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Sixty Plants That Are Happy Growing In Containers

Tree fruits

1. Apples can be grown in a container; you can also grow them on the balcony or other small space using a technique called espaliering.

2. Kumquats

3. Avocados (there are plenty of extra tips online if you search)

4. Blackberries

5. Blueberries

6. Pomegranate

7. Cherries

8. Figs

9. Pears

Citrus fruits

Citrus trees in particular are said to be good for beginning gardeners and are easy to grow indoors, so don’t let inexperience or lack of outdoor space stop you from enjoying fresh-picked fruit.

10. Dwarf oranges

11. Grapefruit

12. Tangerines

13. Meyer lemons

14. Limes

Tropical fruits

Tropical fruits can also be surprisingly easy to grow indoors, even in non-tropical climates. Such as…

15. Bananas

16. Pineapple

17. Papaya

18. Guavas

The real surprises

19. Hops—yes!  As in the “spice” ingredient in beer.  Turns out they’re easy to grow on a trellis!

20. Aloe Vera

21. Strawberries

22. Tea (herbal teas)

23. Quinoa

The non-surprises

24. Tomatoes

25. Summer squash

26. Other squashes, like acorn squash, winter squash and pumpkins

27. Hot Peppers

28. Sweet peppers

29. Cucumbers


30. Small cantaloupe

31. Jenny Lind melon (an heirloom cantaloupe)

32. Golden Midget Watermelon


Just about any herb grows well indoors, just make sure that if you’re going to do any container-sharing, you do your research first about which herbs co-habitate well together. (Some will hog water, for example, and leave the others dried out.)

33. Basil

34. Oregano

35. Parsley

36. Rosemary

37. Chives

38. Catnip

39. Thyme

40. Sage

41. Parsley

Leafy Greens

42. Kale

43. Mesclun greens

44. Spinach

45. Swiss chard

46. Lettuces (plenty of options there, from micro-greens to head or loose-leaf)

47. Mustard greens

48. Collard greens

49. Arugula

Root Vegetables

50. Carrots

51. Beets

52. Potatoes

Other healthy-sounding stuff

53. Sprouts

54. Pole Beans

55. Wheatgrass

56. Kohlrabi

57. Mushrooms (tips online if you look)

58. Rutabagas

59. Sugar snap peas

60. Jerusalem Artichoke