Growing Herbs And Edible Flowers in an Apartment - Knowledgebase Question

Woodmere, NY
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Question by S57baker
November 21, 1999
I would love to grow edible flowers to put on cakes (not just herbs) and possibly fruit. I live in an apartment without a balcony and there isn't much natural light. I would love to give it a go. What do you suggest? Also, aren't there some lovely chocolate smelling plants?

Answer from NGA
November 21, 1999
Some good herbs for windowsills are chives, bay tree, rosemary, thyme and basil. Some edible flowers you might manage on a windowsill are chives, lavenders and violas. You can also try dwarf citrus trees in tubs if you have space and light to suit them. These all require a good amount of bright light and if your growing area is a bit less than ideal you might want to start out with just a few smaller plants to experiment and see how it goes. You may find that you need to grow your plants under a flourescent light fixture fitted with bulbs that promote flowering -- full spectrum grow-lights are affordable, but the more expensive sodium halide lights will promote more flowering.

I am not sure which specific chocolate plant you are thinking of, but Cosmos atrosanguinea or Chocolate Cosmos apparently smells like chocolate to some people, vanilla to others. I don't think these are edible, though. There is a chocolate mint scented geranium available, too.

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