhouse can cost a lot less than even a relatively inexpensive lean-to structure. The can also provide an interesting talking point for your home or office. Or you can use them to teach children about the fundamentals of growing their own flowers, fruits or vegetables.
Like an Aquarium, But For Plants
Face it, lots of offices, stores and restaurants show off tropical fish to keep their customers diverted. Why not ring the changes with resplendent orchids or beautiful bird of paradise flowers instead? You can even grow your own Hawaiian lei! Exotic foliage can lend a splash of color to any home or business. Or you can use your homemade indoor greenhouse to grow your own fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices to give almost endless variety to your kitchen. No need to contribute to global warming by having your limes imported from the Florida Keys when you live in Maine. You can just go to the next room to get them. Add spice to your food by growing your own ginger or cayenne peppers. An indoor greenhouse brings the tropics and subtropics to your home wherever you live.
Indoor Greenhouses in the Classroom
An indoor greenhouse can be a valuable educational device to teach children about the life cycles and growth of plants. The lessons learned can be incorporated across the curriculum. Maybe the children can learn about how the colonists grew herbs in their history lessons. Or they can speculate on how hydroponics, the science of growing plants without soil, can be used to terraform other planets in the future. Or grow flowers to press in their art class. The possibilities are as limitless as the teacher’s imagination. Taking the responsibility for nurturing a life can also be an important tool in the development of a child’s conscience. It can teach them that there is more to life than just their own wants and desires, and that all things are interconnected. What better lesson to teach young minds?