Grow Edible Flowers Indoors
Up until now, growing flowers indoors has usually been limited to bulbs or houseplants. Many bulbs like daffodils or hyacinths can be forced to bloom early and there are plenty of houseplants like violets or peace lily’s that offer flowers throughout the year.
Plants that are considered annuals, like geraniums, can be brought indoors to over winter in northern climates as well. All of those are wonderful options for interior flowering plants.
What if you wanted to grow edible flowers indoors though?
The kind you can only see happily blooming in a garden during spring and summer? It is now possible thanks to the latest advancements in countertop garden devices.
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First, let me briefly explain something about ‘EDIBLE’ flowers. Just because a flower is listed as being safe to eat, does not mean that it tastes delicious, no matter how pretty it is. In fact, many edible flowers are down right bitter.
However, that does not mean that they cannot be used to garnish an entree or top a decadent dessert. Have you ever heard of a flowerfetti? Try swapping out those sugary sprinkles used for topping cupcakes and ice-cream with real dried edible flowers for a treat your guests won’t forget!
I have several posts on edible flowers here on the website with many wonderful recipes.
Growing flowers indoors can be a challenge because they need lots and lots of light. Long spring and summer days of sunlight are what trigger the flowering process in most annual and edible plants.
They also require a specific kind of light that mimics the full spectrum of the suns rays.
Then you need to apply a proper feeding program. It is recommended to fertilize flowering plants every third watering. All of these requirements can seem a little complicated but I have something really cool to show you.
THIS IS ME… GARDENING!
Yes, I am planting flowers… on my countertop. I didn’t even have to get my hands dirty and everything I need to water, feed and give these flowers light is all put together in this Aero Garden planter.
No, this did not in anyway take away the ‘real’ garden experience since I will always do that too. Actually, I loved discovering yet another new way to grow. This little unit checks a lot of boxes for me and will for you too!
Photos: Amber Breen Photography
EASY SET UP
SMALL SPACE GARDEN
PROVIDES REQUIRED LIGHT
INCLUDES FEEDING PROGRAM
Aero Gardens come in all sorts of colours and range in size as well as different levels of technical features. The units remind you when to water and when to feed while the light turns off at pre-set times according to what you are growing.
The seed pod kit I’m growing in this unit is the Incredible Edibles Flowers. There are SO many more kits to choose from depending on what you want to grow. Herbs, salad greens, smoothie mixes… you name it!
So, how did I end up with this countertop gardening device? The folks over at Aero Gardens were happy to supply me with some units to test and review for my new book, Countertop Gardens.
I reached out to several companies and requested different types of indoor gardening units that ranged from hydroponic, soil-less, and aquaponic gardening. The Aero Garden was one of my favourites to work with and the results were as promised.
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Hydroponics and aquaponics are explained easily in this How-To book along with the best edible varieties for growing indoors. Countertop Gardens includes honest reviews on the latest growing devices plus easy DIY projects that will help you grow edibles using just a few square inches on your countertop.
If you are looking for ways to grow edible flowers indoors as well as many other kitchen edibles using growing units like this, then this book is for you. I give a full review of how and what I grew in my Aero Gardens as well as share many other cool units worth considering too.
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