Planting a sapling in a pot is not the end of gardening. The saplings have to be nurtured properly to grow into a healthy ornamental plant. Care should be given at the right time. If these ornamental plants are not taken care of, they can wither and perish. Ornamental plants do not attain maturity too quickly. This is due to a relatively lower amount of sunlight and humidity they require. They are hence best suited for indoor gardening. While selecting plants for indoor gardening, the temperature, moisture, humidity and all other related factors must be taken into consideration. Ornamental plants should be chosen accordingly. Decorative plants with higher foliage density should be placed in a shady region and multi-colored ones should be placed near windows or openings so that they will receive more sunlight. The blooms of such plants should be removed immediately. Newly planted ones need very little water according to its type and its growth rate. During summer ornamental plants do not show much growth. This is the point where less fertilization and irrigation should be provided. Irrigation must be done according to the species grown. Ornamental vegetation with small and thin leaves like the calanthe, spathiphyllum and maranta need irrigation at a higher rate. Large and broad leafed ones like the monestera and philodendron need lower water content to survive. But care must be taken to prevent water logging in the potted mixture as it can lead to root rotting.
When the plant has attained complete maturity, it must be kept outside in a partially sunny region once in every two or three months. This will help the plant to grow better. For indoor ornamental plants organic manures are the best. Compost and earthworm should be applied once in two weeks. Application of these manures should be done after removing the top soil. Put it back after applying the manures. If you prefer bright green leaves then a little chemical fertilizer once every month will not hurt.
If the ornamental plant is found with unusually large leaves and stem, then it is clear that it does not receive sufficient sunlight. If instead they have unusually small leaves, then the has been over exposed to sunlight.
In the case of multi colored plants, insufficient sunlight will result in green leaves that look unhealthy and unattractive. To enhance the beauty of the plant, the leaves can be cleaned. If stunted growth is seen, the potted mixture must be changed immediately. If these things are taken care of, then we can have a magnificent indoor garden.