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What Are The Best Edible Indoor Plants To Grow?

Best Edible Indoor Plants

So what are the best edible indoor plants to grow?

The answer? Leafy green vegetables.

The pandemic has changed a lot of things in our day-to-day lives. Gardening is no different. I’ve seen people with enough room to grow vegetables in their yard become so paranoid with the outside world that they’ve started indoor gardens.

And that’s not a bad thing.

But when it comes to knowing what to grow inside your home, you better make the right decision.

After careful consideration on what are the best edible indoor plants to grow I settled on leafy greens.

Several things factored into my decision not the least of which is cost.

Leafy greens don’t need a lot of fuss like many of their vegetable cousins. I used to marvel as a child growing up on a farm how my parents garden always looked great.

But their leafy greens plots were amazing. These plants grew so well and after learning why, I made them a huge part of my home garden.

The great thing about greens is they require minimal maintenance. They don’t need to be fussed over like  other vegetables.

Give them the right amount of light, a little water and they’ll just about grow anywhere.

And that includes inside your home. Before we look at the best edible leafy greens you can grow inside your home, let’s consider how to choose the plants to grow.

How Do You Choose The Best Edible Indoor Plants To Eat?

When choosing what to plant in your house consider several factors including but not limited to:

Cost – How much will it cost per month or year to keep an indoor garden going?

Light requirements – What type of lighting does each plant prefer? Do you already have any lights installed? If so, how can you use those lights to help support your new crop?

Watering Needs – Will your plants need regular watering during the summer months?

Or should you only give them a good soaking once every few weeks?

Maintenance – Is there anything special you’ll need to do to care for your crops?

Plant Size – Some plants may take up more space than others. Consider whether you’d rather invest time and money into something small or large.

Fertilizer/Pest Control – Does your area get pests such as aphids or slugs? You might also want to think about fertilizing your plants regularly.

Growing Conditions – Where will your plants live? This could include temperature range, humidity levels and even location within the house.

If you’re looking at buying seeds online, look for companies who offer free shipping. That way you won’t have to worry about paying extra fees for delivery.

You can find all sorts of seed packets available online. But before you buy, read reviews first! There’s nothing worse than getting excited about starting a new project only to discover later that the packet was poorly packaged and the seeds didn’t germinate properly.

I’ve found that most reputable websites allow customers to leave feedback on products they purchase. So go ahead and ask questions. It’s worth checking out customer service pages to ensure you aren’t being taken advantage of by unscrupulous sellers.

The Best Edible Indoor Plants

So here are the best edible indoor plants to grow.

1) Leafy Greens – these include lettuce and spinach. Think salads. In the real world, would salads be missing lettuce and spinach.

Obviously not. There are many varieties of lettuce and spinach. My favorites are romaine lettuce and baby spinach. Just decide which one you prefer and start growing.

Kale is another favorite and should be on your list.

Lettuce Is An Edible Indoor Plant
Lettuce is a favorite with most consumers


2) Herbs – you need to add some taste to your salad so thing herbs. My favorites include oregano and lemongrass but I also love parsley, basil, cilantro and mint.

Herbs are easy to grow. We’ve prepared a guide on how to grow herbs. Click here.

One caveat with herbs though. Check with your doctor. Herbs can also have medicinal qualities so make sure you know what they do. You don’t want to be consuming a particular herb that will affect any medication you’re on.

3) Microgreens – some say are the simplest edible indoor plants to grow. And yes, some also say they are the best. They are more expensive than leafy greens at the supermarket.

I’m not going to argue with them and agree they are good to grow. Not sure they are the easiest though. An added bonus is they can make an attractive addition to your home decor by sitting on a window sill.

For those who don’t know what a micro green is, they are young vegetable greens that pack a power of healthy goodness. Think wheatgrass, pea shoots and radish sprouts. Once again, wash them and cook them thoroughly before you eat them.

Again, these indoor plants have an ornamental quality.

They’ll look good in your home and when they’re ready to eat, they’ll be even better!

When Do You Plant Leafy Greens Indoors?

When to plant leafy greens indoors? The best time to grow leafy green vegetables indoors is between March and October.

During this period, temperatures remain relatively stable throughout the country although warm but that’s what they like.

You can start planting your leaves around April 1st. By May 15th you should begin seeing signs of growth.

Keep in mind though that while you wait for your plants to sprout, you still need to provide adequate amounts of sunlight and water. Otherwise, your plants will be stunted and weak.

Tip if you intend to use them outside…once your plants reach 2 inches tall, you can transplant them outdoors.

Make sure to protect them until spring arrives. Once the weather warms up, you can remove the plastic covering and place your plants directly onto the ground. This is for those of you who want an outdoor bed or two of leafy greens as well.

Final Thoughts – Why Grow Leafy Greens Indoors?

Now let me tell you why growing leafy greens indoors is one of the smartest decisions you can make. Here are 5 reasons why:

1. They don’t require much maintenance. With just some light and water, you can easily maintain your own supply of fresh produce. No weeding required!

2. Your plants will thrive without having to deal with bugs and other pests. Since these greens are growing indoors, you won’t have to contend with pesky insects like mosquitoes. Plus, if you happen to spot any pest damage, simply spray away. Use organic pest spray.

3. Growing leafy greens indoors means you have this vegetable on tap. If you love eating kale but hate spending hours picking each piece off the stem, then consider growing your own. Just keep an eye on how many times per week you eat your greens. Don’t overdo it because as we mentioned above, it can interfere with your medication. Again, check with your doctor for more information on this.

4. These vegetables are easy to store. Simply cut them down to fit whatever container you choose. Then wrap them tightly in plastic bags and freeze them for future use.

I hope these tips will help you. Don’t feel intimidated by this. If you have been sitting on the fence about growing vegetables indoors then leafy greens are great to start with with.

Good luck and leave me a comment below with how you’re doing and if you have a tip for our readers, please share it.

Growing up on a farm gave me and my family some huge advantages. One of them was learning to grow our own food. Apart from acres and acres of crops, we had a magnificent fruit and vegetable garden plus, we canned our own food. I’m hoping to pass on some of this expertise and experience to you.

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