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Houseplants; The Indoor Garden

Updated on November 6, 2011

Houseplants: The Indoor Garden

Gardening is not limited to the outdoors. It does provide a fine opportunity to get outdoors and be an active part of Nature rather than sitting indoors and consuming pre-packaged culture, but it can be enjoyed all year round, no matter where you live.

Houseplants are perfect for the person who wants to keep the enthusiasm alive. They offer diverse, inexpensive and relatively easy to care for ways to engage your interest and as a bonus they enhance the indoor décor. 

The variety of plants for indoor gardening is vast and while there are traditional houseplants, there are many others than can be grown indoors if the conditions are ideal.

Lighting, as outdoors, plays a major role.

Plants grown indoors have the same needs as plants grown outdoors; however, there is a major difference. Indoors, the gardener supplies the sun, perhaps in a brightly lit window, perhaps with artificial light, or maybe a combination of both. 

If there is not enough natural light then you need to turn to artificial sources and there are a number of possibilities in the marketplace.


The most important element of success in indoor vegetable growing is light. Light determines how long plants remain active and is essential for photosynthesis.

You need to pay close attention to light intensity as it affects the manufacture of plant food, stem length, leaf color, and flowering.

Over the years I have grow a wide range of plant indoors, spider plants, tomatoes, herbs, and much, much more. Today, my focus is on African violets; one reason is space limitations, another I admire this plant and a third is it has a long history in my family.

African violets are a popular houseplant. The African violet is relatively easy to care for and will reward your attentions with many years’ of beauty. The African violet (Saintpaulia species) may well be one of the most popular houseplant and one that grows and flowers under light conditions found in the average home or under artificial light. Many different varieties, types, and flower colors exist.

The Spider plant or (Chlorophytum comosum) is also an easy care houseplant; one that looks great in a hanging basket and requires only minor attention. It does like it bright but indirect light is best. If this one gets the right combination of light and water it will thrive for quite a few years and is easy enough to propagate.

Houseplants add value and beauty to you indoor space and can be fairly simple to take care of, so if you are not already growing indoors, give it some thought.

African Violet

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    You are welcoe, happy gardening

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    Sandy Jauregui 7 years ago from Sanger

    I'll have to give the violets another try...thanks...:)

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    I like radishes. happy gardening.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    I just love plants. I will be growing baby lettuce again and French radishes.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    I like to hear from people who are growing food indoors, happy growing and thanks for dropping by.

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    motherofthree 7 years ago

    I recentsly purchased the upsy downsy available at Target. I am growing grape tomatoes on the top and large tomatoes grow down from the bottom. I live in an apartment so I am limited to growing food in pots. I hope it gets the sun that it needs

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Wealthmadehealthy thanks, glad it was helpful.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thank you both for your comments and happy gardening.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Bob, I love indoor plants and I do not remember a time in my life that my mother wasn't growing African Violets in a wonderful array of colors. Very good hub.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I had an African violet for a while and then it died. I miss it very much. My grandmother used to have several and she seemed to be able to keep it alive for a long time. Grandpa had built a small greenhouse in the front of her house that was great - even during the cold winter months, it survived. Maybe I will try again.

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    Wealthmadehealthy 7 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

    Thank you oh thank you for all the info on African Violets!!

    I have always loved them but could not grow them out of all the plants I do grow!!! Kudos to this hub!!

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    It is possible to over do indoor plants, as in all thing, balance is best. Happy gardening and thanks for the comment.

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    Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

    Hi Bob. Nice hub.

    I can not grow African Violets. They just won't grow for me. Years ago one of my son's techers gave me a piece of . a Spider, it now touches the floor. I also have a Moses Basket that I got from the same teacher. That is also huge.

    You are right about air quality,but I had a friend that has so many indoor plants that it was hot as hell in her house.

    Great tips. Maybe I will try the African Violet again.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    True some houseplants are reputed to improve indoor air quality, thanks for the comment.

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    rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

    I agree, the more plants inside the better and better air quality as well.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    I am giving orchids some serious thought. Pharmacist, thanks enjoy the AVs.

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    Dobson 7 years ago from Virginia

    We built in a carport on the north saide of our house and are enjoying wonderful bloom displays from African Violets. They are the indoor plant we enjoy most, but we are beginning to experiement with Orchids.

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    Jason Poquette 7 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

    I have always been intimidated by indoor plants. I'm not much of a gardener. I think I will give the African Violet a try! Thanks for the information! Great Hub.