Growing Plants Indoors: A Guide For The Winter

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Growing Plants Indoors

Growing plants indoors is a good way to stay connected too all things green in the winter. Here’s an easy guide on how to do it well. 


Is the winter weather giving your green thumb the blues? We’ve got good news. There are a number of plants that you can grow indoors — including salad veggies and herbs for savory winter stews — that will keep your spirits up and your food costs down in the colder months. Here are some ideas to get your indoor garden started:

Think about Herbs

Growing Plants Indoors

Herbs are an essential ingredient in many recipes, but buying them from the grocery store can get expensive  So, why not grow your own and save some money? Here are some herbs that thrive indoors:

  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Thyme

Growing herbs indoors is simple. Just plant them in a small pot and place the pot in a sunny spot near a window. Water as needed and they will sprout up in no time at all.

Invest in Sprouts

Sprouts take a little more time, patience and care than herbs. Some of the sprouts that thrive indoors during the winter include:

  • Broccoli
  • Onion
  • Red cabbage
  • Snow peas

These plants still go in a planter and near the windowsill, but some varieties need more watering, trimming and care as they grow. Take care not to leave them alone for weeks at a time.

Other Veggies to Consider

Growing Plants Indoors

#1 Lettuce

Lettuce is easy to grow and it handles the cold weather well, so you don’t have to worry about it dying halfway through the season. All you need to do is put seeds in a window box or in a planter on the table near the window. Soil and water will have them growing almost immediately. Sprouts will appear within a week, and you’ll have lettuce in a month or so.

#2 Arugula

Arugula is a healthy, leafy vegetable that you can grow indoors. When it’s fully grown, you can use it in many recipes, as well as on sandwiches and in salads. It will need enough water and a window box or planter near the sun. When the leaves are a few inches tall, you will need to cut it down near the root. It will regrow, so you’ll have to tend to it regularly to control its sprouts.

#3 Tomatoes and Peppers

There are various ways to grow tomatoes and peppers in your home — including in a window planter or an upside-down bottle planter. If you use the bottle planter, you can direct the growth of the plants. Instead of going upright, it will focus on creating juicy fruit. Winter sunlight won’t always provide enough heat, so you might consider standing lamps to help your tomatoes along.

#4 Beans

Beans are the easiest plants to grow in the winter. They also will make a good natural complement to the decor in your house. The easiest way to plant them is to secure the plants to a window in a planter or on a canvas frame with twine. At first, you’ll be able to see through the window, but then they will eventually cover it as they grow. You can also use bamboo poles if you want to keep them away from the sill.

More options for growing plants indoors in the winter

These are only a few of the indoor gardening options available in the winter. There are many other plants — including some fruit varieties — that you can grow indoors. You can also involve kids in the gardening if you want to teach them more about it. It just depends on your time, budget and the kind of plants you want to grow during the winter.

What kinds of plants in the above list interest you the most? What plants would you recommend for growing in winter that is not on the list above? Tell us all about it in the comments section of this post.

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Andrea Davis

Andrea Davis is based in Denver, Colorado as an editor for HomeAdvisor. As a deeply engrossed fan of the written word in its many forms, she’s always looking to tell home improvement stories in a new light that both engages and entertains. She's a frequent and very welcome content contributor here on the BuildDirect Blog.