Outdoor Plants That You Can Grow Indoor
Do you ever look over your garden in the summer and wish you could bring it all indoors for the winter? If you’re feeling like you may miss some of your favorite outdoor plants, good news. Many plants are fairly flexible about living indoors or outdoors.
Begonias are becoming more popular with plant breeders and many varieties make excellent indoor foliage plants. In particular, Rex begonias, with their unusual colors, patterns, and textures, will make nice houseplants.
The same Caladium plants sold as tubers are potted and sold, at a much higher price, as houseplants. Caladiums can tolerate full shade outdoors, but like indirect light indoors. Keep their soil moist, but not wet. Caladiums do not like to be cold, preferring temperatures ranging from 60 to 85 degrees F. If the leaves start to yellow and the plant is struggling, allow it to die back and rest until spring. Store in a cool, dry spot and repot in February or March.
Coleus is everywhere these days. The old-fashioned seed-grown varieties that prefer some shade make especially nice houseplants. If your plants are too large to bring in, coleus root quickly from cuttings. Give coleus indirect bright light. They like to be warm but will tolerate cooler nights and temperatures down to about 55 degrees F. Keep the soil moist and feed monthly. Be sure to pinch off any flowers as they appear, to keep the plants from going to seed.
Believe it or not, peppers are tropical perennials and can be kept growing and producing for several years. Smaller hot peppers are the easiest to bring indoors, but any pepper is worth a try. As with growing peppers outdoors, they like their soil to be a little dry and a little underfed. But bright direct light is necessary to set flowers and grow peppers.
Many herbs do well indoors. For annuals and biennials, like basil and parsley, it’s best to start with a small, young plant. Chives are a particularly easy herb to grow indoors.