dan asked in Home & GardenGarden & Landscape · 1 month ago

What are some good food producing houseplants?

I live in New Hampshire and am looking to start an "apartment garden." I am wondering what are some good house plants that I can grow that produce food? My apartment does not get much direct sunlight and in the winter I get even less than in the summer.

Oh, BTW, I have a black thumb.

Thank you

5 Answers

  • Mr. P
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    I've been growing indoors and outdoors a few years now. 

    My No.1 tip is grow what you eat most of.

    Things that are easy on a windowledge - Cress, mustard & Cress mix. Chives, Mint, Basil (can be tricky to get right as it gets mold sometimes).

    Sprouting seeds - good any time of year and takes about 10 days, Ideal for winter.

    Wheatgrass (if you like it).

    Things needing more effort;-

    Tomatoes in summer. Peppers, chillis.


    Things you can grow with lighting;-

    Lettuce, microgreens (rocket, mustard, tatsoi, pea shoots,)

    If you have an outside spot - (or even borrow one)-

    Potatoes in woven shopping bags,

    Rosemary (grows like a weed).

    Climbing beans (up a wall-  even from a small pot)

    indeterminate tomatoes - (grows like a vine and keeps going)

    In a hanging basket;-

    Tumbler tomatoes,

    Sage, thyme, chives, raddishes, 

    Quite a lot if you are determined. 

    Give it a go and see what happens.

    If you forget to water things then get an electronic reminder that will beep if the soil is dry, or grow on a damp mat or in water with hydroponics.


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  • mars
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Baby Tomatoes..

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Not much sunlight?  Stick to ornamental plants that do not need sunlight.

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  • 1 month ago

    I’ve had really good success with growing chili from jalapeño to Thai chili to cayenne to habanero. 

    I’ve had some luck with tomatoes. 

    For herbs, it’s catnip, spearmint, thyme, lavender, aloe, basil. Not much luck with Thai basil. 

    You can forget about growing anything in the winter unless you have a green house in your place or an aero garden. There’s just not enough light for the plant to thrive. 

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  • Mark
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Start with herbs and perhaps avocados.

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