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Surinder’s Indoor Garden

Houseplants allow the gardening to continue all year

Today’s GPOD is a reminder that a great garden doesn’t just have to be outside, nor does gardening have to end when winter sets in.

I am Surinder Chadha, a resident of northern New Jersey. I am a Master Gardener who enjoys year-round gardening. Gardening has been my hobby for sixty-five years. Like most other gardening hobbyists, I enjoy my outdoor summer garden. I am lucky to have an elevated deck on three sides of my home that gives me an opportunity to enjoy a big outdoor summer garden while avoiding the rampant deer population in New Jersey. In winter, I enjoy my indoor garden with a wide variety of plants such as multiple varieties of Begonia, spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum), silver inch plant (Tradescantia zebrina), Asparagus fern (Asparagus setaceus), Boston ferns (Nephrolepis exaltata), bougainvillea, Thanksgiving and Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera hybrids), Ficus, purple passion plant (Gynura aurantiaca), queen of the night (Epiphyllum oxypetalum), multiple varieties of jade plant (Crassula ovata), crown of thorns (Euphorbia milii), Oxalis, and multiple varieties of Philodendron such as green, polka dot, golden, and split leaf. There are few other exotic plants whose names I do not know.

pink begoniaFlowering houseplants, like this pink begonia, typically need very bright light to keep blooming through the winter.

houseplantsThese huge skylights let in tons of light to allow Surinder’s houseplants to thrive. But if you aren’t lucky enough to have that much natural light, remember that modern LED light bulbs produce good-quality light for plants and are very energy efficient, making them a practical choice to add light where you don’t have windows.

hanging houseplantsThere is a lot of interest right now in rare and unusual (often variegated) houseplants, but any houseplant that is healthy and thriving is a wonderful addition to the house.

lots of houseplantsI love how the high ceilings allow these hanging plants to trail to huge, dramatic lengths.

growing houseplantsEvery corner of the home has houseplants, bringing life and beauty to the space through the long winter.

large houseplantsWhat a magical space! I wonder how old some of these plants are. If you are impatient to have huge houseplants, lots of light and fertilizer will help. If you don’t have a lot of light indoors, putting your plants outside in a shaded spot for the summer will help them bulk up faster.

annuals insideBegonias are often grown as annuals outside, but many of them will make the transition to houseplants for the winter easily and bring a lot of beauty. Plus, you can save on buying new annuals in the spring.

pothosHuge spider plants and pothos (Epipremnum aureum) make a beautiful curtain of green. Both of these plants are very easy to grow (particularly the pothos) and widely available, so there is every reason to get some for your own indoor space!


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  1. spauldingmary 01/12/2021

    Wondering how you manage to keep all these plants watered. Specially the ones hanging from the high ceilings.

  2. annek 01/12/2021

    You have so many beautiful and healthy houseplants. I also enjoyed all the paintings on your walls and that fabulous ice blue coffee table! Gorgeous photos

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    cynthia2020 01/12/2021

    Surinder - I enjoyed seeing your beautiful green and healthy plants today in your lovely light-filled home. Thank you for sharing your plant list and what works for you. By the way, I noticed the little hellebore - I have one of the same!

  4. CTpat 01/12/2021

    Can any one tell me how to get to previous posts by the same person? I can't find anyplace to search. I'm sure I've seen at least one other post by Surinder, but it was a while ago. The same question came up about watering. I can't remember the answer, but our ceilings aren't nearly high enough to allow hanging pots. That begonia is impressive.

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      simplesue 01/12/2021

      You just type her name into the top area of this page next to the magnifying glass which is a symbol for "search"....and about 6 posts of her garden come up.

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        simplesue 01/12/2021

        Ignore these instruction...use the ones below.

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      simplesue 01/12/2021

      At the top area of this page- click on the magnifying glass which is a symbol for "search", an area to type comes up- type I her name....and about 6 posts of her garden come up.

    3. shegardens 01/12/2021

      If you go to the search tool at the top of the page/screen, you should be able to find previous articles by entering that person’s name.

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    simplesue 01/12/2021

    I agree with" spauldingmary" I want to know your advice for watering hanging house you use any type of moisture retentive house plant soil, or have some device to slowly feed water to them? Mine always dry out and I'm getting too old to climb ladders these days.
    Wow what a beautiful home you have! Such a nice vibe with all the big windows, light, plants, art, etc.
    The blooming pink Begonia is so amazing seeing it all pink in bloom inside!

  6. alicefleurkens 01/12/2021

    Beautiful plants but how do you water them

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    treasuresmom 01/12/2021

    Beautiful as always.

  8. Sunshine111 01/12/2021

    So beautiful! Your home is so lovely and welcoming! I would make a mess every time I watered, but I am sure you don’t!

  9. btucker9675 01/12/2021

    You've created your own inside Garden of Eden. I have a lot of house plants, but nothing compared to yours! Thank you for sharing your home with us.

  10. ellen255 01/12/2021

    Drool worthy space! So artfully & elegantly done.
    Am going to study this one!
    Yes, how do you maintain? Thank you for sharing.

  11. CTpat 01/13/2021

    Thank you for the search advice. I found what I was looking for--he uses a ladder to water the plants once a week. They have attached (I think) saucers and he puts towels on the floor to be on the safe side. Great form of exercise!

  12. DallasPlantLover 01/14/2021

    I love the look and style of your home, and the amazing plants everywhere make it a gorgeous eden. Very inspiring! 😊

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