Last week I wrote a post about the garden I have in my apartment patio and you guys loved it! I’ll be honest, I was a little surprised by how many views and comments that post already has. So I’ve decided to expand the post into a series focused on feeling magickal in a small living space.
As a companion to my patio garden, I thought I’d start off with a little indoor gardening since I know a lot of you who live in apartments and cities don’t necessarily have more than a windowsill to hold your gardens. First, I’m going to give you a tour of my indoor plants and then we’ll discuss magickal houseplants you can grow too!
Indoor Garden Tour
Now, I don’t have as many indoor plants as I would like because my apartment gets very little direct sunlight. It’s nice and bright but with almost entirely East facing windows in the whole house (with the exception of one North facing), there’s not a lot of light getting into the nooks and crannies.
However, I do like to have some greenery around so I have this little trooper on the kitchen table:
I bought the spider plant to sit on the end of a tall cabinet but it very nearly shriveled up and died from the lack of sunlight. Once we finally moved it to the window, voila! It almost immediately sprouted babies.
The only plant in the house that doesn’t seem to mind the lack of direct sunlight is the succulent we have over the kitchen sink. I had a few tiny succulents and decided it was a great idea to plant one of them in a votive candle holder I had hung on the wall. I really didn’t expect it to survive, frankly, but I thought it would look nice for a while. Much to my surprise, despite no water drainage and no sunlight, the plant has grown about six inches in the past three months and since has sprouted a second branch. A bit of magick perhaps?
I’ll be honest, there is also an ivy plant in our kitchen but I’m not sharing a picture of it because, well because as of yesterday, it’s officially been declared beyond saving. Not sure what killed it because it was doing fine, we changed nothing, and then it slowly started dying with no hope for revival. What can I say? My green thumb only reaches so far. The key to indoor gardening is really just trial and error – seeing what plants work in your space and how you and your space feel about certain plants.
It also helps to, you know, water them once in a while.
Upstairs in my bedroom, I have a terrarium of succulents which you’ve seen before because it also functions as the Earth element on my altar:
Last but not least, I have a small green houseplant next to my bed which honestly, I think is so important. Even though I felt like I had decorated my room, I had lived there for almost five months before I finally got any plants in my bedroom and as soon as I did, I had this totally unexpected sense of completion. All of a sudden, my space felt whole, as if the room had been missing that element of life.
Plus, I fell in love with this planter at Target and had to find something to thrive in it!
I also can’t overemphasize the power of cut flowers. Although it may not seem as magickal to go to your local flower shop and purchase a bouquet as it would to, a) grow them yourself or b) gather them in a softly sunlit field, having flowers in the house is proven to uplift spirits. Even if it’s just a single stem in a bud vase, flowers will make a huge difference in your mood and your magick.
So without further rambling, what plants can you grow in your apartment or small space?
10 Magickal Plants to Grow Indoors
- Herbs: Basil, Mint, Thyme and Oregano should all do well in a sunny windowsill
- Philodendron for happiness and love
- Bamboo palm for cleansing spaces
- Boston fern for protection, luck and weather spells
- English ivy for healing and protection
- Orchid for love, friendship and healing
- Succulents for love, abundance and moon magick
- Cactus for banishing and protection
- Spider plant for purification
- Anthurium for love and beauty
For now, that’s pretty much all she wrote. Maybe once I have more indoor plants, I’ll do an updated version of this post! What plants do you grow inside?