Here's a simple way to make your home greener: add more plants. Indoor houseplants and herbs are having a moment right now. And that makes sense because they add so much life and personality to your space.
Houseplants can instantly transform a room into a more tranquil and stylish space, while growing fresh herbs can greatly benefit your cooking. It's time to jump on the trend and try growing something for yourself.
You don't need to have a green thumb to start. All you need is a little patience and knowledge. Here are 10 of the best indoor plants and herbs you can start growing in your house right now.
1. Golden Pothos Vine
One of the best varieties for new plant parents is the pothos. This plant comes in many styles, colors, and variations, all offering stunning foliage and easy maintenance. If you're new to taking care of plants and want something easy to start, pick a pothos.
The golden pothos variety is one of the most popular styles for both the new and experienced plant lover. With stunning yellow and green leaves with a unique marbling effect, it's not hard to see why.
In the wild, golden pothos climb up trees displaying gorgeous multi-colored leaves. In your home, this plant can trail from hanging baskets pots and thrive with minimal care. However, with more sunlight and attention, the leaves can grow large like in the wild.
Sage is an essential herb to have in your kitchen. The earthy, sweet, and savory flavor is perfect to accent heavy dishes like sausage and other meats, pizza, and creamy pasta. Sage is perfect in your dishes and grown easily in your home.
Sage offers many varieties, so you can choose which you want to grow in your home. The best part is that regularly harvesting the leaves will encourage your plant to grow more. And since sage is an evergreen plant, it will thrive year-round.
There's only one thing that sage can't stand-- growing in wet soil. Combat this by placing this herb in a sunny spot and planting it in well-draining soil such as clay or loam.
3. Tradescantia Zebrina
Difficult to kill, the tradescantia is a great beginner houseplant. Also called a Wandering Jewel, this plant is attractive for its stunning striped green and purple leaves. This plant even blooms bright purple, white, and pink flowers in the spring and early summer.
For such a stunning plant, it's easy to take care of, which will make it a great addition to your home. It's great in a hanging basket and the vines look amazing cascading down from the pot.
A Trandescantia zebrina really only needs two requirements: high levels of humidity and moist soil. You can increase the humidity in your home with a humidifier or placing a bowl of water near the plant. The water will evaporate and your plant will reap the benefits!
Regular watering will keep the soil from drying out and the roots from dying. With these two maintenance rules, your Tradescantia will thrive.
Mint will make the least experienced plant grower feel incredibly accomplished because this herb grows like a weed. Hearty and bordering on an invasive species, both spearmint and peppermint will grow quickly, even inside your home.
Of the two, peppermint is better to grow indoors with limited space since you need more spearmint to get the same minty flavor as peppermint. Peppermint thrives in the shade, so it'll be great in a corner that receives a little light every day.
Because mint in the wild can be invasive, it's essential to grow this plant in a separate pot or container than your other herbs. Mint is as vicious as it is delicious. It can quickly and suffocate your other herbs by absorbing all the water and nutrients available, destroying your garden.
5. Spider Plant
Well-loved by plant enthusiasts, spider plants are one of the best options for beginner plant parents. When mature, they look impressive with long, arching leaves. These plants look great in a hanging basket and can thrive practically anywhere in your home.
As one of the best low light indoor plants, spider plants are easy to maintain. They don't need a lot of light to live their best lives. And they're also not picky about how much water they receive or the temperature the room is kept at. However, they can develop brown leaf tips as they are sensitive to tap water. We recommend letting the water sit for 24 hours to remove the chlorine from the water.
You can pretty much leave these plants alone and they'll keep growing. In fact, they'll create new plantlets that offset from the mother plant. You can plant these easily and they'll grow into their own large, impressive spider plants.
One of the most fragrant and versatile herbs, rosemary should definitely be on your list of home-grown herbs. The evergreen leaves can be picked year-round and make great additions to a variety of dishes, so it's one of the best herbs to grow at home. Spice up soup, flavour chicken, or add something extra to your specialty drinks with rosemary.
This herb grows easily in the right conditions. This herb needs full sun, but don't fear. Light from any direction, including artificial light, will help this herb thrive.
Rosemary needs moist, well-draining soil and grows best in sand, loam, or chalk mixtures. It's easy to overwater this plant, so it's a great contender to grow in an automated grow box.
If you're looking for a plant to make your home feel a little more tropical, then you need to add a Dracaena variety to your space. Dracaena feature branching woody stems that boast large arching leaves.
There are so many varieties and they're all relatively easy to take care of. Leaves on a Dracaena can be green, green and yellow, or even tri- coloured, which creates stunning foliage. They can grow large enough to be floor plants or kept small for a table.
These plants can tolerate a large variety of conditions, which makes them especially great for growing indoors. In the summer, they prefer regular watering. However in the colder months of winter, Dracaena soil can dry out almost completely.
An easy-to-grow herb is the best option for a beginner learning to work their green thumb. And chives are one the easiest herb options, especially to grow indoors. They don't require a lot of light, so they're perfect on a windowsill or in a grow box.
You can grow chives easily from an already-established plant. Separate a few stems with their roots intact; you can plant them in soil, and cut about a third off the top of the plants to stimulate new growth.
You can also plant chives from seeds, though they will need a little more care and attention. Chives require a little more water to thrive, but as long as the soil drains well, your new herbs will grow with ease.
9. ZZ Plant
Another great plant that's ideal for beginners is the ZZ plant. The ZZ plant is especially great for beginners if you tend to forget to water your plants, or still learning about the different types of light your houseplants may require.
That's because ZZ plants require low light conditions and can go long periods of time without water, all without showing stress. That means you need to place it away from a window in well-draining soil and only water when the soil is completely dry.
The ZZ is durable and hard to kill, so if you don't have a green thumb naturally or you're in the process of getting one, this is the plant to start with.
One note is that it is toxic. So wash your hands after handling and keep away from children and pets.
For many at-home chefs, parsley is a commonly-used herb in their kitchen. And why shouldn't it be, when it offers brightened and balanced flavors to your dishes? Not only is parsley a good herb for a variety of dishes, but it's easy to grow as well.
Parsley doesn't have high requirements for light and doesn't need a lot of maintenance once it begins to grow. This makes parsley a wonderful addition to your kitchen herb garden, especially for those working on their green thumbs.
Seeds may take at least two weeks to see results, and this herb is a notorious slow grower. So if you're looking to use the herb immediately, then you can also try to plant a rooted cutting.
The Best Indoor Plants and Herbs You Can Grow Today
Growing your own herbs and tropical houseplants may be a huge social media trend right now, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a try. There are many benefits to making your house greener with foliage.
The best indoor plants can make your home feel like an oasis or your own personal getaway. Stunning foliage that's easy to care for can make a huge impact. And growing your own herbs is not only rewarding, but canalso help make your meals taste better.
You don't have to be a natural green thumb to start growing at home. With Grobo, an automatic hydroponic grow box, you can raise plants from seed with ease.
Simply add the plant to the grow box, pick from the hundred of grow recipes on the Grobo app, and let the automated system do the rest. Use this system to grow plants, cannabis, and herbs in your own home.
Check out the Grobo YouTube channel for educational videos, or contact one of our specialists to start your own growing journey.