Indoor Plants for Fun and Food
Plants are a wonderful addition to any home—they bring the outdoors inside all year round. Many are easy to grow, smell fantastic, and you can even eat some!
Let’s Get Started
Here’s a list of plants that you can grow indoors—and often find in your local grocery, hardware or garden store.
- Aloe – these easy-care plants are pointy and pretty. Place in a sunny window and they hardly need water. It’s a succulent that thrives in moderately dry soil.
- Christmas cactus – this plant is how I got started in indoor gardening. They usually bloom in December, hence the name. Blooms can be white, pink, red, orange, lilac or white. They love the sun and moderately dry soil.
- Dracaena – This plant can grow large enough to need floor space in a large pot. The long leaves can be green with white, cream, or red stripes.
- English Ivy – Perfect for a hanging pot, this plant looks fabulous in a macrame hanger, on a mantel or a bookshelf. Ivy likes medium to bright light with moist soil.
- Snake plant – this tough succulent has leathery, yellow-edged leaves. Great for a first-time indoor gardener, they will bloom if grown in bright light.
Start Planning for Spring:
While fall is just arriving and winter is peeking around the corner, it’s never too early to think about next year’s garden. While you perfect your indoor garden this winter, think about a tea garden for next spring. Here are some excellent choices for starting an herbal tea adventure outside.
Anise-Hyssop – a perennial to zone 4, this pretty herb attracts pollinators and it’s great in herbal teas with its minty licorice flavour.
Catnip – this plant, besides its cat-attracting powers, is a great ingredient in herbal teas.
Chamomile – another herbal tea plant, chamomile reseeds itself every year and is covered in daisy-like flowers.
Lemon Balm – this lemony-fresh herb is a perennial and it smells fantastic. You can use it in salads and with chicken and fish, and it’s great as an herbal tea ingredient.
Lavender – an ingredient in Herbes de Provence, this sweet and gorgeous plant likes the sun.
Peppermint – different than garden mint (spearmint), true peppermint can’t be grown from seed as its seeds are sterile. It makes a fabulous tea and it’s great in cooking and baking.
- Chives – this plant loves humidity, so a little dish of water nearby will make it happy. Keep it in a sunny kitchen to add snips to salads and potatoes.
- Lettuce – you can grow more lettuce from a stem. I find it works best with romaine. Cut off the bottom of your head of romaine lettuce and place in a small bowl of water. Change the water frequently, and you should see new growth within days.
- Mint – another easy-to-grow herb, mint likes a nice spritz on its leaves and indirect light with good drainage. You can dry it for tea, and it’s a key ingredient for a tasty mojito.
- Green Onion – like lettuce, you can grow more green onions from scraps. Keep three inches of the white bulb intact, and plant it about a ½ inch into potting soil. Keep it watered in a sunny spot and in about three weeks, you can harvest right on your kitchen counter.
- Oregano – Greek oregano is the most common, and it loves the sun. Let it spice up your cooking all winter long. It will love a sunny spot and don’t let it dry out.
Did You Know? The University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture and Bioresources is a fantastic online resource for gardening?
Find it all at gardening.usask.ca.