14 Popular Houseplants You can Grow from Seed

The houseplant seed world is still pretty niche and limited, but even so, there are several popular varieties that are instantly recognizable to houseplant collectors that you too can grow from seed (or bulb!)

Though growing from seed can certainly come with its challenges, in my opinion, those challenges are what make the process just that much more fun and rewarding, (in my humble opinion, though, I may be a little biased 🙃) So here’s a breakdown of some popular indoor plants that you can grow from seed, as well as some tidbits about their germination rate, ease of germination & care, and their growth rate!

By the way, if you’re interested in getting any of these started, we have another blog post on How to Grow Houseplants from Seed that you should definitely check out before attempting to germinate your seeds!

1) Monstera Deliciosa, aka Swiss Cheese Plant

Monstera Deliciosa Seed Packet and Plant

There probably isn’t a houseplant hobbyist around who hasn’t heard of the Monstera Deliciosa, with its big, iconic heart-shaped leaves and fenestrations like cheese, which give it its nickname- the Swiss Cheese Plant! Native to Central America, these plants grow big (and tall) and bring instant tropical vibes which houseplant enthusiasts love. 😎🌴

Germination Level: Intermediate

Plant Care Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Germination: 1 week-1month

Growth Rate: Medium

(Here’s a post on How to Grow Monstera Deliciosa from Seed!)

Philodendron Selloum "Hope"

 

2) Philodendron Selloum, aka Philodendron Hope 🌱

Philodendron Selloum, [or Philodendron Hope or Split-Leaf Philodendron,] often gets confused with the Monstera Deliciosa- while they both have “split” leaves, the Philodendron Selloum produces leaves with frilly edges, rather than the fenestrations of the Monstera. Both of these plants, however, grow big with a thick trunk and aerial roots.

Germination Level: Advanced

Plant Care Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Germination: 2 weeks-2 months

Growth Rate: Slow

(Here’s a post on How to Grow Philodendron Selloum from Seed!)

Desert Rose Plant

 

3) Adenium Obesum, aka Desert Rose

Desert rose are succulents with funny-looking tubular trunks, ideal for water storage, as well as lovely blooms. They do need a little more light, but overall aren’t super demanding plants. An extra perk: the seedlings are absolutely adorable! They’re at the top of our list in Top 10 Cutest Plant Babies :)

Germination Level: Intermediate

Plant Care Level: Intermediate

Germination: 1 week - 1 month

Growth Rate: Medium

Ponytail Palm seeds

 

4) Beaucarnea Recurvata, aka Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palms, like the Desert Rose, are succulents with tubular trunks. Instead of growing in a tree-shape like the Desert Rose, however, these have a singular thick trunk and leaves that protrude out the top like a ponytail (thus the name!)

Germination Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Plant Care Level: Intermediate

Germination: 1 week - 1 month

Growth Rate: Slow

5) Hypoestes Phyllostachya or Sanguinolenta, aka Polka Dot Plant

Pink Polka Dot Plant

Polka Dot plants are generally smaller than the other plants mentioned in this post, but that have colorful leaves, with either white, pink or rose speckles. They’re absolutely adorable, extremely fun to grow from seed, and add a nice level of vibrancy to any tropical plant collection.

Germination Level: Beginner

Plant Care Level: Beginner

Germination: 1-2 weeks

Growth Rate: Fast

(Here’s how to grow polka dot plants from seed)

6) Dracaena Indivisa, aka Dracaena Spike

Dracaena Spike Seedling

Most houseplant collectors have at least one Dracaena in their plant collection. Their classic spiky-leaf shape adds the perfect contrast to plants with big round leaves like Monstera Deliciosa. On top of that, they can grow multiple tall stems with their own leaf bunches. Overall, they’re great for hobbyists who love a big plant that also happens to be easy to care for :)

Germination Level: Advanced

Plant Care Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Germination: 1-2 months

Growth Rate: Slow

 

7) African Violet

Though African Violets are one of the more underrated houseplants, they’re slowly coming back into style due their wide variety! Some of the more notable ones include variegated, trailing, and fantasy African Violets.

Their tiny size makes them tricky to start off from seed, but it also makes it fun to watch them grow as they develop from tiny little green specks into gradually larger and more recognizable fuzzy leaves 🥰

Germination Level: Advanced

Plant Care Level: Beginner

Germination: 2 weeks - 1 month

Growth Rate: Slow

 

8) Asparagus Meyeri, aka Foxtail Fern

Foxtail Fern Seeds

Asparagus Ferns as a group are a pretty popular houseplant variety, with the most popular of the group being foxtail ferns. Their name makes it pretty easy to imagine their shape: long stems with tiny little spiky leaves surrounding the stems, which give that classic foxtail shape to the plant. Aside from their unique look, they’re also pretty easy plants both to germinate, and to care for!

Germination Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Plant Care Level: Beginner

Germination: 1 week - 1 month

Growth Rate: Fast

9) Coffea Catura, aka Dwarf Coffee Plant

Coffea Catura Seedling

Coffee plants produce interesting frilly edges on their leaves, and grow into large trees. While you might think of the Coffea Arabica variety, there’s also a dwarf version of this plant called the Coffea Catura, or Dwarf Coffee Plant, which tends to perform better in indoor gardens.

Germination Level: Advanced

Plant Care Level: Intermediate

Germination: 1 week - 2 months

Growth Rate: Slow

 

10) Schefflera Arboricola, aka Dwarf Umbrella Plant

Dwarf Umbrella Plant

While there are several variations of umbrella plants, the variety best suited for indoor growth are the Schefflera Arboricola, or the Dwarf Umbrella Plant. As the name implies, the leaves sprout outwards from central branches, resulting in a fun umbrella shape 🌿

Germination Level: Advanced

Plant Care Level: Beginner

Germination: 2 weeks - 2 months

Growth Rate: Slow

(Here’s how to grow umbrella plants from seed)

11) Rainbow Coleus

Rainbow Coleus

Coleus come in a variety of colors, making them absolutely breathtaking plants. They’re easy to grow, don’t get too big, and are versatile, doing well both indoors, and in shady outdoor areas.

Germination Level: Beginner

Plant Care Level: Beginner

Germination: 1-2 weeks

Growth Rate: Fast


12) Lithops, aka Living Stones

Lithops Seedlings

Lithops, or Living Stones, are funny little succulents that grow leaves in the shape of, well, a butt. That aside, they are very pretty plants with veins of color which vary depending on your Lithops variety!

Germination Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Plant Care Level: Intermediate

Germination: 1 month

Growth Rate: Medium

Ficus Altissima "Lofty Fig" Seeds 

13) Ficus Altissima aka Lofty Fig aka Council Tree

Plantflix fun fact: the Ficus Altissima is the first ficus seed to join our shop :~) The Ficus Altissima, or the Lofty Fig, is a lesser-known relative to both the Rubber Plant and the Fiddle Leaf Fig. Luckily they’re much easier to care for than the Fiddle Leaf Fig, and look just as cool! These plants are a great option for those of you who are seeking out a larger plant 🌳

Germination Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Plant Care Level: Beginner

Germination: 1-2 months

Growth Rate: Medium

14) Caladiums

Caladiums

Caladiums come in both many striking color, and pattern varieties, from pink to red to white. Caladiums are a great choice for indoor gardens, and are extremely popular for their use in shadier outdoor gardens. If you’re like us, and have a shady outdoor balcony or patio- this is the plant for you!

Sprouting Level: Intermediate

Plant Care Level: Intermediate

Germination: 2 weeks - 1 month

Growth Rate: Fast

(Here’s how to grow caladiums from bulbs!)

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