Indoor Gardening: Things to Grow Without Needing a Garden

May 19 13:14 2009 Anna Clare Print This Article

Who says you need a garden to be green fingered? If you live in a flat or apartment and don't have the luxury of a garden, you can still enjoy a spot of gardening on your window sill.  ShinyShack's Anna Clare outlines our favourite things to grow indoors.

Many of us have to live wherever the work is – and that's often in a city.  But if you do live in a big city,Guest Posting there's a good possibility you won't have the luxury of a garden – especially if you live in a flat or apartment.

However, living without a garden doesn't have to mean living without plants… these days, there are many indoor seed kits and other things to grow which are perfect for homes without gardens.

Here are some of our favourite things to grow if you don't have a garden, or if you would just like to brighten up your home with some indoor plants.

Chillies Seed Pod

With the Chillies Seed Pod, not only do you not need a garden to grow your own chillies… you don't even need a pot!

Once you've opened the Chillies Seed Pod pack, the packaging can be used as a pot for growing delicious spicy chillies on your window sill – simply place the supplied compost into the pod, sow the seeds, and ensure the plant has access to water and light. Before long you'll be cooking up delicious spicy food with your own home-grown chillies.

Magic Bean

Now you can be just like Jack from the fairy tale, and grow your very own beanstalk… although we can't guarantee that there'll be a giant at the top of it!

The Magic Bean is supplied in a tin, which is used for growing the plant – open the lid, add water, and before long your beanstalk will appear, along with a bean which shows a secret message. It sounds impossible, but it works!

Resurrection Plant

The Resurrection Plant is the ultimate thing to grow if you're not great at remembering to water your house plants. 

The Resurrection Plant looks like a little piece of dried wood when you take it out of the box, but once you've dropped it into water it will unfold into a green fern. Take it out of the water, and before long it will die again.

The cycle of drying out and resurrection can be repeated endlessly, hence the claim on the packaging that the Resurrection Plant is “the plant you cannot kill”.

Venus Fly Trap Kit

The Venus Fly Trap is a fascinating carnivorous plant which, if you invest a bit of work and patience, will reward you by helping to keep your home free of flying insects.

The Venus Fly Trap Kit contains everything you need to grow your own Venus Fly Trap plant, including a little terracotta pot.

Bonsai Starter Kit

The ancient art of growing and training Bonsai plants is a hugely rewarding hobby, enjoyed by people all over the world.

The Bonsai Starter Kit contains everything you need to get started with growing and training your very own Bonsai Hyssop plant, including a shallow Bonsai dish and Bonsai pruning scissors.

Once you feel experienced enough to try growing and training a more challenging Bonsai plant, all the equipment from the Bonsai Starter Kit can be reused.

Lucky Four Leaf Clover Kit

In the Lucky Four Leaf Clover Kit is everything you need to grow your own four leaf clover plant on your window sill or desk, including a tiny terracotta pot.

Traditionally, a four leaf clover is said to bring good luck.  We can’t guarantee your four leaf clover plant will bring you a lottery win, but you'll have fun trying!

Pet Tree

If you're so stuck for space that you can't fit a plant pot on your window sill or sideboard, the Pet Tree is the ultimate in small-space gardening.  It's also the ideal starter plant if you think you’re not especially green fingered, because it's possibly the most low-maintenance plant you can grow!

The Pet Tree grows in a teeny bottle, small enough to hang from a key ring.  Inside the bottle is a gel which contains all the nutrition the Pet Tree needs to live and grow – so it never needs watering or feeding.  In the right conditions, the Pet Tree will live for over a year – just make sure you keep it at the correct temperature and ensure it gets the right amount of natural light.

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Anna Clare
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Anna Clare is Website Manager at, one of the UK's leading online suppliers of fun gifts and unusual things to grow.

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