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Old 10-13-2015, 07:54 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I know, geraniums, African violets. I'll be bringing the parsley plant indoors but I was thinking of something on the idea of a terrarium. Not an actual terrarium, I've done that before with moss and little plants.

I have a little tiny mini greenhouse that I could put on a table. I live near the ocean so it would be nice to include a few little sea shells, maybe some bits of driftwood, but I don't know what else. There are plants growing in the beach sand but I think they need the winter period of dormancy. So do I go and buy some tropical plants? Is there a such thing as a miniature palm tree? Some other miniature plants that would have small flowers? I don't want to do bonsai, just something pretty and cute. Maybe I could find mini beach umbrellas, LOL. Any suggestions will be much appreciated because I am not going anywhere this winter, just stuck inside and something pretty and colorful would be a joy.
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Old 10-13-2015, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Midvale, Idaho
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I think you can grow just about any house plant if you have enough light. Some times I feel a bit overwhelmed by my house plants. But I LOVE them and a few I have had for over 35 years!!! Through moves across states and flipping houses for over 20 years so many moves and a bad flood. Hubby even roped a long chunk of a chain of hearts to save them for me because I was heart broken to lose the plant I got in the 70's. The living room floor was falling into the river so this was a brave thing for him to do.

I am not familiar growing things in green houses inside. One plant I really like and flowers when treated properly for lighting is Christmas cactus. Comes in many colors. You can hang it or keep it trimmed back after blooming. It is hardy. You have to not give it artificial light after the sun sets from September until it blooms. I keep one of mine in my sewing room because I rarely go in there to sew at night. If I did I would cover it.

Another pretty hanging plant is a Hoya. The flowers look like velvet stars. They like bathroom windows if good bright light. They like the humidity from the shower. I have one in my laundry room too. Both bloom like crazy.
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Old 10-14-2015, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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2 weeks ago we attended our regional Homesteading / survivalist fair. They present over 700 workshops on different topics. One topic was indoor winter gardening. Everyone shared their experiences in growing things indoors through winter.

I made a list:
Aliums [all of this family will survive, but the best for in a window sill would be chives],

Salad greens [think Succession Planting],

Celery [can be re-grown from store-bought],

dwarf trees: lemons, figs, avacado [I have lemon and fig trees that I bring indoors each winter],

Ginseng,
Ginger,
Lovage [this came up in our discussion, it is an outdoor plant. One of few that can be harvested in February in Maine],

cherry tomatoes [I really doubt this one, but we had people who swore they produce them in winter without timed-lights. I heat with wood, so my home temps fluctuate a lot. I do not think I could do this],

Rosemary / sage, thyme,
Basil [again Succession Planting],

mint,
aloe,
peppers,
sprouts,
mushrooms
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Old 10-14-2015, 08:07 AM
 
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Here are some miniature varieties from Logee's to give you some ideas:

Search results for: 'miniature'

And here are their windowsill plants:

Indoor & Windowsill House Plants: Logee's Rare & Unusual Plants

Darn, some of those minatures are cute!

I have been contemplating an indoor herb garden during the winter for years. Haven't gotten around to it yet. It's "on my list".
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Old 10-14-2015, 12:09 PM
 
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Cash crop or other?
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Old 10-14-2015, 02:20 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I have a Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, Meyer Lemon, and several India Banyan trees that I grow indoors from about now until it warms up in spring. I also bring in the geraniums but they can stay out until it gets closer to freezing. I have tried growing herbs indoors but they tend to attract whiteflies, spidermites and other pests.
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Old 10-14-2015, 02:38 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I love those little plants on that website. The Asian Jasmine would smell like a lilac, I think. And some of the little begonias are cute. This little "greenhouse" is more like a cloche. It's only about 1 1/2' in length and you just cover the plants with it. But using it, I could keep the plants from drying out in the house in the winter.

I have a Christmas cactus and still have to bring the parsley plant inside.

All these suggestions to check out! I definitely am going to make something pretty for the coming winter.
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Old 10-19-2015, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Il
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I have a Mexican Fan Palm, a Sago Palm, various cacti, and I recently got a Cabbage Palm seedling I'm going to try to winter in doors.
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Old 10-19-2015, 09:53 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Inside, I've got fig tress, citrus, miniature roses, and just add some hydrangeas. I took all the pomegranates to a different location where it is warmer and planted them outside. I don't think any of those would fit into a terrarium.

If you cook, I suggest thyme. It smells nice, is cute to look at, and fresh thyme is great to cook with. Fushias can be kept really small and they will flower even when they are kept pinched back really small.
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