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Have a Green Thumb With These Indoor Gardening Ideas

Have you always wanted a green thumb but don’t know where to begin? There are a few ways to get started on that green thumb now to do indoors this winter. Check out these indoor gardening ideas for beginners.

You don’t have to be an expert gardener to grow beautiful flowers indoors. In fact, you don’t even need much space or time to do them either.

Because indoor gardening doesn’t require much room or energy, and there’s so much you can grow to enjoy flowers and greenery inside.

Wait until you see these indoor gardening ideas!

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Why You Should Garden Indoors

There are lots of benefits to growing a garden indoors.

Bringing the outdoors in with plants and flowers is a great way to:

  • decorate your home
  • reduce stress
  • boost the mood
  • purify the air
  • improves focus
  • increases creativity and productivity

Here are 5 easy indoor gardening ideas to try this year.

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5 Easy Indoor Gardening Ideas to Grow a Green Thumb

I am a huge fan of gardening both inside and out. There’s just something about plants and flowers that is tranquil and soothing.

But gardening wasn’t always my thing.

My passion for it started while attending law school and grew from there. And I was totally drawn to it.

It started with a few annuals outside our condo. Then it progressed to a houseplant or two.

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My front yard gardens in fall

When we moved, I started gardening with more perennials and flowering shrubs.

Then added lots of spring-flowering bulbs. Grew some more houseplants. Started propagating them.

And then BAM!

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My home is covered in air-purifying plants and cottage gardens.

You don’t have to be a crazy plant lady like me to enjoy plants and flowers.

Start with one or two plants and see where it takes you.

Check out the ideas below to get started!

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Grow Easy Care Houseplants

One of the best ways to enjoy an indoor garden in winter is to grow some houseplants.

I know. I know.

Some of you think you have black thumbs.

But that could not be further from the truth!

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Sunroom Before and After

It’s more likely, the plants you tried to grow than you just killing stuff.

With plants and flowers, there are some that are super easy and resilient to care for.

And others that are not.

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Before choosing and growing any houseplant, it’s important to understand your home’s growing conditions.

Equally important, is knowing how much work you are willing to do. Because there are plants that require more care than others.

Knowledge is power and it goes a very long way when learning how to be a plant parent.

Click here to learn the basics of houseplant care.

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If you think you kill everything, I challenge you to start with one snake plant.

They tolerate various light conditions and are SUPER EASY to care for.

Watering is minimal (I water mine like 1x a month) and they add lots of personality and drama to living spaces.

I recommend snake plants to anyone who is just starting out. It is no fail.

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If you would like to try other plants that are easy-care, I made a great list of low-maintenance plants that purify the air.

What does that mean?

It means there are actually plants that clean the air we breathe.

And that’s important because it ultimately helps cut down on the amount of illnesses in our home.

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Now I can’t promise you that you’ll see an immediate reduction in illnesses, but I can tell you that my family has significantly cut down the amount of times we get sick in a year.

And I attribute it to my air purifying plants.

Here are a few more plants that are easy to grow:

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Plant Flowering Bulbs For a Green Thumb

There is nothing easier than a few flowering bulbs that you can grow or force indoors.

Seriously, this is an easy win for the novice gardener because it takes very little effort to grown them.

This year, I am really loving all the amaryllis that I started growing.

I received a bunch from Gardener’s Supply and Breck’s that started blooming on Christmas Day and is still blooming today! They are fabulous!

close up of amaryllis flower at Christmas in the living room

If you are new to gardening and want something that will bloom with NO CARE AT ALL, try the waxed amaryllis bulbs.

I literally took them out of a box and sat them on the shelf.

And these are the gorgeous blooms that grew!

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You can also force spring bulbs like tulips and daffodils indoors.

Just be sure to throw them in the fridge well before you plant them.

They need a chilling requirement to bloom.

Pink Tulips in my cottage garden

There are also bulbs, like paperwhites that don’t need to be chilled.

And they are super easy to grow too!

I didn’t grow them this year but my friend Kelly from the Tattered Pew did.

Paperwhites by the Tattered Pew - Have a Green Thumb With These Indoor Gardening Ideas
Photo by Kelly from The Tattered Pew

Starting Plants from Seed

Have you ever started vegetables, herbs, or flowers from seed before? It’s really rewarding to start them indoors and plant them outside in the garden.

Starting seeds indoors is a great way to get your green on while it’s still snowing outside.

Plus, you can grow lots of cool things you might not find at the local nursery in spring.

Starting Seeds Snapdragons

I just started a blog series about how to start seeds indoors without a greenhouse.

Since I live in New Jersey, hardiness zone 6a, I can’t start sowing my seeds until mid-February. So for now, I’m still accumulating my seed starting supplies and setting up my grow system.

Want to start some seeds indoors with me?

Dahlia 'Tropical' is great for the cut flower garden
Dahlia ‘Tropical’

Follow along with my seed starting series and let’s start growing stuff!

The first blog in the series talks about what I’m growing and the supplies needed to prepare.

I hope you’ll join me.

It will be fun!

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Make a Flower Arrangement

There is nothing better than a beautiful flower bouquet to brighten up the home and boost the mood, particularly during the winter months.

Whether you cut flowers from the garden or drop by the local florist or market, grabbing a few bunches of blooms to make an arrangement will brighten your day.

It’s not only less expensive to make a flower arrangement yourself, but it also boosts the mood and provides a sense of pride in your work.

While you can make a simple arrangement using one type of flower, it’s really fun to make a designer bouquet with different varieties.

And it’s not hard to do either!

To get the most out of DIY flower arrangements, you’ll want to follow these tips to help the blooms stay fresh longer.

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How to Arrange Flowers Like a Pro

Forcing Stems Indoors

Another way to have a green thumb is to bring the outdoors in!

We can do this by forcing flowering stems indoors.

It is super easy to do and looks beautiful in our homes!

I’ve had great success forcing forsythia, weigela, and some flowering fruit stems.

Because most early blooming plants grow their buds in the fall, they’ll need to be dormant for 6 weeks before cutting and bringing indoors.

It’s about that time for me now.

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With a sharp set of pruning shears, make cuts at desired lengths and drop in water.

Keep the branches hydrated until you are ready to arrange.

Cut stems at an angle. This helps the branch take in more water to stay hydrated.

Then arrange in your favorite vessel.

Easy peasy!

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More Houseplant Care Tips and Tricks

I am really excited to join the Winter Botanicals and Gardens Blog Hop hosted by my talented friend, Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home.

Check Out These Winter Botanical and Garden Ideas!

Have a Green Thumb With These Indoor Gardening Ideas

Thanks so much for stopping by my home today. Next up on the tour is my good friend Michelle from Thistle Key Lane

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