Which Plants Can Be Grown Indoors During Winter?Colin Campbell-Preston
We all know how disheartening it can be during the winter months to restrict the horticultural pursuits to just a few hours a week, when the weather permits and you can force yourself out into the cold climes. Our green fingers become itchy fingers as we long for the feel of a trowel or hoe in hand, and we gaze outside at the snow covering our favourite gardening playground.
The farming and gardening games on social media don’t really ever fill the void or satisfy the need to garden, to create and to grow, and we start to tick off days until the spring on the kitchen calendar, when we can stay gardening in earnest once again.
But thankfully, when things seem to be at their absolute gloomiest and most hopeless, and we’re pondering an indoors hobby, stamp collecting and the like, a solution makes itself known. Putting together an indoors pot garden is a wonderful alternative for green-fingered enthusiasts looking for a winter fix.
However, winter gardening is very much a different beast, with different plants lending themselves better to growing indoors rather than out in nature and many of our back-garden favourites struggling when cooped up inside. So, if your only indoor gardening experience is popping the Valentine’s Day bouquet in a vase and up on the mantelpiece, you may need a few pointers to get your indoors garden started.
With this in mind, we’ve come to the rescue with this guide, this is the introduction to some of our favourite plants which can be grown indoors during winter.
An easy introduction to the indoors planting guide, African violets flower quickly and with minimal assistance. These adaptable plants flower all year round, so winter poses no problem, and they’ll continue to look their best well into spring and beyond. There’s hundreds of different varieties of the African violet, so you’ve got freedom to pick the colour and appearance which bests suits your tastes and your home.
African violets are best suited to receiving medium to bright light, in a temperature of 18-24°C. Keep the soil evenly moist, and your flowing plant should grow to 8 inches in height and 16 inches in width.
Complete with eye-catching, slightly terrifying name, the crown-of-thorns is ideal for homes which don’t necessarily receive a great deal of light. If you live in a small apartment or an unconventional dwelling which receives minimal natural light, the crown-of-thorns could be for you. Related to the poinsettia, the crown-of-thorns defies its dark habitat and blooms with wonderfully bright and beautiful flowers.
The crown-of-thorns thrives in a temperature of 18-24°C in a moderately dry soil.
As the name suggests, this plant thrives during the colder months. The Christmas cactus enjoys cool temperatures and short days, and just needs to be kept away from the threat of frost. The exotically-shaped flowers in vibrant red make a truly festive addition to the home, and are wonderfully easy to maintain – only growing to a relatively short height of 12 inches.
Keep your home (or at least the Christmas cactus’ room) at a temperature between 21 and 27°C, and in moderately dry soil, and you’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful festive bloom.
A really interesting plant species, the flowering maple can grow tall with bright vibrant leaves punctuated by small blooming flowers which look more like paper lanterns than anything. The flowers arrive in charming red, pink, orange and yellow colours with splodges and streaks of white adding dimension and intrigue.
Keep the flowering maple plant in a temperature of 18-24°C in a position where it will receive medium to bright light for the best results. Ensure your flowering maple is kept in evenly moist soil and it could grow up to five feet tall.
Some types of jasmine are harder than others to grow, with the many-flowered jasmine and Arabian jasmine at the easier end of the scale. These simple-to-grow jasmine plants still boast the beautifully delicate flowers which we love of the species. Alongside the delicate white and pink blooms of the plant, it will also produce the wonderful smell that jasmine is beloved for.
A room temperature of 16-24°C and a spot which receives low to bright light are the best conditions for a jasmine plant to prosper indoors. Again, evenly moist soil is a must, and the plant could grow to four feet tall.
It’s always preferable to grow mint in a controlled area, due to the plant’s tendency to dominate the patch in which its planted. The aggressive little plant is known to take all the nutrients out of the soil all around its roots, depriving neighbouring plants of the goodness needed to survive. So naturally, mint lends itself well to growing indoors, and can offer its trademark scent through the home. Plus, having a few sprigs of mint to hand is always helpful if you’re rustling up a lamb dish or a round of mojitos.
Mint thrives in bright rooms which receive plenty of sunlight, and temperatures of at least 15°C. Make sure your mint plant is watered and moist to give it the best chance of blooming.
Growing an avocado tree takes more than just one winter, but when it starts to take shape, the endeavour is truly worth the time and effort invested. It takes years and years for the avocado tree to bear the superfood fruit, but it still makes a beautiful addition to the home. Plus, it’s possible to grow a tree from a discarded avocado pit, making it a great rainy day game to share with the kids.
One Green Planet have provided this in-depth guide detailing how to grow a full avocado tree from one small pit.
At the three Capital Gardens stores, we stock everything you need to fill your home with beautiful plants this winter. Head over to our three store locations to find your indoor garden essentials.