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I want to grow a plant in my apartment in Manhattan

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 03, 2011 at 12:19 AM

I'm in grad school, in a tiny studio apartment. If it is allowed, I'd love to grow a plant -- better air quality, it's something green. Any tips on what kind of plant (including herbs I might cook with), or the best place to get one in NYC?

Thanks!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on October 03, 2011
at 07:10 PM

What may also be a good idea is garden cress. It grows extremely fast and is very nutritious. Nice taste too.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on October 03, 2011
at 07:09 PM

That's awesome!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on October 03, 2011
at 07:08 PM

I think my mother throws it away after 3 weeks. I'll keep trying anyways :)

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

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on October 03, 2011
at 03:36 PM

Also, I tried planting a few of them outside in a pot this summer, but the skunk that lives under my back porch dug and chewed them up within a week. Lesson learned. Definitely keep them indoors when trying to start them.

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

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on October 03, 2011
at 03:27 PM

How long are you waiting until you call it failed? Every resource I've read about it says it takes a month or more.

B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

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on October 03, 2011
at 02:18 PM

bonus: aloe vera juice is also great for the digestive tract ^_^

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on October 03, 2011
at 01:30 PM

Every time I eat an avocado, my mother tries this out. This is the 4th time she tried and it still failed :D. Anything we might be doing wrong?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on October 03, 2011
at 01:29 PM

I agree with aloe. Looks great and damn handy.

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on October 03, 2011
at 02:11 AM

I have to give a big thunbs up on the aloe...my mother actually treated two of my burns with the plant she grew in the attic. Awesome plant.

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on October 03, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Oh, a quick comment—if you do grow mint in combination with other herbs, plant it in its own pot. It's incredibly aggressive and will strangle nearby plants.

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on October 03, 2011
at 01:12 AM

i love my aloe plant, snap off a piece when i need some!

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B36613e945134be5813e6526f9a3a86c

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on October 03, 2011
at 12:55 AM

Kitchen herbs grow beautifully inside. Try basil, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme...I used to have a windowbox in my apartment in Brooklyn, and they all did just fine, provided they were getting enough water and sun.

The farmer's markets (Union Square if you're in Manhattan, Grand Army Plaza if you're in Brooklyn) can sell you seedlings and young plants, but really, it's probably cheapest and barely more work to buy seed packets.

B36613e945134be5813e6526f9a3a86c

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on October 03, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Oh, a quick comment—if you do grow mint in combination with other herbs, plant it in its own pot. It's incredibly aggressive and will strangle nearby plants.

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B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

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on October 03, 2011
at 02:18 PM

It was a kinda crazy idea ... but I googled 'how to grow herbs in my apartment' and found this blog post:

Shazam!

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on October 03, 2011
at 01:05 AM

This was in Brooklyn where sunlight is a little more common, but I had lemongrass, basil, thyme, rosemary, and a bunch of lettuce plants growing inside for quite some time until I moved and gave them away. You can get plants at the local farmer's markets, I think these were from UNion Square and Grand Army Plaza, but a lot of markets sell them. I got the pots at a local gardening store and the soil there too.

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on October 03, 2011
at 12:37 AM

I've kept a basil going for 2 years, and it still produces good leaves for garnish, though not enough for making pesto. If it's warm in the summer it goes outside, and indoors it takes as much light as is available. Trader Joes was selling 1 gallon size last spring for $4.

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C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

on October 03, 2011
at 04:01 AM

A friend of mine started growing avocado trees from pits in her home in Massachusetts, and I thought it was quite a cool idea. Stick some toothpicks in the pit and suspend it halfway into a glass of water. It's best to do this a few at a time; there's about a 40% chance that each one will sprout, and it will take a good 4-6 weeks. Once one sprouts a shoot, plant it into a pot, slightly exposed, for it to take root.

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

(3499)

on October 03, 2011
at 03:36 PM

Also, I tried planting a few of them outside in a pot this summer, but the skunk that lives under my back porch dug and chewed them up within a week. Lesson learned. Definitely keep them indoors when trying to start them.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on October 03, 2011
at 07:08 PM

I think my mother throws it away after 3 weeks. I'll keep trying anyways :)

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

(3499)

on October 03, 2011
at 03:27 PM

How long are you waiting until you call it failed? Every resource I've read about it says it takes a month or more.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on October 03, 2011
at 01:30 PM

Every time I eat an avocado, my mother tries this out. This is the 4th time she tried and it still failed :D. Anything we might be doing wrong?

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on October 03, 2011
at 02:38 AM

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on October 03, 2011
at 07:09 PM

That's awesome!

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