19 Feb Perfect Plants to Start Indoors for Spring
Can’t wait for Spring? You don’t have to. Bring Spring into your home right now by starting an indoor garden.
Indoor gardening is a terrific way to get a jump start on Spring. Planting seeds and bulbs indoors and watching them grow will breathe new life into you and your home.
Here are some fun herbs, flowers, and vegetables to start indoors right now.
Herbs—Better Homes & Gardens recommends growing these five herbs indoors and then planting them outdoors in the Spring.
- oregano–this pungent herb can be used with artichokes, beans, chicken, eggplant, fish, lamb, mushrooms, pasta, peppers, pizza, pork, potatoes, sausages, tomatoes, veal, zucchini
- chives–the smallest member of the onion family is great in eggs, fish, potatoes, salads, shellfish, sole, soups
- mint–a low-maintenance herb that is a great addition to hot and cold beverages, vegetables, salads, chicken, lamb, beef, salmon, and desserts
- rosemary–use with steak, chicken, yogurt, cheese, roasted vegetables (especially potatoes), fish, soups, stews, pasta
- thyme–great with peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, fish, stews
Blooming Flowers–Listed below are bulbs to plant indoors. They are easy to grow and can be forced into blooming.
- Daffodils–miniature varieties (reaching about 6 inches tall) are ideal for growing indoors and include Little Gem, February Gold, and Tete-a-Tete
- Amaryllis–beautiful trumpet-shaped flowers come in red, pink, white, salmon, apricot, rose, bicolor or picotee (petals with a different edge color)
- Paperwhites–these little beauties belong to the daffodil family and can be forced to flower indoors any time of year; place the bulbs in soil or simply water
- Hyacinths–enjoy these fragrant flowers in magenta, indigo, pink, baby blue, yellow, and white
Vegetables–Readers’ Digest suggests starting these vegetables inside.