Growing Houseplant from Seeds
Most homeowners grow houseplants. It might be a Poinsettia plant leftover
from Christmas, a Terrarium, floor plants, hanging plants, or any number
of varieties of plants that thrive (or simply survive) indoors during winter
Most often, houseplants come from the store or are received as a gift.
The plant is already growing. You just take care of this living plant. Your
challenge, is to keep it alive and growing...indoors.
Did you ever think about taking the next step?..... growing something from
seed as indoor houseplants. It's a bit more of a challenge, yet a lot of
fun. It immensely opens up the types of plants you can grow
You will find below, some of our suggestions of the types of houseplants
to grow indoors from seeds, and information on how to grow them.
By definition, a houseplant seed is any seed that you use to grow a plant
Types of Seed for Indoor Houseplants
Technically, almost any seed can be used to grow a plant as an indoor houseplant.
Experiment if you'd like. After all, a lot of the fun of gardening, is in
experimenting, and the challenge of growing something unique, or in a unique
From a practical sense, the selection of seeds narrows to plants that are
smaller, require less light, and those that do well in an indoor environment.
Here are some of our suggestions:
Herbs: as a rule of thumb, herbs are great plants to grow indoors.
Select plants that grow short, from a few inches to a foot. As
they grow, you can use them in the kitchen! Growing them indoors from seed
is the way to go. Our top suggestions are:
Basil: This plant does well indoors.
A sunny window is best. It will be lots of fun to make pesto and your favorite
recipes, using basil fresh from your indoor houseplant.
Cat Grass and Catnip -You'll love
it, and so will your cats. Caution: Keep the plant out of reach of your cats.
Chives: One of the easiest plants
to grow indoors or out. These cold hardy perennials don't mind a cool, drafty
windowsill. They will benefit from bright sunlight.
Cress: It grows just 4 to 6 inches tall. It is a great addition to
your winter salad greens.
Lavender: The plant needs full
to partial sun. It's scent is a real pleasure when blooming indoors.
Parsley: Cook and garnish
with fresh parsley all winter long. Then, plant this biennial into
the herb garden in early spring.
Tarragon: This plant may grow
a little tall (up to 18") for limited spaces. But, if you have the room,
you will enjoy growing Tarragon as a houseplant.
Flowers: Shade loving plants and
rock garden plants are great
candidates to grow as indoor house plants. Shade lovers are often grown for
their foliage, but are readily adaptable inside your home. Among the many
ideas, we recommend:
Alyssum: These low growing plants
will look pretty in just about any plant container.
Cactus - Take up the challenge
and grow them from seeds!
Coleus: Colorful foliage. These are really
popular indoor plants. Try them in a hanging basket.
Vegetables: While you "could" grow vegetables indoors, few are ideal
candidates. Most need full sunlight, and take up a lot of space. Imagine
growing a pumpkin plant with indoor grow light. The plant takes off, with
vines growing 15'-20' across your living room. Given plenty of sunlight,
we suggest these candidates:
Lettuce and other greens, like
Swiss chard, are all possibilities.
Your task, is to get them enough light to grow properly. We suggest grow
Radishes: Like other garden
vegetables, it needs full sunlight. But, it's small size and quick growing
habit, makes it a potential indoor vegetable plant.
Green Onions: Scallions
and green onions take up little space. These hardy plants can be placed near
a cool, drafty window.
Bulbs and Corms: They are not seeds. But, forcing flowering bulbs
to bloom indoors is a favorite indoor winter hobby of many gardeners. Top
candidates include Amaryllis, Tulips, and daffodils. See
to Force Bulbs
How to Grow Houseplants from Seed:
Seed Starting - For indoor houseplants, start seeds in the pot or container
that they will live in all winter. We recommend a heated germination
mat, to help promote successful sees germination.
on Seed Germination and indoor plant care.
Keep soil moist, not wet.
Your indoor plants will need fertilizer. Apply regular applications of
liquid fertilizer. Or, use houseplant fertilizer spikes.
Sunlight. Chances are, your indoor environment will not provide enough sunlight
for your plants. Don't wait for the plants to appear pale, thin, and lanky.
Use indoor grow lights regularly.
Shade Gardening -
Shade plants often make good indoor plants
- Includes a list of flowers