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What are Indoor Plants?

Updated on August 12, 2011
What are Indoor Plants? This one is a Norfolk Pine Tree.
What are Indoor Plants? This one is a Norfolk Pine Tree.

What are Indoor Plants?

Indoor plants are just as the name implies: plants that are grown in an indoor environment. The better question to ask would be, “what the different styles of indoor plants are and which ones can easily be incorporated into my own living quarters?” In this article, I’ll show you the three main types of gardening indoor plants as well as the requirements that they’ll need from you!


Houseplants are typically the first thing that people think of when they hear the words ‘indoor plants.’ There’s a good reason for this! Houseplants are generally the easiest to care for and require very little effort from the gardener. If you just want some plants you can set in or by a bright window and water every now and then, that’s perfectly okay! Here are a few houseplants that are sure to please everyone!

  • · Cacti: Cactus plants one of the easiest plants to care for. They are generally very ‘user forgiving’ and require very little effort. Small cactus gardens are a great conversation piece!
  • · Norfolk Pine: This tropical pine tree does require consistent watering, but does not require direct sunlight. In fact, the Norfolk Pine grows best in strong indirect sunlight! This is my personal favorite for North Facing windows.
  • · Ferns: There is a wide variety of ferns that require very little light and user effort. These beautiful plants will grow great in low light East or North facing window seals!

Bonsai Indoor Plants:

Another popular method for keeping indoor plants is to maintain a Bonsai garden. These plants require much more effort from the user, as meticulous trimming and training is required to keep plants shaped and healthy. Bonsai gardens are definitely for the dedicated only! If you’re interested in a Bonsai garden, be sure to do your homework ahead of time. The cool thing about Bonsai gardens is that really any plant species can be grown into a Bonsai masterpiece. Junipers to chili pepper plants, it’s all fair game!

Indoor Edible Plants:

The third, and my personal favorite are edible indoor plants. Just because you are confined to indoor gardening doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the fruits of your labor. With modern technology, full blown vegetable gardens can be maintained in your basement! Even if you don’t want to get that extreme, windowsill herb gardens are a great way to get the most from your indoor gardening experience.

I hope that through this article you have learned what are indoor plants and how you can incorporate them it fit your desires. As always, good luck in your gardening adventures!


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      Leslie Broussard 6 years ago

      Great hub, Joe!

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      Zach 6 years ago from Colorado

      Thank you jetta!

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      jetta17 6 years ago

      Hey I just stopped by because I was intrigued to see a Norfolk Pine as your picture. I too like these Pines! Good hub and welcome to hubpages.