I just planted a mini-garden on a whim in an old bonsai pot, about 7″x5″x2″ deep. I put in a layer of small gravel, a layer of charcoal, and then planted three plants in potting soil on top. Then I put Spanish moss on top.
The plants are designed for mini-gardens. I have two pixie hypoestes and one pixie peperomia puteolata. I watered with three T of water, and plan to do this maybe every other day.
Question: 1: Is there anything I need to do to keep them small, less than 6″ high?
Question: 2: Should I fertilize, and if so, with what?
Question: 3: These will be indoor plants. I can put them in a window that gets bright light for about three hours. Is that enough? Is artificial lamp light from an over head LED spotlight as good?
Question: 4: Am I doing anything else wrong?
- Regular pruning is the only way to keep these plants at a manageable size. As long as the light is primarily from overhead, the plants will tend to grow up rather than horizontally.
- You don’t want to optimize growth in a mini dish garden. The point is to maintain what you have. Therefore fertilizing is not a good idea.
3.Your plants will do best on a north or east window sill. There are many different types of LED’s. Only those that produce light in the blue and red range are effective for plant growth.
- Keep the soil slightly damp at all times.