Hi fellow gardeners,
I did a lot of native plant gardening and propagation during my undergrad in upstate NY and my roommate was in Horticulture; needless to say our college apartment was full to the brim with plants from the college greenhouses and natives I grew from seed. I think our plant to window ratio was something like 10:1!
I just moved to Boston and live in a tiny apartment with 2 roommates I barely know, but I chose an apartment with lots of windows to help me get started with indoor gardening.
I am relying on my apartment to give me the greenspace I need, since my new neighborhood lacks parks and tall trees.
The kitchen has 4 east-facing windows. The attached living room has 1 south-facing window.
My bedroom as 2 north-facing windows and 1 east-facing window.
The house has a shaded front porch and a lawn on the north side of the building. But with the weather cooling off I will save my outdoor gardening plans for the spring.
With so much light in the house I am itching to get started with plants! I have 8 windows!!!
I am flat out broke after leasing the room, so it's my time to plan what plants to purchase and where to get them. When I get my next paycheck I will look for local nurseries and craft stores for plants and pots.
Do you have recommendations for what I should grow? I'm looking for easy to care for plants that look great. I love flowering plants. But, I do not like growing orchids; my former roommate had a collection of 13 orchids and I didn't like the way they looked when they were not blooming.
The following plants I have grown before with good success:
- east-facing windows: aloe vera, anthurium, jade plant, various dracenas, petunias year-round, angelwing begonia, wax begonias, geranium, dumb cane (I'm very sensitive to its sap though)
- south-facing windows: hibiscus, aloe vera, hoya
- north-facing: philodendron, pothos, christmas cactus, peace lilly, african violets, snake plant
I love growing succulents such as hens-and-chicks but they always look leggy when I grow them, so I'll stay away from them.
Are there more I should add to my list?
Thank you for reading!