Madison Moulton: Growing Indoor Plants Successfully | On the House #21

In this episode, host Gabriella Joustra is joined by Madison Moulton, an indoor plant growing expert, an accomplished editor, writer, and author of "The Next-Generation Gardener"

This episode discusses the differences between indoor and outdoor plants and the advantages of indoor gardening, offering valuable advice on selecting the perfect plants for your home. Join Gabriella Joustra and Madison Moulton as they explore optimal locations for indoor gardens, addressing the challenges associated with indoor plant gardening. Whether you are an expert or a beginner in indoor gardening, this conversation will provide you with enriching information to unlock the secrets of indoor gardening.

Meet Madison Moulton


Madison Moulton is a freelance gardening content writer, editor, and photographer. She also covers food, interior design, and everything related to lifestyle. Moulton’s main passion and expertise lie in gardening. She aims to help people achieve successful indoor gardening.


About the episode

In this episode of On The House: Household Management Insights, Madison Moulton defines household management as the structure and habits built around daily life at home, which greatly impacts how you perceive home and your overall well-being. She explains that household management involves routines and structures to make your home more relaxing and comfortable.


Moulton states that household management provides people with a positive environment in which they can spend long periods of time, such as working remotely. She also explains a misconception that household management is exhausting and requires a lot of effort, highlighting that once effective routines are established, daily life and mood naturally improve.


According to Moulton, indoor plants are happy to grow and thrive indoors, as they are usually compact and come from tropical regions with warm and humid conditions. She adds that some people bring outdoor plants indoors if they live in areas with limited greenery. 


Moulton also states that although indoor plants enhance aesthetic value and bring nature closer, cultivating proposes challenges, such as over-caring, under-caring and proper maintenance. Over-caring can be constantly moving the plants or providing excessive water, while under-caring can be neglecting basic care needs. She emphasizes that maintaining a balanced environment for indoor plants by providing basic care and avoiding unnecessary repotting or excessive fussing allows people to enjoy the beauty of nature within their homes.


During the episode, Moulton advises gardeners not to repot plants unless they outgrow their current pot. She mentions a few signs to be attentive to regarding the right time for repotting, such as roots growing out of drainage holes, yellowing leaves, and quick drying of soil. She also encourages people to report their plants outside in order to minimize root exposure and water the plant immediately after repotting it.


Moulton cautions against the potential dangers of pets interacting with plants, especially certain plants that can be toxic to pets. She also emphasizes the importance of research and seeking advice from knowledgeable sources to identify different varieties of plants and provide them with proper care.


Moulton necessitates testing soil moisture regularly and adjusting watering frequency based on environmental conditions. She also cautions against using tap water with chemicals and suggests alternatives like rainwater or filtered water. Moulton also proposes bottom watering as an effective method as long as it is done correctly.


Moulton tackles how different seasons affect plant care, emphasizing the importance of adjusting watering and fertilizing routines in winter when plant growth becomes slower. She also advises people to limit pruning and repotting in winter in order not to stress the plants out. Moulton also encourages people to fertilize older houseplants that have been in the same container for a while, recommending half a dosage of liquid fertilizer every four to six weeks when plant growth is faster in spring and summer.


According to Moulton, although it is not ideal to change plants’ environment drastically, it may be necessary to protect tropical plants from cold damage in winter. However, she advises people to maintain consistent conditions and avoid placing plants too close to heaters. She also encourages people to use humidifiers to provide proper humidity levels for tropical houseplants.


Before moving on to the audience’s questions, Moulton advises people to regularly observe and care for indoor plants, highlighting their aesthetic value and impact on personal well-being. She also gives recommendations for beginner-friendly plants, such as ZZ plants, pothos, and spider plants, as they are easy to care for and maintain.

In conclusion

Household management fosters a positive and relaxing home environment. It is important to cultivate indoor plants with proper watering and balanced care, as they offer numerous benefits. This episode offers practical tips and solutions for maintaining healthy and thriving indoor plants, fostering a harmonious living space, and bringing nature indoors.


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