How To Make An Indoor Greenhouse For Your Apartment

To have a greenhouse by your side, you don’t always need a backyard. What if you live in an apartment? You can still go and buy a small indoor greenhouse for yourself, right? Small greenhouses are enough to keep you busy in your apartment as you can put all your plants there.

To make a small indoor greenhouse, you will need to follow the right instructions first, or else things might go wrong. Let me show you a step-by-step process of doing it.

Indoor Greenhouse in Your Apartment: How to Set Up

Understand your needs and wants

Before you go out and start buying the important equipment, you need to know what you are looking for. Remember, your apartment won’t have space for a lot of pots or labels. Identify what you wish to get.

First, think about what type of plants you want to grow; it can be flowers, fruits, vegetables, and many more. Then think about your apartment’s space and size. Your greenhouse will have its own height and width, so be careful.

Your plants will need a lot of sunlight and fresh air, so see if you have enough open windows in your apartment or not. Lastly, if you have pets, they might play with your plants while you’re not around. This might become a big mess if you are not careful.

So, consider these situations and think about your wants and needs before you make your own greenhouse.

Pick Your Plants wisely

Once you determine what type of greenhouse you want, you need to pick the right plants for your homemade greenhouse. Since there are different types of plants, you need to be careful about what you choose. You can sow small plants that will stay small, or you can grow plants that will be tall enough to spread branches all over your apartment.

Let’s check out three types of plants for your indoor greenhouse,

  • Herbs

These plants will fill your apartment with some amazing smell. Forget about air fresheners; just go and get some herbs for your apartment. They can grow in any situation and any place. If you plan to get some herbs, I can suggest you basil, mint, rosemary, and thyme.

  • Green Salads

Salads will grow taller, and their green leaves will be noticeable. Yes, they will grow big and look beautiful but don’t let them grow too much. If put in the right place, these green leaves will keep spreading their beauty.

  • Flowers

Fruits are always fun to grow. You will be able to see a fruit enlighten from its initial stage to become mature enough to consume it. The process itself is amazing to watch. But let me warn you, growing fruits inside an apartment won’t be a cup of tea.

Time to set up

Now that you know which type of plants you want to plants, it’s time to gather the supportive essentials. Since you will DIY an indoor greenhouse, you will need a list of materials to set up your plants and the greenhouse. Stay with me.

Soil and Fertilizer

Soil is the home of your plants, and fertilizer is the environment of that apartment. You will need to gather a lot of fresh soil and pure fertilizer that you can use in your homemade greenhouse. If your soil is too old or full of tiny pests, your home will be a disaster. So, stay frosty.

  • Pots

Pots are important since you don’t have a surface. You will insert all your soil in your pot and water it to build a living environment for your plants.

  • Sunlight

I have already said it before; you need to have some windows in your apartment that can deliver the proper amount of fresh air and sunlight. Make sure you place your plants next to those windows so they can get the sunlight. In terms of plants, sunlight helps them to grow faster cause it’s natural.

If your plants aren’t getting enough of the sun, then install artificial lighting. Simply adjust the bulbs, and it’s the distance from the plants. You can also set a timer for the lights to turn on and off automatically.

  • Labels

Labels are important. You can use them to know when you have planted your seeds. Since each plant are grown in different ways, you will need to keep track to add substance to each plant. All you need to do is take a label, write the plant’s name and other information and stick it to the pot.

Using labels, you can easily recognize each plant during the initial stage and take good care of them.

  • Thermometer

Indoor greenhouses can generate a lot of heat. If you don’t notice the changes, then your plants will kill themselves. Use the thermometer to keep a lookout of your plant’s temperature. This way, you will know when to keep the greenhouse open and when you need to water them.

Maintaining your Indoor greenhouse

Even after setting up the indoor greenhouse, your work is still not over. Now you’ll need to maintain it from time to time. Don’t worry; it’s not that hard. Here are a few things that you need to take care of.


Whenever you feel that the weather is throwing away some fresh air, put your plants next to a window so they can get some fresh air too. Natural wind will help them to grow faster.


Whenever you feel that the weather is throwing away some fresh air, put your plants next to a window so they can get some fresh air too. Natural wind will help them to grow faster.


Indoor greenhouses are often closed down, so you need to check if the temperature is too high or not. Or else it might burn to death and harm other plants as well.


Water is water. It would be best if you water your plants every day. You might miss a day or two but don’t be too lazy. Your plants need food too. Keep the soil wet enough to see the seeds grow. Simple as that.


Organizing a greenhouse can be full of frustrations, but if you follow all the instructions step by step, then you can build an indoor greenhouse by yourself in no time. Don’t think about the hustle; think about the beauty it will spread in your apartment.

I would suggest you buy or build a tiny greenhouse. Please don’t make a big one as it will use up a lot of space in your apartment. Whatever you do, I wish you good luck on your journey.