Indoor gardening is beneficial for those who do not have an outdoor gardening space. It is also a good way to have continuous crops and blooms even when the weather is too harsh outside. There are many flowering plants and vegetables that you can grow indoors. Some of the best ones yield longer blooms and healthier crops. There are a few easy-to-grow indoor plants and vegetables that you can start with.
Among the plants to grow indoors, bromeliads are one of the easiest to care for. Bromeliads' blooms can last up to 12 weeks, sometimes, longer. There are different varieties of bromeliads to choose from, with colors ranging from yellow, pink, orange and red. Bromeliads love moist soil; therefore, watering when the soil dries out no more than 1/2 inch from the top will keep them happy. Keep them under bright, indirect light. Re-blooming bromeliads when the blooms dry out is possible; however, most growers also love the beautiful foliage with or without the blooms.
Kalanchoes are succulent, flowering plants that produce abundant, clumped blooms. They come in a wide variety of colors ranging from white, yellow, orange, pink and magenta. Kalanchoes' blooms can last for 8 to 12 weeks from summer through fall. Ensure that the pots are under filtered direct sunlight to keep this plant healthy. Allow the soil to dry 1 to 1 1/2 inches from top of soil before watering. Many people discard their kalanchoes as soon as the blooms dry out because they can be unsightly; however, re-blooming is not impossible to achieve. Pinching and removing the dead blooms, placing the pot in direct sunlight and fertilizing bi-weekly can encourage new blooms to appear.
Brussels sprouts, sometimes referred to as miniature cabbages, are good candidates for indoor vegetable gardening. Sowing seeds in a flat, shallow planter 16 to 20 weeks before the last frost in spring will ensure to yield harvests during the summer. Transplant a single plant into 8-inch deep container to allow for root growth. Brussels sprouts prefer moist soil; therefore, watering at the base regularly will ensure that they stay nourished. Brussels sprouts can complement other vegetables in a planter such as beets, celery, herbs, onions and potatoes. Brussels sprouts can tolerate a temperature ranging from 20 to 80 degrees F.
Growing spinach indoors will ensure that you enjoy fresh salads all year round. Choose a variety that is resistant to diseases such as Indian Summer, Melody, Grand Stand, Hector, Nordic IV, Olympia and Space. Spinach has a deep taproot; therefore, choose a deep container, approximately 10 to 12 inches deep, to allow for room for roots to grow. Placing the container in a room that gets six to eight hours of bright light will encourage healthy growth. Make sure that the area you put the containers stay cool, approximately 65 to 70 degrees F. Keep the soil moist at all times to ensure survival.