cress growing in an egg shell with a face on it, the cress looks like hair

10 Simple Indoor Gardening Ideas For Seniors

senior man sat with a ball in his hand

Indoor gardening is a great and simple way to improve a persons mood, as well as potentially improving their health. So, with that in mind, I thought what an opportunity for senior people to enjoy from the comfort of their own home.

Here’s a few quick examples:

  • Cress Heads
  • Smart Gardens
  • Planter Painting
  • Terrarium Building
  • Plus more…
Hopefully, you can find some inspiration from these activities that I’ve done in the past and others that I’ve seen elsewhere.

Cress Heads

Cress heads are one of the most fun indoor gardening activities, they are so easy to make and are a great laugh for everyone involved.

You can use anything from egg shells like in the picture, or even an old soccer ball with a hole cut in the top.

Here’s all the equipment you need for this:

  • Egg Shells / Soccer Ball
  • Paintbrushes / Marker Pens
  • Cress Seeds
  • Soil
cress growing in an egg shell with a face on it, the cress looks like hair
Egg shells are a small and easy choice of head

Miniature Flowerpot Garden

Designing a miniature garden is a task that can take as long as you want.

All you need to do is fill an empty planter with small plants to make it look like a garden, perhaps use your own as inspiration.

They look fantastic once complete and the person who made it is usually quite proud of what they’ve done.

Here’s what you need:

  • Empty Planter
  • Soil
  • Plants

Check out this video for a bit of inspiration:

Grow Your Own Salad

Growing your own food is one of the most satisfying activities you can do, so why not bring it indoors.

It makes every day exciting as you monitor its progress, with each hour getting you closer to that delicious meal!

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Here’s all the equipment you need for this:

  • Pot
  • Water
  • Salad Seeds
  • Soil
bunch of Cress growing
Cress can easily be grown indoors

Planter Painting

Painting is an easy indoor activity that can be enjoyed by everyone, so why not paint your planters?

Doing this adds character to your plants, making you feel like they’re part of the family!

You don’t need much for this activity:

  • Pot
  • Paints

Succulent Selection

This is one of the easiest activities in the list, selecting a bunch of succulents.

Set aside some space on a window sill or table for a few small succulents, then simply choose which you want to go there.

Succulents are up there with the easiest plants to care for and will thrive in almost any environment.

3 succulents
Succulents are very easy to care for

Smart Gardens

Smart gardens are an ideal option for senior people as they take away most of the stress from indoor gardening.

This specific model that I recommend comes with Alexa support, meaning even those with physical limitations can get involved.

Terrarium Building

This activity does require a steady hand (you can buy them already finished) as terrariums tend to be small, but they are incredibly rewarding when complete.

The main benefit for seniors is that this is so easy to upkeep, it requires barely any effort but looks great on a shelf.

It also becomes a new hobby as you can always change/maintain your plants.

You only need a few things for this:

  • Pot
  • Succulents
  • Decorative Rocks/Sand
Terrarium with plants inside
Terrariums look amazing anywhere in your home

Soil Art

Soil art is incredibly creative, it’s an activity that really lets you express yourself.

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Perhaps you’ve already got some paintings up on the wall, why not replace them with your very own soil art?

All you need to do for this is get a sheet of paper, whatever size you want, then use glue to create a pattern. After that, sprinkle soil over ensuring the whole sheet is covered, then give it 5 minutes to dry and shake off the excess soil.

Voila, soil art.

You need 3 simple things:

  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Soil
plant and soil being held by someone
Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty!

Colorful Bouquet

Colourful bouquets are such an easy and enjoyable activity.

To begin with, place some flowers in a vase with water, I’ve found that white roses tend to work well with this.

Then add some food dye to the water and wait a few days, you will start to see the color being absorbed by the flowers and the petals changing.

If you want to make it more exciting, perhaps mix a few different dyes to see what color you can create!

You need 3 items:

  • Pot/Glass
  • Food Coloring
  • White Plant
Colourful bouquet of flowers
White roses are ideal for absorbing colours

Flower/Leaf Prints

Scrapbooking is a great activity to do indoors, you can combine your gardening passion with it by taking prints of different leaves and flowers.

You simply need to dip your leaf/flower into some paint then press it down onto some paper, it’s a simple activity that everyone can enjoy within the comfort of their home.

You just need 3 things:

  • Paint
  • Leaf/Flower
  • Paper
Lead print in a scrapbook
They make awesome scrapbook borders

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