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Surviving Winter With an Indoor Garden

Houseplants to the rescue!

Surinder Chadha is welcoming us into his indoor garden today.

I live in northern New Jersey, where I have a large outdoor summer garden from May through October. Being an avid gardener, I also have an indoor winter garden from November through April. For indoor gardening, space is an issue. Luckily, my home has high ceilings, and I hang most of the large plants from the ceiling. Some hanging baskets are as large as twenty inches. Every year I have between 80 and 100 indoor plants, including multiple varieties of begonia, philodendron, yews, ferns, Tradescantia (Tradescantia zebrina), ivy (Hedera helix), geranium (Pelargonium hybrids), and spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum). In addition, I have a few very fragrant blooming plants such as queen of night and jasmine, as well as a collection of spring- and winter-blooming cacti, jade plant (Crassula ovata), ever blooming oxalis, pepperoni, snake plant (Sansevieria sp.), and a few other varieties.

Surinder’s indoor garden. The large windows and skylights keep that multitude of plants happy.

A large begonia gets enough light from these windows to stay in full flower. The contrast to the drab, winter view outside couldn’t be stronger!

A flowering plant of Oxalis triangularis sits atop of shelf of beautiful treasures.

A blooming begonia takes place of pride.

Plants tumbling down from hanging containers make this beautiful room feel like it is in the middle of a jungle. Not a bad trick when it is actually the middle of winter!

More lush, happy, hanging plants frame the view. If you want to recreate this look in your own home but aren’t lucky enough to have as much light as Surinder, try starting with a pothos (Epipremnum aureum), which is the plant that is tumbling down the right side of this photo. It is incredibly tolerant of less-than-ideal conditions and can fill nearly any room with greenery.

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  1. nwphillygardener 01/14/2019

    Surinder: Do you do anything special to add moisture in the air to keep your plants healthy? Also, for plants that have come inside from outdoors like the dragon wing begonia, do you treat them in away to avoid bringing white fly or other insects into your beautiful interior spaces?

  2. paiya 01/14/2019

    Surinder, with all your lush greenery, you can’t have the winter “blues”. All your plants look as if they are thriving. How do you water all the high hanging plants?
    NWPhilly, we use an organic spray on plants before we bring them indoors for the winter, although there are still a few that will have whitefly through the winter-we spray those with a mixture of dish washing liquid and water, and try to keep the humidity high

  3. mjensen 01/14/2019

    beautiful,i love plants

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    treasuresmom 01/14/2019

    Surinder, love all those windows that provide light. No reason you have so many lovely plants in the middle of the winter.

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    meander_michaele 01/14/2019

    Good morning, Surinder. Your collection of houseplants and how you display them is really quite outstanding. I can't help but wonder...what came first? ...the beautiful light filled rooms that seemed to beg out for greenery? or the plants themselves and you did some serious remodeling? The results are all just perfect and, however it came about, it was meant to be.

  6. cheryl_c 01/14/2019

    What a lovely home and indoor garden you have created! Thank you for sharing your healthy plants and your light-filled home. Just gorgeous!

  7. Musette1 01/14/2019

    Surinder, this is just the tonic needed for a foggy, snowbound day (here in IL). Thanks for sharing your gorgeous indoor garden!

  8. Chris_N 01/14/2019

    It's great seeing your indoor garden again, Surinder. What a great way to keep the gardening passion going and keep the winter blahs at bay!

  9. Cenepk10 01/14/2019

    Love the loveliness. Especially the oxalis... which I found out is a weed down under.... Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  10. btucker9675 01/14/2019

    The begonias are especially lovely. I have lots of indoor plants in pots large and small, but none hanging like in your beautiful display. Wonderful!

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    LauraWilliams 01/15/2019

    It's so beautiful!!

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    DeweyMessier 01/16/2019

    Very pretty!

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    BenjaminShaw 01/17/2019

    Love it!

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    RonaldTague 07/06/2019

    i like it

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