Edible Plants that Grow During the Night!

Want to know what edible plants grow during the night? You have come to the right place as we enlist below the edible plants that grow during the night.

We all know that plants require sunlight to grow but did you know that there are plants out there that grow in the absence of the sun! And not just any plants but edible plants. It might come as a shock, but it’s true, and as these plants grow during the night in the dark, you can keep them indoors. So without wasting any more of your time, here is the list of edible plants that grow during the night.

1. Mushroom

mushroom growing in grow bag

Mushroom tops the list for edible plants that grow in the dark as they draw nutrition from the growing medium. Technically mushrooms are not plants but are the spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus. Not all mushrooms are edible, and some are poisonous, so make sure to grow edible mushroom cultivars.

2. White Asparagus

White asparagus growing in soil

White asparagus is actually green asparagus that turned white due to the absence of light. It’s less bitter and more tender than the green counterpart making it popular among chefs. Place it in dark regions of your home for that distinct white shade. Be patient, as white asparagus can take almost a year before it’s ready for harvest.

3. Sprouts

sprouts in glass jar

Sprouts are a highly nutritious and healthy addition to any meal and can be consumed raw without cooking. If you prepared sprouts, you must already know that the seeds sprout even in the darkest corner of the room. Simply soak the seeds for a couple of days, and they’ll turn into sprouts.

4. Forced Rhubarb

forced rhubarb growing in candlelight in dark

To make early growth forcing rhubarb by covering the crowns, which prevents light from reaching the crown and rhubarb grown from this process are called forced rhubarb. It’s ideal for regions with long winters where when the roots become frozen in winter, rhubarb is moved indoors and kept warm by lighting candles. Covering materials such as soil, sawdust, or peat are your best bet.

5. Wheatgrass

wheatgrass growing in container

The freshly growing leaves of the common wheat plant are termed wheatgrass, which has many health benefits. You can grow wheatgrass by sprouting the seeds in both soil and water medium as it’s a hydroponic plant. Wheatgrass will be ready for harvest in 6 to 10 days and can be harvested successively as long as you don’t uproot it.

6. Microgreens

microgreens growing in container

Microgreens are young shoots of edible leafy plants that add flavor and texture to dishes. Don’t confuse them with sprouts, as they are harvested without the roots and come in many leaf shapes, textures, and colors. You can grow them in both soil and soilless medium such as peat-based mediums. They grow best at night under artificial light!

Also Read: Best Growing Medium for Microgreens

7. Kale

kale in a glass vase

Not only low-lighting, but kale is also extremely cold tolerant, making it an ideal vegetable for fall harvest. It grows fine in shady locations indoors but will do best with a couple of hours of direct sun. Kale is also one of the most nutritious leafy greens.

8. Fish Mint

chameleon plan with blooms

Also known as the chameleon plant, it’s grown as a leaf vegetable and thrives in moist and shady spots in the natural habitat. As it’s considered invasive in some regions, growing it in containers is advisable. It’s a hardy plant so you can place the pot anywhere indoors, and it’ll grow just fine.

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