Best Plants to Grow Indoors in the Winter

It’s winter outside, but that doesn’t mean we can’t earn the mood-elevating, health-enhancing benefits of tending to plants.

By Anna Archibald and Tabitha Grace | November /December 2017


If properly cared for, certain flowers, culinary herbs and even citrus plants can be grown inside. Photo by iStock/IPGGutenbergUKLtd

Growing plants indoors adds vibrancy and cheer to our homes in winter, and may even offer a squeeze or sprinkle of homegrown culinary delight to winter meals. Try your hand at growing these colorful blooms and easy edibles indoors this year, and reap the benefits of tending living plants throughout winter.

Winter Bloomers

If you’re a fan of cut flowers but want your beautiful blooms to last even longer, try these plants that add color to winter interiors.


Though orchids require a slightly different care regimen than the average houseplant (they need less water and more fertilizer, for instance), their blooms can last for months, brightening any room with their tropical feel. Phalaenopsis (moth orchids) are easier to find than ever. Buy one with a few closed blooms to get the full flowering experience. Check out the American Orchid Society for reliable care instructions.


Rieger Begonia
Referred to as winter-flowering begonias, Rieger begonias produce boisterous blooms, ranging from white to fuschia, during short days. Place plants in an east- or west-facing window and fertilize monthly while in bloom. With proper care you may be able to get it to rebloom

Christmas Cactus
Though now you can find hybrid varieties that bloom any time of year, these plants traditionally produce their vibrant blooms, ranging from salmon pink to yellow to ruby, closer to the holidays. Keep these succulents in sandy soil and only water when soil is completely dry.

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2 thoughts on “Best Plants to Grow Indoors in the Winter

  1. gardeningwithfatsteve

    I love flowers but I don’t really spend too much time on them. I’d rather grow edibles.
    I must say, I’m in love with the concept of growing citrus trees indoors and I’m happy you mentioned this in your article. Of course, herbs are a must have indoors. I have two grow rooms and they will both be filled with citrus trees, herbs, and vegetables. Nice article, keep up the good work.

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