If you’ve landed on this page, you’re probably wondering: what plants can I grow in Pico.
Growing your first plant can be quite intimidating. There are infinite plants to choose from, but if you’ve never grown plants before this can get a little hard for you. Some plants are tougher to grow, care and need a lot of attention which is not ideal for gardening newbies. If you want to green up your space but you’re new to plant parenthood and want to grow plants with the least effort and time, then you’re in the right place.
Here we have listed down some of the easiest plants to grow in Pico that anyone can grow.
So, without any further ado, let’s get into it!
Herbs are one of the most rewarding and easiest plants to grow-even for those with black thumbs! Herbs can make your daily meals from good to great with their lively color, flavor, and texture. If you want to grow herbs for livening up your everyday dishes, you can start with these 5 easy to grow herbs that can be a versatile addition to your kitchen garden with plenty of great benefits.
Basil is an extremely flavourful herb popular for its taste and versatility. It is used in pizzas, salads, sauces, and pesto. It is easy to start with seeds and cuttings. Basil seeds take 3-4 days to germinate. It is a warm-weather plant, super sensitive to cold, so make sure the room temperature is not less than 70oF (21oC).
Peppermint, Spearmint, Apple mint are some of the varieties of mint. You can use it in drinks like mojito or as a garnish. It provides remarkable health benefits from healthy gut to stronger immunity. Mint is easy to propagate through stem cuttings as it saves a lot of time required for the germination (10-15 days).
Parsley has so many uses in the kitchen because of its fresh taste and strong flavor. It is a little slow to germinate and can take around 12-14 days. However, you can speed up the process by soaking seeds in water overnight before seeding.
Cilantro is a versatile flavorful herb used in most of the cuisines. Cilantro seeds take 2-3 weeks to germinate and plants are fairly short-lived. So, to get a continuous supply of fresh cilantro, sow seed 2 weeks before the harvest.
Every part of the chive can be used including its flowers and bulb. Chives are a super addition to your kitchen garden. Their leaves and flowers can be used as garnishes, while their bulbs can be eaten raw or cooked. Chives seeds take 10-14 days to sprout.
If you want to grow food to contribute to your meal, you can start with the ones that your family enjoys eating or will be willing to try. Growing food is one of the most empowering things that create the freshest, healthiest, eco-friendliest, least costly, and most delicious food, and importantly, gives us the control over how and what to produce.
Here are five excellent vegetables that you can grow in your pico.
Spinach is best to direct sow. Spinach can be planted year-round in most climates as it is weather friendly. It can survive in weather as low as 40 oF (5oC).
2. Mini tomato
Tomato plants are so quick to grow that you can watch them grow every day. Choose a dwarf bushy variety like a micro tom or tiny Tim. Dwarf and bushy varieties do not need staking, you just need to add water and feed them with organic or synthetic fertilizer.
3. Dwarf Chili pepper
Chilli peppers are easier to grow from seed in the late spring. It takes less time to mature than for a larger bell pepper to fill out. Hot peppers also have a built-in defense system that repels pests. Look for a dwarf chili variety that can be grown to full size in Pico.
4. Mini Sweet pepper
Sweet peppers are used in so many popular dishes from pasta to omelets, to salads and tacos for their tasty crunch. They are easy to start with seeds or transplants. Choose small fruit peppers as they ripen faster.
5. Dwarf pea
Peas are easy to grow and enjoy cooler weather. All they need is a little support for their stem-simply attach the stem to the telescopic arm of Pico with the help of a wire or a thread. You’ll be amazed by how amazing fresh peas can taste and the pride you take in sharing that with your loved ones.
Microgreens are incredibly easy to grow with the least time and effort. It is a fun growing project to do with kids as they are ready to eat in just 1-2 weeks. Microgreens are a superfood, high on nutrition, and tasty choice to supplement to your healthy diet. Microgreens are used in a variety of foods as garnish and ingredients in salads, sandwiches. They can be effortlessly grown throughout the year at room temperature.
Here are 5 microgreen families that are easy to grow and healthy to eat.
1. Brassicaceae Family
Radish, Cabbage, Broccoli, Mustard, and Cauliflower
One of the fastest-growing microgreens family. They are supercharged with nutritionally dense leaves that are concentrated with minerals and vitamins.
2. Amaranthaceae Family
Amaranth, Spinach, Swiss chard, and Beet
These microgreens are nutritional powerhouse yet super tender and surprisingly sweet. The bright vibrant colors give a stunning look to your meal.
3. Apiaceae Family
Dill, Celery, Cilantro, Fennel, and Carrot
They are powerful refreshing microgreens that come with a plethora of health benefits. It supports your digestion and helps to maintain a healthy gut.
4. Asteraceae Family
Lettuce, Endive, Chicory, and Radicchio
These are loaded with tons of nutrients that do everything from keeping your hair shiny to protecting you from diabetes and cancer. It supports your immune system and protects you against various health concerns.
5. Amaryllidaceae Family
Onion, Leek, and Garlic
They are richly flavored and it is an excellent source of powerful antioxidants that boosts your immunity. It also soothes the intestinal tract by treating intestinal microbes.
Houseplants & Flowering plants
If you want to grow plants to keep your space lively with their vibrant and mesmerizing color then you may consider growing houseplants or flowering plants that will even help to clean the environment and air around you. They are low-maintenance, durable, and hard to kill making them very easy to care for.
The following are 5 houseplants & flowering plants that are fairly easy to grow & keep alive.
1. Succulents & Cacti
Succulents & Cacti are the most forgiving and low-maintenance plants. They tend to thrive in warm, dry conditions and are pretty much tough- can withstand a very long time without water, however, they are very sensitive to overwatering and can even die out.
They are one of the easiest and most interesting plants to grow. They are cute looking virtually indestructible plants. They are strong enough to thrive anywhere and will give a little pop of green to your space. Their bright round eye-catching foliage is highly ornamental and can spruce up your space making it even more beautiful.
Petunia is the most durable and prolific flowering plant that has a long flowering period. They are simple and easy to care for. The best thing about petunia is temperature tolerant and can thrive even in temperatures as low as 39oF (4oC).
Cockscombs are extremely easy to start with seeds and can add a unique dimension to your space. Different varieties of cockscomb are available in the market with vibrant contrasting colors. The burgundy or red variant is the most popular variety. They prefer cool weather and moist, well-drained soil.
They are popular cool-weather flowers that grow best at temperatures below 64oF (18oC). They are easy to grow, care and do not need a lot of attention-are perfect for gardening beginners. Their beautiful colored flowers can be a wonderful addition to your indoor garden space.
And that’s it! we’re more than confident that your first plant set up should have been damn easy!
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