Plants and Herbs That Grow Well Indoors

Plants that grow well indoors are compact and manageable. They are generally perennials, which do well at room temperature all year without the extended periods of freezing cold or hot weather some plants require. They tolerate the dry air typical of winters indoors and thrive in the low or moderate light, which shines through windows. Fortunately many herbs and other plants do well in indoor conditions.


Cacti make excellent houseplants so long as they are in south- or west-facing windows with plenty of afternoon sunlight. They do well at room temperature, even in cool homes. They require little water and fertilizer and do not suffer negative affects from dry winter weather, as long as they are kept above freezing temperatures.


The chive (Allium schoenoprasum) is a sun-loving, strongly flavored member of the onion family. Place the plant in well-drained soil in a windowsill, and keep the plant moist but not wet. Clump off one whole leaf at a time to use. Chives may be used in soups, salads, and a variety of other foods.

Blue Boy Rosemary

The Blue Boy strain of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is preferable for indoor growth since it only reaches 2 feet in height, according to Richters. Buy a starter from a nursery or obtain a cutting from someone who grows the plant and place it in moist, well-drained soil. If the rosemary has been growing outdoors, you will need to adjust it slowly to indoor light to avoid damaging or killing it. Richters recommends that you, "place it in partial shade for two to three weeks, then in deeper shade for another two to three weeks before bringing it indoors. When plenty of new growth appears, the plant is ready to go into the house." After that, care for it just like any other herb, giving it a sunny windowsill and moist soil. Rosemary is a delicious, savory spice at home in many meat dishes and soups.

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