Indoor Plants

Vertical Onion Garden – Fun Kid’s Gardening Project

Growing onions vertically

This Vertical Onion Garden is a fun project that the kids will just love.  They will enjoy helping you put it together and watching as the onions start to sprout and grow out the sides of the bottle that you have set up for a container.   Growing food from scraps and pieces is a…

Growing Garlic Greens Indoors

Garlic bulbs that have sprouted

I use garlic all the time and normally buy organic garlic when I shop. I find that the cloves are generally larger and don’t shrivel as much if I don’t use them right away.  The other day I grabbed my onion basket to get some garlic and found a clove that had sprouted. My first…

Growing Onion Bottoms in Pots

Growing Onion Bottoms

Onions are such a versatile vegetable. I use them almost every day in recipes.  I always seem to have onions growing in various places in my house and garden. Growing onions indoors can be done quite a few different ways.  Growing onion bottoms is a great way to use parts of the onion that would…

Lithops Care – How to Grow Living Stones

Red Lithops Plant

The term living stones seems to be a paradox?  How can a stone be alive, you might ask?  Lithops, a variety of succulent from South Africa, has the common name living stone.  This interesting succulent has a shape that resembles a cloven hoof, and it looks right at home in any rocky or sandy garden…

Using Candles in Your Home – It’s Time for Some Decorating Ideas

It's bath time. Prepare to relax with a good book, a glass of wine and an aromatic candle.

  This post is sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Candle, but all opinions are 100% my own. Let’s get some tips for using candles in the home. There is just something really warm and inviting about a room with the look of a flickering candle in it.  Using candles in the home creates an intimacy that sets a mood…

Braided Money Tree Plant – A Symbol of Luck and Prosperity

Braided Money TreePlant

Looking for a little luck and prosperity in your home? Try growing a Braided Money Tree Plant.  This fabulous indoor plant has a braided trunk, glossy leaves and is easy care. This technique of braiding the trunk is thought to symbolize looking for money and luck! The braided money tree plant has been around for…

Coffee Pot Terrarium

Coffee Pot Terrarium

Any one for a cup of coffee ~ terrarium style?  I am always looking for household items to recycle into charming plant containers.  Since the weather is cold outside, I am concentrating on indoor plants for the moment.  This cute coffee pot terrarium is the perfect bit of household plant decor to have nearby when…

Regrow Spring Onions in Water – Fun Gardening Hack

Spring onions are one of the easiest cut and come again vegetables. In a week, you will have more growth to use in cooking.

I use spring onions all the time when I cook.  They have a very mild flavor that is perfect as a garnish and also makes a lovely sauce for most proteins.  So I like to have them on hand. Growing onions is a pretty easy from a gardening standpoint, but did you know that you…

African Violets – Tips for the Care of this Popular Indoor Plant

If you go to the big box hardware stores around the holidays and during the winter months, you will most likely find African Violets for sale in a lovely variety of flower colors. Even though African Violets can be somewhat picky about care, they are still one of the most popular indoor plants grown.   Saintpaulia, commonly known as…

Growing Onions indoors

Growing Onions Indoors is easy

Onions are easy to grow both outdoors and inside.  They are one of those vegetables that I never seem to have enough of because I use them every day for cooking. This article shows you how to use onions as indoor plants. Growing onions indoors is a fun project and one that the kids will love…

Caring for Your Indoor Plants During the Fall & Winter

Tips and Tricks for caring for indoor plants during the fall and winter

Most indoor plants will benefit from being placed outside in a shady spot in your garden during the summer months.  Even delicate plants like ferns will have a growth spurt as long as the spot you choose is shady and they get enough water.  I move most of my indoor plants outside when it is…

Low Light Indoor Plants – My 20 Favorites

These 20 low light indoor plants can grow in less than optimal light conditions. Some require bright diffused light and other can do well even in dark corners.

With the cold weather out in full force, thoughts of gardening are often far from the front burner.  Those are the times that I turn to indoor plants.  Growing plants indoors gives you a sense of nature all year round and keeps you busy with some light gardening chores until it is warm enough to…

Biltmore Estate Gardens Tour

My husband and I recently spent several days in the mountains of North Carolina with our daughter.  The highlight of the trip was a tour of Biltmore Estate. We enjoyed the tour of the estate, for sure, but what really impressed me was the perennial gardens and conservatory.  I thought my readers would enjoy reading a…

Coleus Plants – One of my Favorite Annuals for Color

How to grow coleus.

You Can’t Beat Coleus Plants for Summer Color I am always looking for plants to give my garden a burst of color which will last throughout the season.  I plant the normal flowering annuals such as pansies, petunias, zinnias and others.  But there is one variety which gives huge color impact, and is one of…

Plant Propagation Tips – New Plants for Free

Plant propagation tips - thegardeningcook.com/

If you garden, you will know that the cost of buying new plants can get very expensive over time. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a wonderful garden.  Just follow some of these plant propagation tips and you will have both perennial garden plants, as well as indoor plants for…

Cyclamens and Christmas Cactus – 2 Favorite Seasonal Plants

Cyclamens and Christmas Cactus

These Seasonal Plants will Dress up any Room in a Festive Way During the festive season, there are many different seasonal plants on offer at most garden centers.  They add a lovely touch to your seasonal decorating theme and can be carried over as houseplants from year to year.  Two seasonal plants that I love are…

Tips for Growing Air Plants – Tillandsia

Air Plants – the house plant that lives on a bit of neglect. Tillandsia is also known as an air plant. Air plants are a member of the epiphyte family. This plant needs no soil to grow and gets its nourishment from the air.  Air plants have specialized leaves that draw in nutrients. An air…

6 Easy Houseplants to Grow

6 easy to Grow Houseplants

Easy to Grow Houseplants Even if you don’t have a Green Thumb. I used to mainly grow indoor plants.  Most of my time, now, is spent with my perennials and vegetable garden, but I still have a love for houseplants that can be grown indoors. They bring nature into your home and can be used…

My New Gardening Toy – Thirsty Light Ladybug

My new thirsty ladybug light tells me when to water!

Thirsty Light Ladybug Tells me when to water I have never been a fan of gadgets that tell you when to water your indoor plants.  I just use my finger to the first knuckle and it the soil is dry, I water.  Works well for most plants. But then I joined The National Home Gardening…

Strawberry Begonia – Great as a house plant or a ground cover

How to grow Strawberry begonia plants

I’ve always considered strawberry begonia plants as an indoor plant, since that is the way that I have generally grown them.  But I had a surprise this year when I discovered that the plant is a hardy perennial for me here in North Carolina. Growing Requirements for Strawberry Begonia Plants I purchased several small strawberry…

Flamingo Flower – Anthurium – Tropical Delight

How to Grow Anthuriums

Flamingo Flower Plants are Great Indoor Selections I just added a new plant to my indoor plants collection.  It is a plant from the anthurium family called Flamingo Flower. My greatest love is outdoor gardening. I work at home and I am very busy with my various businesses, so I tend to forget my indoor…

How to Propogate Spider Plants from Babies

New plants for Free! Spider plants are so easy grow new plants from their baby offsets. Find out how to do it at http://thegardeningcook.com/

Spider Plants – botanical name Chlorophytum – is one of the easiest of plants to propagate.  I first became familiar with this popular plant in Australia when I lived there.  They were plentiful and I loved the little offshoots that the plant put out when it was mature. In most areas of the country here…

Amaryllis Bulbs Forcing – Easy Gardening Project

Forcing Amaryllis Bulbs indoors is an easy and fun gardening project that the kids will love. They grow so quickly and are huge. Find out how to do it at http://thegardeningcook.com/amaryllis-bulbs/

Amaryllis Bulbs are easy to grow indoors Amaryllis Bulbs are one of the easiest bulbs to force indoors.  I ended up with one from a Yankee swap party last Christmas and planted it early in February to add to my collection of indoor plants.  It was not long before the bulb was in full bloom.…

Moth Orchids – Phalaenopsis – Great Choice for Beginners

Variegated Moth orchid - Phalaenopsis

I have often thought that orchids are only plants that you should choose if you have green house conditions.  But on a recent trip to several home improvement stores, I have seen scores of beautiful moth orchids that are sitting in normal low light conditions for what seems like weeks on end without losing their…

How To Grow Tropical Bromeliad – Aechmea Fasciata

Incredible flower of the Tropical Bromeliad - Aechmea Fasciata

I have loved plants all of my life.   For a large portion of it, that meant indoor plants.  Now that I have a largish property, it means lots and lots of garden beds with perennials. I don’t have much time to tend indoor plants, but I still like to have a few of them around. …