Gardening has long been seen as one of the most rewarding ways to boost your mental and physical health.
It’s been shown to relieve stress, ward off dementia and keep you mentally fit, fight depression, and of course, give you locally-sourced food!
However, when your plants die, it’s easy to feel guilty.
If you’re not exactly on the list of the most influential gardeners, you may think that you’re the reason for sickly plants.
However, even if you’ve been blessed with a green thumb, you might not realize that it’s your plants’ environment that’s to blame, not you.
In this post, we’ll share with you our top ten best greenhouse plants. If you’re lucky enough to have a greenhouse, or a greenhouse kit, grow the following plants inside to help them to stay healthy and beautiful.
Best Greenhouse Plants You Should Grow
If you’re looking for one of the best greenhouse plants for beginners to grow, this Popeye-approved option is a great place to start!
First of all, if you have a heated greenhouse (or simply live in a warmer climate) you’ll be able to grow spinach year-round. Just make sure that you don’t subject your delicate spinach to sudden shifts in temperature.
Also, you’ll need to water it frequently and cut it several times throughout the season.
Geraniums are some of the best greenhouse plants possible, and they make for wonderful home decor and gifts for friends!
You’ll need to grow these in a pot in your greenhouse, which means they’re a great option for those who prefer a mess-free greenhouse.
Mix 3 parts of potting soil with about 1 cup of perlite, then add a bit of fertilizer. Plant no more than three seeds in a single pot.
Mist your geraniums gently each morning, and trim off any seedlings that don’t seem to take. Keep the temperature in your greenhouse between 60-75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Is there anything better than fresh herbs from your greenhouse?
It’s best for you to plant basil in October, and make sure you use especially fertile soil. To ensure pests don’t harm the basil, plant peppers and tomatoes alongside it.
One thing you need to be especially careful of is accidentally overwatering your basil plant. If you notice that the leaves near the bottom of the plant are yellow, it’s time to stop watering for a bit.
Water once a week for best results.
Place your young strawberries in a 6-inch wide planting container, that are about half-filled with organic compost.
Only put one transplant into each pot, and then cover their roots with the soil. In general, the best time to plant your strawberries is February, and they need to be kept at around 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Water your strawberries from the bottom to avoid rotting, and don’t be afraid to water them frequently when you first plant them — especially if you live in a dry climate.
When the strawberries are ready to eat, be prepared for them to taste a lot different from those you get at the grocery store!
These stunning and colorful flowers (especially the beautiful patterns their swirls create) are a welcome addition to any greenhouse.
If possible, ensure that your Begonias are exposed to humid conditions, and never keep the temperature lower than 60 degrees. Interestingly, begonias should be planted in what are referred to as small “Tuber” pots.
Put your Tuber pots in a larger, 5-inch square pot. The square pot should be filled with an equal mix of normal potting soil and seedling mix. Don’t completely submerge your Tuber into this soil, but be sure to get it as deep as you can.
Then, just sprinkle a little soil on top.
Avoid overwatering, as this can cause the plants to rot. The best way to water your Begonias?
Water around the Tuber, not directly on top of it.
African violets are stunning flowers and need to be exposed to temperatures between 60-75 degrees.
Luckily, you can plant them at any time of the year. The one thing to remember is that these plants will likely need their own grow lights. To ensure each part of the plant gets the light, rotate them once a week.
To keep things fresh, repot your African Violets about twice a year. When it comes to watering rules, only do it when the soil is dry, and avoid getting water on the leaves.
Orchids are a stunning addition to your greenhouse. You should keep the temperature in the greenhouse between 60-80 degrees, and should focus on proper ventilation.
For best results, consider adding a ceiling fan to prevent disease.
Fill the pot of your choice about halfway with moss or bark — not soil, which can harm orchids. Put the orchid in your pot, and fill up the rest of it with your moss or bark.
Once you notice that your bark or moss is dry, it’s time to water the orchids. However, this should be fairly infrequent, since orchids do well in dry conditions.
To close out our list of the best greenhouse plants and flowers, it’s time to talk about everyone’s favorite: roses.
Greenhouses are the ideal environment for roses, as they usually don’t do well in colder weather.
Keep your roses in a greenhouse between 70-80 degrees, and plant them in the fall for best results. We suggest planting your roses in 9-inch wide pots, with a 1.5 layer of small rocks lining the bottom. This will help the water to drain.
Next, fill the pot about halfway with soil, add your rose plants, and fill the rest of the pot with soil.
When you water, which you should do often, try to avoid watering the stem.
You’re Ready To Grow The Best Greenhouse Plants
Thanks to this post, you now have a list of some of the best greenhouse plants, greens, and flowers you can grow in your sanctuary. There’s only one question left: where can you find the right greenhouse?
The garden of your dreams is well within your reach.