The Best Plants to Grow Indoors
Okay, you’re ready to transform your home into a farmer’s market meant just for you and your dinner table. Got it. Now you’re doing your homework and figuring out what plants would be best to grow. Well, as luck would have it that’s exactly what this blog post is all about! We’re going to look at herbs, fruits and veggies for well-rounded perspective. Enjoy!
Ideal Herbies for Indoor Gardening!
Herbs make your home smell wonderful, typically much more so than the basic plant-smell that most fruits and veggies provide. When you get an assortment, like the one below, the aroma is literally Intoxifying. Just don’t get to happy with the pruning!
- Basil: A few precisely nipped leaves of basil compliment just about any dish you can imagine, from homemade coconut ice cream to Fettuccini Alfredo. Make sure your plant is facing south and gets as much sun as possible. Oh, and it loves warmth too.
- Bay: Unlike many other types of herb plants, bay is a perennial so it will continue to provide both nutrition and aesthetics all year long. Just ensure it isn’t being crowded by other plants and gets plenty of fresh air circulation.
- Oregano: Another easy to grow indoor herb that goes with countless recipes. And, your plant will smell terrific. Like basic, it should face south and plenty of TLC. Be careful of nutrient burn though and if leaves begin to droop take a second look at your watering routine.
- Sage: Nothing smells like sage…nothing. It’s a fabulously furry perennial friend that enjoys average room humidity but is easily overwatered. Remember, sage is more drought-tolerant than other herbs, so put special attention on using a fast-draining organic potting mix (something a cactus-variety would enjoy).
Some Fruits for Indoor Fancy
These days it’s not all that common to walk into someone’s home and see a fruit plant growing in the corner of the living, or in a decent-sized pot taking up space in the kitchen. But, if you’ve got the room then why not? Here’s four that aren’t too hard to get up and producing inside.
- Mini-Peaches & Nectarines: No silly, not the big fat juicy ones you see in the supermarket. These are the dwarf varieties that will stand roughly 30 inches tall. Look for the bonanza peach and nectarella. The room needs to be well-lit and you should keep temperatures between 50-55°F for optimal growth. Once you see fruit, you’re going to have to turn up the temperature at least 10-15 more degree.
- Figs: This desert bounty is incredibly nutritious. The Negro Largo variety is particularly well-suited as an indoor plant and through manipulating the temperature of your grow-space you can limit growth. Well, that and pruning of course which you’ll need to do because this plant can grow vigorously. No need for direct sunlight and it only needs to be fed maybe 2 to 3 times a season.
- Grapes: Oh yeah! One of the yummiest forms of natural sugar. Or, you could begin making your own homemade wine perhaps. Plus, grape vines are beautiful and you can drape them or arrange them in countless ways. They’re relatively easy to grow, but you must give them plenty of well-ventilated fresh air.
- Strawberries: If you go with the Alpine variety you can grow them on your windowsill throughout the summer to mid-autumn season with ease. They just need lots of light and if you force them to produce early the strawberries will be especially sweet.
Easy Veggies for an Indoor Adventure
We all need to eat tons of these suckers but the supermarket price for organics just keeps going up, and up and up…For those folks without access to co-ops, local growers or farmer’s markets and who live in colder climates nothing could be better than indoor-grown veggies. Here’s the best options to get you started.
- Tomatoes & Red Peppers: Shiny red veggies in the windowsill…love it! They’re easy to grow whether you begin with a starter or germinate the seeds yourself and start from scratch. Plan to have something in place to train your more plump varieties. But, you can keep them petite. It’s up to you. You can use a small piece of wood, perhaps a little wire or even something as simple as string.
- Carrots & Potatoes: Because they grow down in the dirt there’s far less for you to do. It doesn’t get much easier than that folks. All they’re going to need is a bit more soil-depth than other plants. Use either a box or a special pot and then as long as the soil is rich prepare for some crunchy all-natural veggies.
- Mushrooms: These are awesome and come in so many different varieties. You’re going to need a special kind of compost though, some of which come with mushroom spawn already in them. After that it’s just about the occasional watering and providing them with plenty of draft-free darkness (cupboards, the basement or attic, etc.).
- Garlic: Don’t worry, your home won’t begin reeking like garlic, and the leaves are a full bright green. Year-round antioxidants and remember that the bigger your pot the bigger the bulbs can be.