The 5 Easy Ways To Grow Your Indoor Plants Faster

Caring for your plants can be very time consuming and this is often the case when it comes to indoor plants.

Many of us have experienced situations where we would like our indoor plants to speed the process of growing along a little quicker!

The 5 Easy Ways To Grow Your Indoor Plants Faster

There’s no need to panic though, because there are some solutions where you can help them grow just a little quicker than they normally would.

We’ve compiled this handy list of five easy ways to grow your indoor plants faster, and provided some other helpful pieces of information that you may need to know.

Join us as we explore further!

What Are The Ways To Grow Indoor Plants Faster?

Now, there are plenty of ways that plants grow faster and there are also plenty of reasons why plants grow much slower than others.

For example, sunlight plays a huge role in the growth of plants, so more exposure to sunlight tends to be one of the pivotal factors in their speed of growth, whereas a lack of sunlight might hinder it entirely.

Feeding your plants regularly and providing them with enough moisture and hydration is very important to their growth too.

However, there’s much more to these points than this. Let’s dive in a little more to these points.

1. Increase Their Exposure To Light

Increase Their Exposure To Light

Plants generally love light, even the low-light plants will enjoy some light exposure, whether that be direct or indirect depending on the plant.

Low-light plants might be able to survive in a lack of light, but this does not mean that it is always the best for them. As a result, you will notice they grow much faster when exposed to brighter areas.

If you’re really trying to get your indoor plants to grow faster, you need to know where they are best placed to receive the light they need.

There are plenty of apps and guides available that can help you do this for your home and your area specifically.

However, as a general rule of thumb – east and west facing windows are where houseplants thrive the best.

Most houseplants will need plenty of indirect sunlight rather than being exposed to direct sun. If your plant is receiving too much direct sunlight, you may notice the leaves are browning.

What you can do in this instance is try to filter the sunlight out, especially when it comes to the strong afternoon sun. Sheer curtains are perfect for this method.

It is also possible to get some houseplants to thrive using artificial lights, which can be found in a multitude of stores or online.

This can be very useful and effective for tropical plants which need lots of light but the sun is too much for them.

Remember, in normal circumstances, south-facing windows normally produce the largest amount of sunlight and this is not recommended for some plants.

2. Increase The Level Of Moisture

Increase The Level Of Moisture

Bright light is indeed the first step to accelerating the growth rate of your indoor plants, but the next steps are critical too.

Plants need enough water and humidity, depending on their type of course, to be able to thrive. The best way of telling if your plant is struggling due to a lack of moisture is through its leaves.

The leaves tend to turn yellow with brown edges and will eventually fall off, along with the plant drooping altogether.

As we mentioned, different plants will require different amounts of moisture and humidity.

It will be impossible to give you specific instructions for every plant, but here are some general guidelines for you to be able to follow:

Ensure The Soil Is Moist

Whilst it’s true that some plants need a small amount of water to be able to survive, it’s extremely unlikely that any plant will be happy with a complete drought.

What this means for you is, you will need to make sure that the soil does not dry out entirely. Remember, even if a plant can withstand a lack of water, this does not mean it is best for them – and will likely hinder their growth.

Increase Watering During Active Growth

During warm temperatures, plants are in a period of active growth. At this time, they need more water.

If you are growing them under artificial light, they will probably need this amount of water throughout the year anyway.

Dry Conditions? Add More Water!

If you live in areas that are extremely dry – like the desert! – you will need to give your plants more water than their usual amount when living in humid environments.

This also applies to homes that use central heating systems in cold winter months because they will dry out the air much more quickly than normal.

Improve The Humidity

You should consider purchasing a humidifier for your plants to give them the best possible growing environment. Whilst misting is an option, it is best to avoid it because of the risk of root rot.

Whilst all of these listed above are general guidelines, as we mentioned, you should always ensure you are doing what is best for your specific indoor plant.

Check with an expert or other professional before increasing or decreasing water, food and light.

3. Regular Feeding

Regular Feeding

Plants typically receive the majority of their nutrients from the light, through the photosynthesis process.

However, it is important to regularly feed your indoor plants too, with extra added nutrients through the use of fertilizer.

As with the previous points, every indoor plant will have its own requirements for what they need and do not need.

So, we will once again give you some general guidelines but be sure to check about your plant’s specific requirements.

Time

Indoor plants are best fertilized to begin with during early spring – which is when new growth occurs.

Regularity

Once per month is likely to be enough feeding for your indoor plant. Use a trusted plant fertilizer that is diluted down to about half strength.

The needs of your plant will vary, so ask at a garden store for advice regarding the correct feed.

Exception

You should avoid feeding your plants in the winter months because they will be dormant anyway. The only difference is when you are growing them under artificial light.

4. Give Them Room For Growth

Give Them Room For Growth

Eventually, indoor plants will grow to a point where they cannot continue within their current plant pot. As a result, you will need to replace their pot and give them a larger container.

But how exactly would you know when to give your indoor plant a new pot? Well, there are a few ways you can tell if this is the case. Look out for these:

  • The plant is being pushed up away from the container due to the roots. The plant therefore looks like it’s being forced up.
  • The drainage holes at the bottom of the pot are blocked by roots or the roots are poking through them.
  • The plant stops growing or severely slows down its growth due to a lack of room – particularly noticeable in the summer months.
  • Watering the plant does not sate its thirst. Even with regular watering, the plant consistently is dehydrated.
  • The plant constantly falls over due to the foliage making it top-heavy.

Generally, plants will need to be repotted in the spring just before the new growth period. Choosing a new pot is important though. If you go too big, there is a risk that you will overwater the plant next time.

So, you’ll want to choose a plant pot that is around 2 inches in diameter, bigger than the previous pot. Depending on the plant, you may need to increase this again by another 2 inches.

As with the other points in this guide, it’s best to check your plants specific care guidelines.

5. Prune Your Plant

Prune Your Plant

Pruning is another way that helps to increase the rate of indoor plant growth. It helps them not only grow quicker but appear bushier, and it is all down to encouragement through this process.

The guidelines on how, when and if you should prune your specific plant will be different depending on your plant. However, the majority of plants will follow these recommendations:

  • Prune during active growth. The ideal plants for this are the ones that have lost their shape or their branches appear to be unhealthy.
  • Take care when you are pruning your plants. Ensure you are providing some plants with enough pruning with certain branches, and leave others longer.
  • “Deadhead” your plants if necessary. This is when you cut off old blossoms of your indoor plants which helps to speed along their new blossom’s growth.
  • Use pruning shears and carefully cut to about ¾ of an inch above the leaf’s node. This is where the leaves attach to the stem.

Assuming you are pruning lightly and carefully, the process should allow for the growth of brand new leaves, along with flowers and stems. It is a critical part of the care routine of houseplants.

It is important to note though that some plants will need more attention than others, so you should definitely refer to your plant’s specific care guide.

If you are unsure, always try to contact an expert in the field who should be able to give you much more in-depth information.

Can I Make My Indoor Plant Grow More Leaves?

You can. In fact, getting indoor plants to grow more leaves is a pretty simple process. Before you start though, you should always refer to your individual plant’s care-guide.

Ensure your plant has enough water, moisture and light before you go any further and once you have done this, you’ll want to consider two things.

First, consider purchasing a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen. Nitrogen tends to promote rapid growth of your plant’s leaves and can even make them a stronger color.

Check the bottle for the nitrogen level. The first number should be higher than the second if you want a good amount for your fertilizer.

Next, you want to consider growing your plant under artificial light. If you do this for about 10 hours a day, along with its new nitrogen fertilizer, you should start to notice a rapid growth of your plant’s leaves in no time at all!

Can I Make My Indoor Plant Grow More Flowers?

Much like growing more leaves, it is indeed possible for your indoor plant to grow more flowers – and the process is pretty much the same.

Once again, you will need to consider using artificial light for your plants to thrive under for around 10 hours of the day. However, when it comes to the point of plant fertilizer, this is where it differs from the growth of leaves.

It’s normally recommended that you use a plant fertilizer that is high in phosphorus, rather than nitrogen.

The reason this process sounds the same is because the method of growth for plants is pretty much identical. Your plant will need a combination of the right light and the right food for it to bloom.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some further frequently asked questions regarding indoor plant growth.

Would Putting My Indoor Plant Outside Help Speed Up Its Growth?

This is highly unlikely. Indoor plants are meant to be… for indoors. Whilst some indoor plants have been exposed enough to sunlight to be able to exist outdoors for a short period of time, the likelihood is that it will not speed up its growth.

Can I Use Natural Fertilizer?

The type of fertilizer you use will depend on the plant type itself and what you’re aiming for. The choice will ultimately be down to you, in terms of ethical considerations or personal preference.

It’s difficult to say if natural fertilizer will speed the growth process up over other fertilizers on the market, but there’s nothing stopping you from using it.

Will Indoor Plants Grow Quicker If They’re Next To Other Indoor Plants?

No, in fact – this will likely cause the opposite effect. If indoor plants are too close to one another, they will feel as though they have restricted space.

Much like having a plant pot that is too small, the result will be the same by placing plants too close to each other.

This differs from outdoor plants however, where close proximity may help them grow – especially when bees and butterflies call it their home.

Is It Possible To Have “Too Many” Indoor Plants?

There is no rule, regulation or law on the amount of indoor plants you have. However, it’s a matter of space and how much time you have to help them grow and survive.

Consider only having as many plants as you can care for and that you have enough space for around your home.

Also, be wary of having too many indoor plants if you have small children or pets due to their toxicity.

The Bottom Line

It’s indeed possible to quicken the growth of your indoor plants. Simply follow these 5 easy steps and you’ll see progress in no time at all!

Amy Enrich