The 16 Best Edible Plants YOU Can Grow Indoors

Growing plants indoors doesn’t mean that you can’t grow edibles. It’s possible and here are the 16 best edibles to try!

Starting a garden can be intimidating (or downright impossible if you don't have a yard), but that doesn't mean homegrown produce is out of the question.

 

From farmers’ markets and Community Supported Agriculture to urban farms and rooftop gardens, to produce delivery services, more and more people across the U.S. are embracing farm-fresh food.

Luckily, you don’t need to be a farmer (or even live near a farm) to reap the benefits of home-grown produce. If you have a sunny window (or two, or five) and a bit of extra time on your hands, then you’re capable of growing your food right at home. Read on for our roundup of 16 easy, healthy plants to cultivate indoors — and how to get them growing!

1. Avocados

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It’s possible to grow an avocado tree from an avocado pit, but doing so may not yield edible fruit. If you want to eat what you sow, it’s best to purchase a dwarf avocado plant (varieties that yield the larger green-skinned fruit or, the more common black-skinned fruits are equally good). To tend for your tree, add some sand to the bottom of a large, well-draining pot before filling it with regular potting mix and planting your tree. Water the tree regularly but make sure the soil is never soggy — avocado roots don’t take well to being waterlogged. Prune the shoots regularly, and be sure to place the tree in an area with high ceilings — even dwarf trees can grow larger than 10 feet!

2. Mushrooms

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The easiest way to grow mushrooms indoors is to purchase a kit or grow them in a laundry basket. If you’re looking for a more labor-intensive option, follow these instructions.

3. Chives

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Start by purchasing seeds and selecting a pot that’s six to eight inches in diameter. Fill it almost to the top with potting mix. Plant the seeds, making sure they’re covered by a light layer of soil. Place the container in an area that is partially shaded. Water regularly, making sure the soil never dries out.

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