10 Edible Plants You Can Grow in Your Apartment

Updated on April 23, 2019
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Are you living in a small apartment, but dreaming of harvesting food from the comfort of your own home to be cooked or eaten fresh? Growing plants in the city isn’t as impossible as you might think. There are plenty of fruit and vegetables that can thrive in an indoor environment or on your balcony. You don’t need to have a backyard to have a garden of your own.

Here are ten fruits and vegetables you can grow in your apartment so you can harvest your own organic food.

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1. Avocados

All you need to plant an avocado is an avocado. Once you’re done with the avocado you’ve bought from the store, save the big round pit at the center. Rinse the pit off, then stick four toothpicks into the base of the pit and suspend it over a glass of water with the bottom in the water and the tip above water. Place the glass on a well-lit windowsill and make sure to keep the water topped up. In a few weeks, roots will have sprouted from the pit, and it’s ready to be planted into a pot of soil. Once you’ve planted the seed, leave the pot in a sunny place and water it lightly but frequently.

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2. Herbs

Herbs don’t take up a lot of space, and many are fragrant, which makes them a great option to plant in your apartment. Basil, mint, cilantro, parsley, or even ginger are all great options if you love cooking with herbs but have a hard time stomaching the steep prices in the grocery store. Most herbs are easy to grow. Just find a sunny spot and remember to water regularly.

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3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes don’t need a big backyard. You can grow tomatoes in a pot as well! Just make sure to choose a pot that’s at least six inches wide, make sure it’s kept in a warm spot and gets at least twelve hours of light a day.

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4. Microgreens

Microgreens are super easy to take care of, are packed with micronutrients, and can be sprinkled onto almost any dish. Sprinkle the seeds onto a shallow dish of soil, keep the soil moist, and you’ll be eating the sprouts in no time.

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5. Garlic Greens

Garlic greens taste similar to spring onions and can easily be grown in a small four-inch pot with three to four garlic cloves. Put the pot on a sunny windowsill and water lightly.

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6. Mushrooms

Typically, you wouldn’t want to find mushrooms growing in your apartment. But edible mushrooms make delicious additions to any recipe. Shiitake mushrooms and Pearl Oyster mushrooms are two of the easier varieties you can grow at home. To cultivate mushrooms from scratch yourself can take a little bit of work, so the easiest way is to buy mushroom growing kits from Amazon or a specialty grocery store.

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7. Lemons

Small lemon trees not only look great as a houseplant, but they also smell delicious and they produce juicy fruits that you can use in salads, drop in a hot mug of tea, etc. Citrus trees can be a little trickier to take care of, but as long as you give it enough light (at least 8 to 12 hours of sunlight a day) and put it in a moist environment, you’re off to a good start.

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8. Bell Peppers

Bell peppers like a consistent environment, so they do very well in an indoor environment. They do need a little bit more space, however, because they require almost two gallons of soil. So if you’re renting a studio apartment, you may not be able to grow bell peppers. A two-bedroom or larger would be more suitable.

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9. Mandarin Oranges

If you love oranges, growing a mandarin tree can be an easy way to get your daily dose of vitamin C. Like lemon trees, mandarin trees need a lot of sun and should be grown in a spacious pot. Allow the soil to dry between waterings and make sure to harvest the oranges as soon as they turn a bright orange color.

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10. Salad Greens

Why waste money on leafy greens like romaine lettuce or spinach that will wilt and rot in the fridge after only a few days? Just buy starter packs to grow your own salad greens in warm, moist soil. Make sure the plants get plenty of sunlight, and you’ll soon be enjoying freshly harvested salad on the daily.

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      10 months ago

      The easiest plants to grow in an apartment are sprouts. Mung beans are the most common, but all beans and seeds will sprout. One of my favorites is lentils. Eat them in salads or butter-steam them with other vegetables. Look up instructions for growing sprouts on the Internet.

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      KV Lo 

      24 months ago

      @Sara, That's amazing! I'm contemplating adding a basil plant to my home since I love fresh basil and buying from the herb section at the grocery store is so expensive. Thanks for reading!

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      Sara mshealthesteem.com 

      24 months ago

      It's so much fun to grow your own food and living in an apartment definitely shouldn't stop you.

      I already love to grow my own herbs and microgreens indoors but I'm super excited to try growing some garlic greens. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      KV Lo 

      24 months ago

      @Gaman, I'm glad! Thanks for reading!

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      24 months ago

      Those are lovely to have in my apartment. Thanks for the idea!


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