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The best indoor greenhouses

You may think you need a big yard, balcony, or patio to enjoy the pleasure of homegrown plants and vegetables? Think again! Thanks to an indoor greenhouse, you can still grow plants, vegetables, and flowers within the confines of your home or even bedroom. We’ve selected the 5 best indoor greenhouses money can buy. Read on.

Why an indoor greenhouse?

Indoor greenhouses offer you loads of benefits and you’ll find there’s a suitable option for everyone. Whether you’re going for a miniature greenhouse to start growing herbs in your apartment or you want a full-blown model to grow vegetables and flowers, we’ll help you find exactly what you need!

The benefits of an indoor greenhouse:

  • It’s easy to move. When you’re planning on moving out of your house or apartment in the next few months or even years, your hard work will be protected as it’s easy to move an indoor greenhouse to your new place.
  • You don’t need a yard, balcony or patio to enjoy fresh homegrown vegetables. Maybe you do have outside space but the climate in your region is not ideal for growing plants or the amount of sunshine in your yard is too low to benefit from a greenhouse. Enter the indoor greenhouse…
  • Your crops are well protected. When you buy an indoor greenhouse, your herbs and veggies won’t suffer from outside elements, such as rain, wind, and snow.
  • It’s easier to monitor the temperature and conditions in your greenhouse when it’s so close to you.

Where should you place your indoor greenhouse?

Ideally, your greenhouse is placed in a sunny spot, so your plants can benefit from direct sunlight. If that’s not an option for you, you can add lighting to your greenhouse. Take into account though that natural light is always better for plants to grow than artificial light, so ideally you will at least go for a combination of both and won’t completely rely on the added lighting.

Which crops should you plant indoor?

This strongly depends on how much room you have in your indoor greenhouse. If you only have a mini greenhouse, you should probably start with growing some beautiful fresh herbs to spice up your food. If you have a big greenhouse, you can even grow a lemon tree. We’ll give you some examples of herbs, vegetables, and fruits that will grow indoors!

Herbs and spices:

  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Mint (be careful as this plant tends to grow quickly and might smother your other plants)
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Chives

Lots of vegetables are suited for indoor growing:

  • Carrots
  • Hot peppers
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Radishes
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado

What about some homegrown fruit?

Try growing these fruits inside:

  • Strawberries
  • Oranges
  • Lemons

Other tips to enjoy your indoor greenhouse to the fullest

As your plants won’t benefit from natural soil, it’s important to make sure that the soil you use has plenty of nutrients. Especially when your plants have just started growing it’s a good idea to use extra fertilizer about once a month.

The temperature in your greenhouse should be around 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit. The easiest way to make sure the temperature doesn’t get too high is by placing a thermometer inside your greenhouse. When the temperature gets too high you can either move your greenhouse away from the sun for a little while or open up the top or sides to let some air in.

Make sure you water your plants sufficiently, as plants need both sun and water to grow. Depending on which crop you are growing, check how much water it needs and pay attention to how dry the soil is. During summer your plants might need more water when your house is warmer, so check the greenhouse temperature to give your plants the best chance of survival!

Don't have a large backyard? Enjoy the pleasures of a greenhouse with one of these 5 best indoor greenhouse picks and start growing your own veggies today!

Scandinavian Indoor Greenhouse by Design Duo Atelier 2+

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Editor’s note (September 2020): I’ve been getting some messages regarding the availability and affordability of buying an indoor greenhouse. A lot of the items that I feature on Green with Purpose are small-batch, hand-crafted and high-quality products designed and sold by small businesses. Often, all of these attributes lead to pricing that makes the product unaffordable for most of us. And this indoor greenhouse is certainly a great example of good design that comes at a steep price. That’s why I’ve been researching online and found an affordable similar indoor greenhouse sold by Giantex. Keep in mind that this is not the greenhouse featured in this post, but rather an affordable alternative.

Think, for a moment, of all the places you’ve lived. All the apartments, cities, countries. There’s no doubt in my mind that all of them have left an imprint in the way you see your surroundings now. The places that we live in shift something in us; they mould our world view; they sharpen our senses to previously unimaginable observations.

The same happened to the designers at Atelier 2+. Bangkok-based designers Ada Chirakranont and Worapong Manupipatpong moved to Sweden to study at Konstfack, the prestigious university of arts, crafts and design. But in addition to acquiring knowledge and skills, they also absorbed the quintessential Swedish ethos – that of always having nature on their doorstep. And because the harsh weather keeps nature out of reach quite often, green elements make their way indoors. And this is precisely what their gorgeous greenhouse aims for.

The Greenhouse designed by Atelier 2+ is small enough for indoor use but large enough to house a miniature garden. Its creators describe it as “a sculpture that makes room for nature”.

To me, it almost seems like it’s a combination of museum display case and playground full of possibilities. What kind of plants can we bring together in such a protective space? What else can we put in it? How playful can we get within the confines of the box? “Perhaps the size of Greenhouse encourages people to create miniature worlds because it is not large enough for people merely to plant just anything in it. It makes demands on the user, perhaps requiring green fingers or the sensitive touch of a sculptor,” the designers add.

The Greenhouse, available for purchase at Design House Stockholm, is made from lacquered solid ash timber with panes of toughened glass which open up in two hatches. A planting tray made of galvanized metal lines the bottom part of the greenhouse. You can purchase the glass cabinet separately, if you feel like the sculptural height is too much for your home.

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