I am a gardener by nature. As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved to dig in the dirt and tend to plants. Now that I live in North Carolina, much of my gardening is done outdoors. But since I was born in Maine (and gardening outdoors there has a limited season,)
I started with growing indoor plants. And each winter, even here in the Southern part of the U.S. many of my plants come indoors to be cared for during the winter months in warmer conditions.
This guide to indoor plants will help you choose the type of plants that will do well indoors, and will give you tips on growing and caring for plants indoors. There are also lots of articles about plant propagation (ie. getting plants for FREE!) and ideas for containers for indoor plants.
The guide grows month by month here on my blog, so be sure to check back in a few months to see more articles about growing plants indoors.
Indoor plants bring a sense of the outside and can really change the look of a room. The plants don’t just look lovely in a room, they actually relieve stress, and some can even remove pollutants from a room.
Growing plants indoors is not a relatively new trend. They have been grown in homes from Victorian times when Aspidistra plants were so commonly seen, because they required so little care.
A Guide to Growing Indoor Plants.
I’ve broken down this guide into some commonly asked questions about growing and caring for indoor plants. Scroll down to see articles that will help you care for your plants. You will never again say that you don’t have a green thumb!
Types of Indoor Plants
There are all types of indoor plants that can be grown in your home. Some need lots of light and others can thrive in very low light.
Houseplants can be grown for their leaves, and others will flower well indoors in the right conditions. Use these articles to get started.
- 6 Easy Houseplants to Grow – Great starting plants for beginners.
- African Violets – This popular house plant flowers year long!
- Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium Podifillum) – Also known as a goose foot plant
- Begonias – These fabulous indoor plants have showy flowers and gorgeous leaves.
- Boston Fern – This lush green houseplant looks great in a hanging basket or on a pedestal planter.
- Bonsai Tree Care – Learn all about a Bonsai garden and how to care for bonsai trees.
- Braided Money Tree Plant (Pachira aquatica) – Indoor plant that brings luck and prosperity to the home.
- Calla Lilies – The plant that florists love for weddings.
- Cryptanthus Bivittatus – Earth Star Bromeliad has beautiful foliage and is very easy to grow.
- Cyclamen and Christmas Cactus – My 2 favorite indoor seasonal plants.
- Dracaena Fragrans – A variegated corn plant that grows indoors.
- Dracaena Sanderiana – The water lily plant is also known as lucky bamboo.
- Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia) – Be careful with this one. It’s poisonous!
- Flamingo Flower Anthurium – Low Light Indoor plant that flowers easily.
- Fittonia Albivenis – How to Grow Pink Angel Nerve Plant
- Florist cyclamen – This lovely plant flowers during the dead of winter.
- Garlic Greens – Turn sprouted garlic cloves into an indoor plant.
- Gold Dust Dracaena – The houseplant with sparkling foliage.
- Growing Herbs Indoors – Don’t let the cold temperatures keep you from having herbs on hand.
- Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis) – The best orchid for beginners to grow.
- Purple Passion Plant – Gynura Aurantiaca has the most beautiful purple leaves with a velvet like look.
- Sago Palm – Easy to grow palm tree plant for beginners.
- Strawberry Begonia – This pretty indoor plant also makes a great ground cover.
- Thanksgiving cactus – a cousin to the Christmas cactus, flowers in the fall around Thanksgiving time.
- Oxalis plant care tips – Also known as false shamrock and wood sorrel.
- Umbrella Plant (Schefflera Arboricola ‘Capela’ – Easy to grow medium sized indoor plant.
- Urn Bromeliad (Aechmea Fasciata) – How to grow this tropical beauty that flowers for 9 months at a time.
- Zebra Plant ( Alphelandra) – A green and white striped beauty.
Succulent Plants that make good indoor plants
Succulents are some of the easiest plants to grow indoors. They are drought tolerant and, even if you have a brown thumb, you can usually grow them. These articles will give you some help.
- Air Plants – The house plant that lives on a bit of neglect.
- Aloe Vera – The plant with medicinal qualities.
- Bear’s Paw Succulent – Also known as Cotyledon tomentosa. This tender succulent is fun to grow.
- Crassula falcata – the oddly shaped leaves give it the common name propeller plant.
- Crassula Ovata ‘Hobbit’ – This plant has leaves that appeal to lovers of J.R.R. Tolkien.
- Echeveria – These succulents are not frost tolerant, so they make ideal indoor plants.
- Echeveria Neon Breakers – Gorgeous succulent with curly purple leaf margins and an amazing flower.
- Kalanchoe Millioti – Soft fuzzy succulent that makes a great ornamental house plant.
- Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana – Waxy green leaves and flowers that can last up to 6 months long!
- Lithops – This drought tolerant succulent has the common name “living stones!”
- How to Care For Succulents – Guide to growing succulents both indoors and outside.
- Tips for Buying Succulents – If you love succulents as much as I do, you will want to check out my guide for buying succulents. It tells what to look for, what to avoid and where to find succulent plants for sale.
What comes after choosing indoor plants?
Choosing the right plant is only the first step towards caring for your indoor plants. Once you have decided on WHAT you want to grow indoors, you will need to know how to care for it. Gardening is a hobby that grows over time.
You will progress from mundane tasks like pruning, watering, and fertilizing plants to many other topics. In time, you will want to know how to start plants from seed, how to take cuttings and other propagating tips.
Tips for Growing Indoor Plants.
Growing indoor plants is pretty easy but there are some things that will help to make sure your houseplant collection thrives. Check out these ideas for some helpful tips.
- 10 Best Herbs to Grow Indoors – Keep using fresh flavor even after the frost hits.
- Caring for Your Indoor Plants during the Fall and Winter. How to make sure they are still alive in the spring!
- Dieffenbachia Poisoning – How Toxic is this popular indoor plant?
- Forcing Amaryllis Bulbs Indoors. So THIS is what you do with the bulbs you find at Christmas time!
- Try Forcing Forsythia Indoors to bring the cheery yellow color inside when there is still snow on the ground.
- Getting a Christmas Cactus to Flower. Lower light and cooler temperatures help this indoor plant to re-flower.
- Getting a Cyclamen to Re-bloom. This plant needs a long rest to flower again!
- Growing Onions Indoors – This popular outdoor garden plant can also be grown indoors.
- Growing Wheatgrass – This grass like herb grows very quickly from seeds. It is both decorative and also useful in cooking.
- How to force paperwhites indoors – Bring spring into your home early.
- My Top 20 Favorite Low Light Indoor Plants. Don’t let low light stop you from growing plants indoors.
- Potato Starch – A great source of nourishment for plants.
- Pruning Rosemary – Use the cuttings to grow new indoor herbs for your kitchen.
- Tips for Growing Microgreens indoors – How to add a spicy, nutritious kick to salads and smoothies.
Recommended products for Growing Indoor Plants and Displaying them
Propagating Indoor Plants.
One of the great things about indoor plants is that they are so easy to propagate to make more plants for yourself or for friends. Check out these articles for some help.
- 10 Frugal Seed Starting Containers. Orange peels, toilet paper tubes and other household items make great indoor plant seed starting containers.
- 20 Seed Starting Tips. Growing indoor plants from seeds is quite easy with these tips.
- How to Propagate Spider Plants from Babies. The easy way to get more plants in no time at all.
- Indoor Plant Propagation Tips – Get new plants for free!
- Purple Passion Plant stem cuttings are very easy to grow. Find out how to do it in this article.
- Succulents are very easy to grow from stem cuttings and also from leaves. Find out how to do this here.
Display of Indoor Plants
Displaying your indoor plants is, perhaps, one of the most pleasurable aspects of growing indoor plants. After all, an indoor plant is not just a growing thing, but it can also be highly decorative.
Containers for Display of Indoor Plants.
Indoor plants can be grown in all types of containers. Some of these ideas might surprise you. When I am shopping now, I am always on the lookout for unusual household items to use for my indoor plants.
- Air plant holders – How to Display tillandsia
- Coffee Pot Terrarium – Recycle to turn trash to treasure.
- Easy DIY Plant Projects. Display indoor plants with these fun projects.
- Galvanized Planters – Give your plants a Rustic look with galvanized planters.
- Shoe Planters – Recycle your old footwear into planters.
Indoor Plant Products.
- Thirsty Light Ladybug. This little guy lights up when it is time to water your plants.
- PlantSnap Mobile App This phone app lets you identify indoor plants in a just a few clicks on your phone.
For more tips on growing and caring for plants, be sure to visit my Pinterest Garden Ideas board.
Are you more interested in growing outdoor plants? Check out these articles:
- 15 Best Flowering Houseplants
- 20 plants for a shade garden
- 14 Best Hardy Perennials.
- Vegetable Gardening Guide
- Guide to Growing Perennials
- A guide to growing herbs
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