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What Small Plants Can Be Grown Indoors?

Aug 15

Peace Lilies

Most people think of small plants as being flowers or grasses, but that’s too narrow an idea. Many vegetables can be grown small, including carrots, parsnips, potatoes, peas, and beans.

By growing them smaller, you can fill larger pots/containers with more plants to fit them all in your garden or indoors. You also can grow bigger batches of various vegetables throughout the year.

Some examples are lettuce and spinach for salads, along with cucumbers and peppers. Growing any vegetable powder is fun and easy, especially when it comes pre-mixed in powders containers.

Most herbs can be grown similarly to how they are harvested as leaves, and many require nothing more than moisture and sunlight to thrive. Flowers such as petunias need to be shielded from direct sun and fresh water to really take off.



Chinese Evergreen

The most common type of plant people talk about when they mention small plants is called a “small” plant. While any plant that you care to name can be considered small, these names refer to specific varieties of shrubs or trees that stem from native cultures in Asia, Europe, and/or Africa.

Some are familiar flowers such as daisies, garden roses, tulips, and lilies. Others were cultivated for more practical reasons, including teas, flavoring ingredients, medicines, and nutritional foods.

When planted in soils with good drainage, these species will continue to grow into smaller shrubs and trees. When planted in dry conditions without adequate drainage, their growth may slow or stop until they are given additional moisture.

Among the smallest possible plants known to man are members of the genus ‘Negundo’, which bear miniature versions of classic umbrellas found throughout Western culture. These tiny plants only reach 10 inches (25.4 cm) tall, but they provide unique ornamentation during summer months.


Air Plants

These are easy to grow and great for bright rooms, but they also can be placed outside in the summer sun if you want them to take root.

They’re not very active so they don’t need much attention, just water them once a week. You could also use houseplant as a substitute for air plant, though please note that coleus doesn’t like dry conditions.

Air plants function similarly to cacti in that they manage to absorb moisture from the ground through their roots and then capture it using their leaves. The difference is that an air plant has thicker, fleshy roots and smaller, almost invisible leaves.

You can purchase air plants at most home supply stores or online. For best results, buy ones with large, thick leaves.


Zombie Plants

A zombie plant is one that looks dead but still awaits resurrection. You can tell it’s waiting for spring to come so it can resurrect as a plant, flower, or seedling.

Zombie plants include ornamental varieties such as catmums (also called camassias), hyacinth, allium, tuberous roots, calendulas, and begonias. Plant these flowers after you’ve forgotten them because there’s more chance of seeds surviving if they were grown in conditions with less water.


But what if you want to use these dried out plants this year? And what if you only have enough space to grow vegetables in your small garden? Here's a nursery you can contact for more information:


Hicks Nurseries, Inc.
100 Jericho Turnpike
Westbury, NY 11590