Best Plants to Grow for Apartment Dwellers

Published: October 4, 2014

I've grown plants in pots since I was young. Apartment dwellers have limited space, and if you want to grow plants that's a problem. The biggest challenge I've found is planting things with limited space that will actually produce results you'll be happy with, as long as you make sure to water them. Miracle Grow is like mana from heaven for the apartment gardener, but here is a list of plants that will reward you for your hard work. 

  1. Tomatoes

    Tomatoes can work in pots, but you'll need to fertilize, or you won't get a lot. Once a week with Miracle Grow, tops. If you're going to go that far, why not settle for a little pinache? Grow Yellow Pear Tomatoes.

  2. Lettuce

    Lettuce is basically leaves. You can grow a forrest, and harvest the leaves when they're babies for a tender salad, even better than if you grow them to adulthood. I ususally gravitate towards Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce, but hey, go nuts. 

  3. Potatoes

    Yes, you read that right. You'll need a bigger pot than the others, but you can just as easily grow them in a smaller one. Plants like these grow like vines, and come back every year. You could propagate it from potato buds (or eyes as they're called), or you could go all out and get some Blue Potatoes.

  4. Cucumber

    Yeah, you read that right as well. This one if you juice it with fertilizer you can really go far, and get tons of Cucumbers out of comparatively small pots. 

  5. Basil

    Fresh basil is infinitely superior to dried, and they charge big bucks for it in trendy markets. Lucily it's easy to grow (like lettuce, it's just leaves). Oriental Basil is my favorite, but there are many varieties to choose from. 

  6. Hot Peppers

    Pepper plants are small for the most part, making them ideal garden container plants. Thai Hot Peppers are my current favorite since they do well even without fertilization, and kick like a mule when they ripen and you eat them. 

  7. Oregano

    Fresh Oregano is a rare treat - you never seen this even in trendy shops. The biggest challenge in growing oregano is letting it grow and not eating it all. Otherwise, it's great for pots. 

  8. Mint

    Growing Mint in pots works like a charm! Great for a fresh mojito. Spearmint even if you manage to get your hands on the plants. 

  9. Strawberries

    Strawberries in pots definitely work, and as a bonus they come back every year. If you've never had a sun ripened berry as opposed to store-bought, this is worth the effort. With this one, the more loving care you give the plant, the more it will shower you with berries. Don't expect bushels of them though. There are some things even growing in pots can't do. 

  10. Eggplant

    Another shocker, Eggplant does awfully well in pots, produces striking purple flowers and will actually give you an eggplant reliably. The downside? Unlike other entrants in this list, homegrown eggplant tastes exactly like the type you get at the store. I've heard worse reasons to grow things. 

There's a decent amount that can be done to have a garden even when you don't have the space. All of these can be put in pots and put on a fire escape, or on a step. It takes some time investment, but all of these plants will reward you for time put in. Happy Growing!