Living in an apartment, doesn’t necessarily have to mean living without plants. Although you might not have the same options as you would have in a garden, there are a number of different ways in which you can successfully grow plants in an apartment. Below, we have compiled a few ideas for successful gardening in an apartment.

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The first step depends on whether you have the space for an outdoor system, like a balcony, or a terrace, or whether you will need to create an indoor system.

If you plan on growing your plants indoors, or in a balcony, there are a number of plants that are perfect for this. These thrive with minimal care and can adjust to both indoor and outdoor conditions.

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1. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata): It can survive in a variety of conditions and has superior air purifying abilities.

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2. Aloe Vera: Renowned for its medicinal properties, these plants are a great addition to your apartment garden. They require bright sunshine and do better under dry conditions.

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3. Ferns: These plants do well in low light and are perfect for indoor conditions. It is better to use plastic containers for these, as they retain water better than earthen pots.

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4. Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema): These sturdy plants can survive even if you neglect them, as they thrive in both dry and moist conditions. They require medium to low sunlight and cannot tolerate extreme heat or extreme cold.

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5. Money Plant: This is a climbing plant that can be grown in both water and soil. It requires partial sunlight and some kind of support, to which it can be tied as it grows.

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These plants are mostly decorative, but if you’re looking to start a vegetable or herb garden, then here are some plants that can be successfully grown in containers.

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1. Coriander, popularly known as dhania, is very easy to grow and can be used in a variety of dishes. It can be grown by planting 10-12 split coriander seeds, which when watered regularly will sprout in about 12 – 15 days. This plant requires bright sunshine for best results. You can harvest it when the plant has grown to above 6 inches. Never harvest more than 1/3rd of the foliage at a time.

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2. Curry Leaves, are an important part of Indian cuisine and are also widely used in Ayurvedic preparations. It is easier to transplant a curry leaf sapling, rather than try to grow it from a seed. These plants require bright sunshine and need a few doses of iron based fertiliser every few months. The berries that appear on the tree should be pruned off to encourage better leaf growth. The plant is ready for harvest after it grows taller than 6 inches.

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3. Holy Basil, or Tulsi, is a sacred plant in India with a number of medicinal benefits. You can use either containers or pots, filled with a mixture of rich soil and organic compost or cow dung. These plants can be successfully grown from seeds and require about 6-7 hours of direct sunshine daily for good growth. These plants require to be pruned down to 6 – 8 inches above the ground every once in a while to promote leaf growth. The foliage grows denser with every harvesting.

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4. Spinach, popularly known as Palak, is rich in iron, antioxidants, and vitamins. These plants should be grown in a wide tray instead of in a container, because they tend to spread and have shallow roots. Palak plants can be grown from seeds and need to be treated with a nitrogen based fertiliser every month. The leaves can be harvested 6-8 weeks after planting.

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5. Chillies, can be grown from seeds, in containers or trays. These plants require bright sunshine and soil mixed with compost or manure. These plants require nitrogen based fertiliser and you should keep them in a warm place during winter as they are sensitive to cold draughts.

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If you’re looking to buy saplings or seeds and don’t have any plant nurseries nearby, or just can’t find the time to go plant shopping, then check out this site to buy quality plants, seeds, soil, etc. online.

All these plants grow well when planted in a mixture of potting soil and organic manure or compost. Instead of spending on store-bought compost, you can make your own in your apartment. Composting is a cost-efficient way to manage household waste and a great way to give your plants an extra boost. Check out these links for the best way to create your very own composting bin. If you are looking for ways to manage non-biodegradable waste then take a look at these suggestions by The Mindful Goan.