The 9 Most Common Problems Facing Indoor Gardens

It can be frustrating when something goes wrong in your indoor garden despite all of your hard work. You may be unknowingly be doing something that is having a detrimental effect on your plants. Take a look at this list of the most common problems that can arise when cultivating a garden indoors.

  1. Lack of Ventilation: Leaves cannot function correctly without a steady supply of fresh air; Poor ventilation causes slow growth and poor absorption of water and nutrients.
  2. Inadequate Lighting: This can slow down photosynthesis which leads to poor use of nutrients, and give the plants a scrawny appearance.
  3. Too High / Too Low Humidity: Either one of these conditions will cause stress to the plants from over-consumption or under-consumption of water.
  4. Temparature: A low or high temperature can slow a plant’s growth, and wide temperature fluctuations of more than 15 to 20 degrees can retard growth altogether.
  5. Overwaterting / Underwatering: Overwatering prevents the roots from taking in air, severely limiting nutrient intake and possibly causing them to rot. Underwatering slows the transport of nutrients, ultimately leading to sickly / dying roots.
  6. Light Burns: Foliage burned by HID Lamps is at an increased risk of attack from pests and disease.
  7. Indoor Air Pollution: This can slow plant growth to a crawl. Make an effort to check for vaporization from building materials and other chemical air leaks.
  8. Hot Soil: Soil over 90 degrees can cause harm to a plant’s roots.
  9. Roots Receving Direct Light: Roots require a dark environment; Light shining through to them can turn them green and their function will slow significantly.