Apartment Gardening - Knowledgebase Question

Old Bridge, Ne
Question by lk66613
July 3, 2008
I have upstairs apartment with no balcony and I really would like to have a garden even if it is inside. Any suggestions on how to do this without breaking the bank?

Answer from NGA
July 3, 2008


Most flowering plants will require supplemental lighting, unless you have a bright window with space for plants in containers. There are many, many foliage plants that grow well indoors so if lighting is a concern, concentrate on the foliage rather than the flowering plants.

Plants that do well in low light include Aglaonema commutatum Silver Evergreen
Aglaonema commutatum cv. Silver King (Silver King Evergreen); Aglaonema modestum (Chinese Evergreen); Aspidistra elatior (Cast-iron Plant); Aspidistra elatior cv. Variegata (Variegated Cast-iron Plant); Chamaedorea elegans (Parlor Palm);
Epipremnum aureum (Golden Pothos); Epipremnum aureum cv. Marble Queen (Marble Queen Pothos); Monstera deliciosa (Split-leaf Philodendron); Sansevieria trifasciata (Snake Plant); and Sansevieria trifasciata cv. Laurentii (Goldband Sansevieria).

If you have moderate light (enough light to cast a shadow on a newspaper if you hold your hand over it, you can grow medium light requiring plants such as Aechmea fasciata (Silver Vase); Asparagus densiflorus cv. Myers (Plume Asparagus); Asparagus densiflorus cv. Sprengeri (Sprengeri Asparagus); Asparagus setaceus (Fern Asparagus); Aucuba japonica cv. Variegata (Gold-dust Plant); Brassaia actinophylla (Schefflera); Brassaia arboricola (Dwarf Schefflera); Caryota mitis (Fishtail Palm);
Chamaedorea erumpens (Bamboo Plant); Chlorophytum comosum cv. Variegatum (Spider Plant); Cissus rhombifolia (Grape Ivy); Dieffenbachia amoena (Giant Dumbcane);
Dieffenbachia maculata (Spotted Dumbcane); Dizygotheca elegantissima (False Aralia);
Dracaena deremensis cv. Warneckii (Striped Dracaena); Dracaena fragrans cv. Massangeana (Corn Plant); Dracaena godseffiana (Gold-dust Dracaena); Dracaena marginata (Red-margined Dracaena); Dracaena sanderana (Ribbon Plant); Fatsia japonica (Japanese Fatsia); Ficus benjamina (Weeping Fig); Ficus elastica cv. Decora (India Rubber Plant); Ficus lyrata (Fiddle-leaf Fig); Ficus retusa (Indian Laurel);
Gynura aurantiaca (Velvet Plant); Hedera helix and cultivars (English Ivy); Howea forsterana (Kentia Palm); Maranta leuconeura cv. Erythroneura (Red-veined Prayer Plant); Nephrolepsis exatata cv. Bostoniensis (Boston Fern); Peperomia caperata (Emerald Ripple Peperomia);Peperomia obtusifolia (Oval-leaf Peperomia); Philodendron bipennifolium (Fiddle-leaf Philodendron; Spathiphyllum cv. Clevelandi Cleveland Peace Lily; Spathiphyllum cv. Mauna Loa Mauna Loa Peace Lily; Zebrina pendula Wandering Jew.

By concentrating on these plants, you won't need to purchase supplemental lighting fixtures and you will still have a lush, tropical look in your home.


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