Best Plants to Grow this Holiday Season

Don't get the winter blues quite yet - gardening fun can continue through the holiday season. There are plenty of indoor winter plants you can grow right in your home to keep your green thumb busy and your house full of life during the cold months.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Poinsettias

The poinsettia is a well-known holiday favorite. This traditional flowering plant grows in a range of colors, but is most commonly seen as a rich red. When growing poinsettias, make sure the plant is in a room that has plenty of sunlight with minimal cold air flow or extreme heat. Keep your poinsettia healthy and you'll be able to transfer it outside come late spring, early summer.

Herbs

When you're preparing meals this holiday season, how nice would it be to pick fresh herbs right in your kitchen? Growing herbs indoors during the winter is a great way to get fresh ingredients for all those holiday meals. Make sure to grow herbs on a window sill where they are exposed to lots of sunshine. Most herbs grow well indoors as long as they are watered regularly and live in a cool, dry environment.

Streptocarpus

This deep purple, orchid-like plant is visually appealing and requires low maintenance. The streptocarpus can grow on a windowsill that exposes the plant to indirect light and cool air. Streptocarpus is the ideal plant for the on-the-go gardener with plans to travel over the holidays, as the strep perks right back up after a few days of neglect.

Jasmine

Jasmine is the perfect indoor plant to brighten your holiday season. With a calming yet welcoming scent and beautiful white blooms, growing jasmine indoors might become your new favorite holiday tradition. Regular pruning and moist soil will keep your jasmine plant flourishing all through the season.

Tomatoes

Already craving those plump, juicy tomatoes you grew in your garden this summer? Good news - you can grow this veggie indoors throughout the winter. While indoor grown tomatoes won't grow as large as those you grow in your backyard, they will still have that deliciously fresh flavor. All you need is plenty of sunlight, a variety of seeds that can grow in a container and some patience.

 

The Dirt from Troy-Bilt

November/December 2014