Q.Plants That Don’t Require Transfer Into The Ground, Zone 7B?
Hello, Could you provide a recommendation for a plant (an herb or a flowering plant) that can be grown in a 6″ planter year-round? The plant shouldn’t require transfer into the ground. The plant should grow relatively quickly and be able to withstand some neglect/environmental instability. The Zone is 7B. Both bulbs and seeds are fine. They’re for in-patient psychiatric patients, some of whom are kids. Low maintenance and robustness are essential. Regarding planting: how many seeds do you advise per pot? Thank you!
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There are a few flowering plants that will grow well inside but would be difficult to grow from seed. Flowers such as begonias (rhizomatous and fibrous), succulents such as Christmas cactus and kalanchoe, and African violets.
Small houseplants would do well inside, but are rarely grown from seed. Inexpensive and easy to propagate, your patients might like spider plant, pothos, heartleaf philodendron, aloe vera, or purple passion.
Outdoor-type perennials grown from seed could take two to three years to bloom and likely wouldn't get enough light indoors.
Some herbs do Ok inside but they have issues, too, if they don't get enough light.