For gardeners who don’t have the luxury of an outdoor area to practise their hobby then indoor greenhouses can be a great investment. These small structures allow those with limited space to enjoy gardening with greenhouses that can live on windowsills, shelves, and even countertops.
Indoor greenhouses aren’t just reserved for those without a garden as they can be used to keep plants safe and warm in the winter, aid you in nurturing seedlings until they're large enough to plant outdoors, extend your growing season, and broaden the types of plants you can raise.
If you’re on the market for an indoor greenhouse we’ve curated this guide to eight of the best with a mix of different styles, sizes and price points, to illustrate what's available. We have also included some models that are suitable for use on balconies and terraces to help you make the most of whatever space you have available.
We also have guides for some great accessories for use alongside an indoor greenhouse such as plant misters and indoor plant pots. For those who do have space for an outdoor greenhouse, we also have advice on how to choose the best greenhouse, along with suggestions on all the useful greenhouse accessories you may need. Or, if you would prefer to make your own, take a look at our guide on how to make a mini greenhouse.
The best indoor greenhouses in 2023
Struggling to grow plants without a garden? Browse our selection of the best mini indoor greenhouses below.
Paper High Recycled Glass Greenhouse Terrarium
Handmade from recycled glass and metal, this has an attractive triangular design. The front glass panel is hinged to allow quick and easy access and it's best suited to housing succulents or air plants (Tillandsia).
Dimensions: 26 x 27 x 19cm
Buy the Paper High Recycled Glass Greenhouse Terrarium at Not on the High Street
Verdemax Azalea Greenhouse
Features of this small greenhouse include a UV resistant plastic cover, front double zippers for easy watering, and an epoxy-coated steel frame. Easily taken apart when not in use and stored flat, it's best suited to use on a balcony or patio.
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Dimensions: 50 x 70 x 92cm
Buy the Verdemax Azalea Greenhouse at Amazon
Zenport Balcony Greenhouse
This mini greenhouse has an elevated floor and a zippered cover that's constructed from waterproof transparent plastic. It's suitable for use on a balcony, but small enough for use indoor if preferred.
Dimensions: 43 x 26 x 30cm
Buy the Zenport Balcony Greenhouse at Amazon
Uyova Mini Greenhouse in Glass & Brass
The Uyova Mini Greenhouse is made with transparent glass panels and a stunning brass-finished metal frame. With its convenient roof that opens up for effortless daily access, this mini greenhouse offers the perfect environment for nurturing plants all year round. Its compact design also means it is the perfect fit for a gardener without the luxury of space.
Dimensions: 40 x 30 x 20cm
Buy the Uvoya Mini Greenhouse at LA REDOUTE
Outsunny Wooden Cold Frame Greenhouse
The Outsunny Greenhouse is a compact and sturdy solution for extending the growing season and safeguarding young plants from frost. With a solid wood frame and transparent polycarbonate panels, it balances sunlight exposure and heat retention while offering easy access through the adjustable roof. This versatile greenhouse is a valuable addition for indoor gardening and would sit nicely in a conservatory or large shelf.
Dimensions: 49.5 x 90 x 52cm
Buy the Outsunny Greenhouse at B&Q
Relaxdays Gewächhaus Mini Set of 2
This set of 2 indoor greenhouses is made with tempered glass windows and offers the perfect solution for indoor gardening enthusiasts. Specifically designed for windowsills, they provide an ideal space for cultivating herbs, flowers, and succulents. The greenhouse's smart design includes an adjustable roof for optimal air circulation, with both made to suit your needs all while adding a decorative touch to your home with its country house style.
Dimensions: Big: 24 x 37.5 x 37cm. Small: 18 x 27 x 30cm
Buy the Relaxdays Gewächhaus Mini Set of 2 at Amazon
Victorian Indoor Greenhouse
This Victorian Indoor Greenhouse has a rustic feel and is a charming addition to any indoor gardening setup. Crafted from zinc, it not only serves as an indoor greenhouse but can double up as a decorative item. The hinged roof design ensures easy access for the care and maintenance of all your plants.
Dimensions: 29.3 x 26.4 x 15.4cm
Buy the Victorian Indoor Greenhouse at COOPERS OF STORTFORD
Indoor Greenhouse Grow Tent
This mini greenhouse offers great protection for plants and helps you maintain their temperature and control moisture levels whilst also guarding against harsh weather. With its convenient foldable design and included storage bag, it offers ease of use and can be hidden away when not in use. The PVC transparent material also allows for great sunlight exposure even when indoors.
Dimensions: 70x70x80 cm
Buy the Indoor Greenhouse Grow Tent at Amazon
What to grow in an indoor greenhouse
Indoor greenhouses are typically made from one of two materials; glass or plastic. Plastic greenhouses tend to be cheaper and more flimsy but can be used in sheltered outdoor locations such as balconies, patios and terraces.
Glass indoor greenhouses will be heavier, last longer and are more pleasing on the eye. Most glass structures are also small enough to fit on shelving or in the middle of a table as a decorative feature. They should be placed in a location that gets good sunlight and the best indoor greenhouses will come fitted with a removable drip tray to prevent overwatering.
What you should grow in your greenhouse does depend on how big it is. Growing herbs such as basil and coriander is a good starting point if you only have space for a miniature indoor greenhouse and they can be used in a variety of recipes.
In winter months, indoor greenhouses can be used to protect tender flowers and plants. Avoid any plants that grow too big and choose plants that will enjoy being inside. These could include tomatoes and chillies, and flowers such as African violets and begonias.
This Product Guide was last updated in September 2023 and we apologise if anything has changed in price or availability.