When you think of an indoor garden, a cute wooden window box filled with flowerless succulents, bug-eating pitcher plants, and big purple lilies that smell like rotting flesh probably aren’t what you had in mind. Yes, winter might prevent you from successfully planting a thriving, blooming, fragrant garden– besides, that’s more of a spring thing– so we figure, hey, an indoor garden might be an opportunity to bring on the weird and the unusual. We’ve gathered some of the stranger yet easy-to-grow indoor plants to put the “chill” in chilly weather!
The quintessential of all weird plants, carnivorous plants like Venus flytraps and pitcher plants capture our attention and curiosity like little children, and with movie exploits like “The Little Shop of Horrors”, we are just that much more tempted to stick our fingers in there and see what happens. A Carnivorous Creations kit provides everything to get your miniature meat-munching mayhem started: the dome, plant mixture, some stickers and rocks for the container, and TEN different types of carnivorous plant seeds, including the aforementioned Venus flytrap, various pitcher plants, cobra lilies, and sundew plants. Not sure what any of the latter ones are? Check out National Geographic’s photo gallery on carnivorous plants in action and see what green carnage looks like .
If sadistic plants aren’t really your thing, try a friendlier Aloe Vera plant. Even if you’re great at killing house plants, Aloe Vera will love you: as a succulent, it requires little watering and some sun (not direct sun). Its long spindly leaves grow upwards and out, and it can usually resist most pests and bugs. The mucus-like gel in its leaves can be found in certain juices, teas, and lotions and is known for its medicinal properties– which you will find particularly useful after burns in the kitchen or even sunburns!
Vegetable gardens are always fun and rewarding to grow, and the ghost chili might be among the hardest to eat after harvesting. In 2007, Guinness World Records officiated it the world’s hottest chili with a Scoville rating of over 1,000,000 heat units! Consider that Tabasco sauce has a rating between 3500-8000, and habanero chiles as being between 350,000–580,000… Yea, THAT hot. This ghost chili kit comes with the telltale pot you see above, along with soil and seeds. We recommend eating your harvest with an ice chest full of milk, and be sure to clear your schedule.
Nicknamed the corpse flower, the Voodoo Lily is a fuchsia lily with a stench described best as “dead mice in a plastic bags for a couple of days”. Despite this intimidating illustration, it only stinks for a few hours when in bloom (like that alleviates your skepticism for growing it) and is surprisingly easy to grow: keep soil dry in the winter, moist in the spring. Check out more Voodoo lily care tips, and should you decide to try it out, please let us know how it turns out!
Ain’t no weather gonna rain on our weird parade! Even if you decide to stick with herb gardens or vegetable growing, we root for you and your green thumb in spite of gray weather! Hooray for funky flowers and creepy carnivorous plants!