It’s that dreary time of the year in the northwest. I’ve been thinking about which edible plants would be happy indoors. I know indoor plants are all the rage now but they all seem to be poisonous ornamentals. I prefer edibles 😁
A few years ago I purchased a small banana pup that was very happy indoors. I kept it indoors until it got so large I was forced to move it out. So that got me thinking what else might work.
I purchased an arabica coffee last year and it’s pretty tough. Over water, under water and deep shade doesn’t seem to bother it. My fig I started in the grow tent that I moved upstairs once it got too large seems to be hanging in there. It doesn’t look happy but it’s slowly growing. It’ll go outside once it is safe. This has gotten me thinking about what other plants might work indoors. My current guesses are:
Pineapple: drought tolerant and supposedly shade tolerant.
I’m sure there’s others. Ideally it would be a drought and shade tolerant tropical. That evergreen foliage is nice in the winter.
If you want house plants, might as well have ones that produce an edible product.
Peppers, Tiny Tim tomato, chives, rosemary, Marjoram, Basil, winter savory, are the successful plants I have so far.
Try for plants rated for above USDA zone 9 and stay at a small size.
Great topic Chris! For that you are awarded an apple! =) Enjoy.
Indoors, like in our living room...we've grown mushrooms, mints, basil, rosemary, bacopa, strawberries, frankincense (tree), pineapples, st john's wort and ice cream bean trees. Think of edibles and medicinals. We grow the st john's wort in the pineapple pot.
A planted pot can be so dramatic! What do they say...a spiller, a filler and a thriller. A pot has three levels.
i really like the coffee idea! I didn't realize they were so hardy. Thanks for sharing
Leftover sweet potato vines--leaves are tender and delicious. I just let my sweet potato keep producing slips into the late summer--then plant in a hanging pot. The plant doesn't live for more than a few months but it is totally free and beautiful during that time. If I can get the picture to load this plant is towards the end of January.
Gynura, often called longevity spinach, has done great indoors this winter, with almost no help. It is a bit viny so I put a bamboo stick in the 8" clay pot when I brought it indoors and twist-tied up the vines and it has grown and grown. The leaves have a slight fuzz but they are a bit thick and very tasty raw. I have not sauteed them but I am sure they would be great. They are full of nutrients. Highly recommend it as a houseplant and outdoors in summer. I planted it in a spot that had morning sun only but bright light the rest of the dday and indoors it has bright indirect light. I eat at least one large leaf a day!
I've kept a variety of herbs in pots indoors.
I'm forgetting something.
Parsley, being biennial, seems to taste better before it blooms.
I kept a bell pepper plant in a 5 gallon bucket for about 5 years. It bloomed regularly. But, it only set fruit when I physically pollinated them. When I started keeping the same Q-tip to use over and over the pollination rate went up.
The peppers didn't get very big but had loads of flavor.
I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but, I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
I've read a few articles that malabar spinach can be planted indoors. Very edible, much thicker and more gelatinous than regular spinach but is very nutrient dense and can be eaten raw or cooked. It's a vining plant unlike regular spinach so can grow up a trelles, a staircase rail, or perhaps a bookcase.
Hey Heidi, malabar would grow quite well in your area too. It's a warm weather loving plant. I grew it outdoors in Phoenix. I hadn't considered it growing it inside. It would be so lovely to have vining up a book case or something...thanks for suggesting!