You can definitely grow a hedge indoors as a houseplant. It is the same process as growing any houseplant. As long as you have the right conditions, sunlight, temperature and humidity.
Hedges actually make great houseplants. Obviously you most likely wont grow them as big as the ones you see outdoors are but you can easily shape a hedge in a smaller pot to achieve what you’re looking for.
Hedges really stand out as houseplants because when their dense foliage is shaped well, it can be made to look in all different kinds of shapes. Whether you want your hedge to look like a sphere, cube, spiral or cone, you can do it within your home. This will provide you with a great talking point and when you form a hedge the way you set out to, it can give an awesome feeling of self accomplishment.
What is the best hedge to use as a houseplant?
Hicks Yew is a great hedge to use indoors. Often known as a hedge that can grow quite tall, as long as the plant is maintained and trimmed regularly it wont get out of control. The reason why a Hicks Yew is so great for using indoors is that it performs very well in the shade. You don’t have to stress about the placement of the plant in you home, as long as it gets a couple of hours of sunlight a day it will be able to thrive. Hicks Yew also grows quite well in soggy soil with little draining, lending it perfectly to planting in pots. It will be hard to overwater this plant and it is extremely hardy in a cold, shady environment.
The Hicks Yew hedge has small leaves and dense foliage so you can shape it exactly how you want. With a bit of patience you will soon have a great feature piece in your home that you grew all by yourself and with it being an evergreen plant, you’ll have this feature piece all year round.
Similar to Hicks Yew, Schip Laurel is n evergreen hedge with dense foliage however this hedge has bigger leaves. If you want to create more intricate shapes then this probably isn’t the pick for you however if you want a low maintenance houseplant which will stand out with big dens foliage, Schip Laurel is perfect for you.
Takes shade well, doesn’t mind damp soil and will be be able to survive some incidental neglect, you’ll find it incredibly easy and satisfying growing this hedge as a houseplant.
What kind of pot is best for an indoor hedge?
The size of our pot when growing an indoor hedge as a houseplant is important. You need to make sure it is big enough that the hedge can actually grow but not too big because you don’t want it to take over your home. I’ve found that a pot 1 foot x 1 foot x 1 foot works well however you can have the pot be wider for a longer hedge, make sure the size is appropriate for the space it is going in though.
You will also need to ensure that there is enough drainage holes in the pot you use. Whilst I’ve recommended hedges which don’t mind being in soggy soil, no plant wants to be drowning all the time. Also without drainage holes you may find that a bigger pot may start to smell a bit stagnant if the water cant make its way through to the drain and be replaced.
How do you trim an indoor hedge?
Trimming you indoor hedge houseplant is the same as trimming one in a garden, just on a smaller scale. There is no need to go out and buy an expensive electric hedge trimmer. Not only is it going to be way too big and make everything difficult but it is also a waste of money.
When trimming your indoor hedge you can use simple hand sheers. Doing it this way will give you better results as you have more control over what you are cutting. Take away leaves bit by bit until the hedge is shaped the way you want. Go slow and take your time, if you remove a big chunk, you cant take it back. So it is best to work slow to avoid any mistakes.
If you find that your hedge has holes, is bare and lacking foliage, you’ll need to trim it right back to encourage leaf growth closer to the middle of the plant.
How do you care for an indoor hedge?
Caring for your indoor hedge houseplant is actually really easy, as long as you’ve chosen the right hedge to start with.
Hedges are extremely durable, they can take a beating quite well, think about it, they get slowly cut down multiple times a week whilst still thriving. That being said, you still need to put some care into growing your indoor hedge.
Firstly, it needs to get some sunlight, you cant put it in the darkest corner of your house and expect it to grow. A couple of hours of sunlight a day is all it takes.
You need to ensure that you’re not completely drenching the soil every time you water. If you do this the hedge wont respond as well as it would to regular watering patterns but it can also cause the pot to smell. The pot you’ll be using is quite large compared to the ones you usually would have indoors meaning that if you overwater, there will be more water than the pot can handle.
So there you have it, a quick and simple guide to growing a hedge indoors as a houseplant. Be patient and enjoy the process as you can turn your next houseplant into a work of art.