13 Houseplants You Can Grow from Seed


Looking to spruce up your living space with some indoor plants but want to try your hand at growing them from seed? We’ve provided a list of thirteen different houseplants you can grow from seed…it’s easier than you think.

Some may take a few weeks to bloom while others may take years, but all of these unique plants offer a wonderful addition to any home décor and liven up any living space with a breath of fresh air and color.

African Violets

african violet

African violets are a colorful addition to any home office or living space and are fairly easy to grow from seed. The seeds should be spread in a moist medium such as peat moss and lightly misted. Keep them under indirect sunlight or in fluorescent lighting and they will grow within a few weeks.

Gloxinia

Gloxinia houseplant

Gloxinia are a beautiful relative of African violets with deep purple flowers outlined in white. Like African violets, they enjoy humidity so it’s best to place your seed pot in a plastic bag at the beginning until the plant begins to grow. Gloxinia can grow up to 10 inches tall and thrive best in indirect sunlight.

Cat Grass

cat grass with cat in background

If you have feline friends around the house, you need to be wary when choosing your plants. But cat grass is a safe option that has been used by cat lovers for years. It’s very easy to grow from seed at any time of year. If you soak your cat grass seeds in water before you plant them, it will result in faster germination.

Unlike regular grass growing in your lawn that can make your cat puke, cat grass is safe for your kitty to munch on.

Asparagus Fern

Asparagus fern, close up and in pot

While not a common indoor plant, asparagus fern (Asparagus setaceus) can add a touch of delicacy to any room with its feathery foliage. Easy to grow from seed, asparagus fern will grow in about three to four weeks. Asparagus fern is actually an evergreen that in the wild produces small white flowers and dark purple berries in the summer.

Peace Lily

propagate a peace lily plant showing large plant in bathroom

Peace lilies are one of the most popular houseplants and can be grown from seed at any time of the year. You’ll have to be patient with this indoor plant, however, because it usually takes several years for the plant to fully mature and produce flowers. Peace lilies make great houseplants because they cleanse the air of toxins like carbon monoxide.

Living Stone

living stone plant

Living stone is a unique succulent that looks exactly as it sounds, like rocks that are alive. These plants which are native to Africa can be grown from seed and begin to germinate after a few weeks. After about a year, the living stone will naturally multiply by splitting themselves in half to create a clone.

Coleus

coleus plant

Coleus is a beautiful leafy plant that is very easy to grow from seed. It was one of the first indoor plants I tried growing from seed and I soon found by myself swamped with plants!

It comes in a variety of colors and combinations including bright pinks, dark crimsons, and various shades of green. Coleus makes a great houseplant especially in the winter as they are not very tolerant of colder temperatures.

Cactus

small cacti on window sill indoors

Cactus is a very popular indoor plant and can come in many different shapes and sizes. Like the peace lily plant, cactus plants can be grown from seed but are slow growers. They can take several years to reach even 1 inch in size. Despite this, they are easy to grow from seed and offer a fun look to your décor. Since they are extremely drought resistant, they also do not require copious amounts of watering.

English Ivy

ivy leaf

English ivy (Hedera helix) is a very hardy plant and grows very quickly even when grown from seed. Its beautiful dark green leaves accent any home and its tendency to climb make it a unique fixture as an indoor houseplant. While toxic if ingested, English ivy does provide a beneficial service to any living space by purifying the air of toxins such as octane and toluene.

Ponytail Palm

ponytail palm

Ponytail palms (Beaucarnea recurvata) are a popular houseplant which sport a bulbous trunk with palm leaves that grow in a formation similar to that of a horse’s tail. These fun little plants can be grown from seed and require warm, humid conditions to thrive. Ponytail palms are also called elephant’s foot because they store water at the base of their trunks causing it to swell.

Lavender

lavender indoor plant in pot, and close up

Lavender is a beautiful and functional addition to any houseplant collection. It can be grown from seed and germinates at around two weeks. Once the flowers began to sprout but before they open up to bloom, they can be harvested, dried, and used for baking or steeped as a tea. Lavender leaves are also a useful herb for cooking and can serve as a substitute for rosemary.

Rubber Plant

bushy rubber plant

Rubber plants (Ficus elastica) are great houseplants for those starting out and growing them from seed is very easy. They will begin to sprout after a week and make great statement pieces in any living space. If well cared for, rubber plants can be very long lived; in the wild, they can live for as long as 100 years!

Anthurium

anthurium

Anthurium are a lovely hardy plant that can be easily grown from seed sown in vermiculite and kept indoors. Their unique glossy heart shaped leaves give a tropical feel to any room and brighten up any work space. While it may appear that they produce flowers, these orange, pink, or white “blooms” are actually specialized leaves which protects the actual flower of the plant.

Final thoughts on houseplants you can grow from seed

Whether you’re looking for an economical way to grow indoor plants or just want a fun project, houseplants you can grow from seed are ideal.

Some plants require a bit more humidity or light than others, while some require more time, but all of the plants listed above are easy to grow and maintain. From the richly purple gloxinia flowers to the fun and fancy-free ponytail palm, there is something for everyone.

As well as looking beautiful, these houseplants can also be a great conversation piece…just watch your friend’s jaw drop when you say you grew them from seed!

About the author 

Paul - Better Houseplants

Loves orchids and foliage houseplants. Always trying to be a better plant parent. Let's get growing!

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