Best Indoor vegetables: Growing indoor vegetables in pots General Vegetable Garden Care: Laura Miller Printer Friendly Version Image by TanyaJoy Gardening in pots is the latest fashion. But this growing demand for indoor vegetables in pots isn’t just an occasional trend. Concern about food safety, global warming, and the need to decrease the carbon footprint have customers looking for alternatives to buying store-bought food items. Learning how to plant indoor vegetables creates a year-round, safe, and environmentally-friendly food source with the added benefit of lowering grocery costs. To get you started on your journey towards self-sufficiency, we’ve compiled a guide to the ten most nutritious indoor plants to grow at your home.
1 of 2 minutes 49 secondsVolume: 0% 02:48 The Ten best indoor vegetables 1. Microgreens: When you first learn how to grow indoor vegetables, Consider cultivating microgreens. They’re among the easiest vegetables to grow and require only between 2 and 4 weeks to reach harvestable size. Microgreens require between 4 and 6 hours of sunshine each day. They can also be grown under artificial lighting. 2. Sprouts are ready in around two weeks; they are among the fastest indoor vegetables you can cultivate. Buy seeds specifically designed for sprouts since many plants contain fungicides. Ensure to adhere to cultivating guidelines to prevent contamination by disease-causing pathogens. 3. Salad greens ranging from leaf lettuce to arugula are among the most simple indoor plants to cultivate. Ensure these plants receive at least 6 hours of sunshine daily.
You’ll harvest leaves within 4 to 8 weeks. 4. Swiss Chard is adaptable to life within containers; the Swiss Chard can grow to maturity at 2 feet (61 centimeters.) and needs more extended periods of sunlight than microgreens or lettuce. Choose a variety with vibrantly colored stalks. Let this beautiful plant serve double duty as an accent piece. Explore More 5. Radishes Another quick and straightforward indoor vegetable to grow, radishes mature within around 3 to five weeks. Ensure your container is at least six inches (15 cm.) deep. Also, avoid fertilizing too much to ensure proper root growth. 6. Carrots – This quickly-grown root plant requires approximately 6 hours of sun daily and a little patience. Based on the variety, you can anticipate waiting between 65-80 days for the possibility of harvesting roots.
Plant the carrots in a large container or pick the ‘Parisian’ variety shaped like a ball. 7. Mushrooms – Great for dimly lit spaces in the home. The homegrown varieties are typically better tasting and come in more than those sold in stores. Create your set-up or purchase a growing kit at a garden store. 8. Cucumbers – To increase the chances of success when growing the indoor vegetable in pots, pick the cucumber variety ‘Socrates or ‘Tyria. These hybrids were designed to be used in high tunnel and greenhouse cultivation. They don’t require pollinators and can produce under less lighting conditions.
9. Peppers – As one the most challenging indoor plants you can cultivate, peppers require specific light and darkness and must be pollinated by hand to bear fruit. When space indoors is limited, pick dwarf, chile, or the varieties that can be grown in patios. 10. Tomatoes – Growing these indoor vegetables in pots is challenging as tomato plants require eight to ten hours of direct sun daily and hand pollination. Different varieties such as ‘Micro-Tom and ‘Orange are prolific producers of fruits on tiny 6 to 9 inches (15 to 23cm.) tall plants compact enough to fit on the window sill.