Indoor Herbs & Plants

Container herbs enjoy a monthly dose of water soluble fertilizer and at least six hours of direct sunlight. Most herbs grow well indoors in containers, with the exception of chives, horseradish, horehound, winter savory, fennel and lovage, to name a few. Plants which thrive indoors may not need as much direct sunlight as herbs.

Indoor Herbs

Most herbs will thrive in indoor container gardens if they have proper lighting, drainage, watering and good air circulation. Rosemary and basil are tender herbs that grow well indoors year round. Rosemary, mint, bay and thyme can tolerate indirect sunlight, but, like basil, they prefer six to eight hours of direct sunlight each day. Lemon balm and tarragon will grow well in low light conditions. Temperatures for growing indoor herbs should range between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and between 55 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Many herbs can survive occasional temperatures in the mid-40s, but basil will not survive temperatures below 50 degrees.


Plant philodendrons indoors as they can thrive in artificial or low light conditions. Depending on the species, philodendron foliage may be variegated, dark green or bright green. Philodendron plants will climb if offered support or trail from a hanging planter. Plant philodendrons in a container with good drainage; they prefer to be slightly crowded in the planter.

Peace Lilies

Peace lilies generally do well when planted indoors in low light conditions. Glossy green leaves dominate the plant and may extend up to 1-1/2 feet tall. Beautiful white flowers appear amid the foliage periodically. Peace lilies prefer moist soil in containers with good drainage.


Many varieties of ferns grow well indoors as they can thrive in moderately low light and indirect sunlight. Most ferns prefer moist soil conditions with good drainage. Plant ferns in plant hangers or place them on plant stands so that the foliage can drape over the side of the container.

Lucky Bamboo

Grow stalks of lucky bamboo indoors in containers filled with water rather than potting soil. These decorative stalks often curve in a spiral towards the top and have 3 to 4-inch leaves extending above the curve.

African Violets

African violets are one type of flowering indoor plant that requires a small growing area and that prefers low to medium light conditions. These compact plants have hairy green leaves and small blossoms in shades of blue, lavender, pink and white. Mist African violets often for best results.

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