How to Grow Herbs Indoors

Georgia LundStarred Page By Georgia Lund, 18th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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All that’s needed to have fresh herbs growing indoors (and year around) is a sunny windowsill, a container or two, potting soil and herb seeds. Herbs grown indoors will have the same tasty flavor as outdoor grown garden herbs and many herbs rival houseplants when it comes to providing indoor beauty.

Sunny Indoor Location

A sunny windowsill that receives 4-6 hours of bright sunlight per day is the prime location for growing herbs indoors. Herbs will grow well indoors under grow lights too, if an adequate sun-drenched location is not available.

Herbs Have a Big Thirst

Herbs are fast growers with a big thirst. A sunny location that is near a water source makes meeting the herb’s thirst requirement much easier. Many indoor herb growers opt for the most logical location to grow herbs indoors - on a kitchen windowsill above the sink.

Refrigerate Seeds for 48 Hours

Before planting herb seeds, give the seeds a jump start for quick germination by refrigerating them 48 hours in a cup of weak tea. Place herb seeds in a small cotton or nylon cloth (separate different herbs seeds into different cloths), tie the cloth and immerse in a cup of weak tea. Let the herbs seeds soak for 48 hours in the refrigerator, remove cloths from weak tea solution, open the cloths and plant the seeds.

Prepare the Planting Pots

While the seeds are soaking, prepare the planting pots by filling them within one inch of the top with good quality potting soil. Place herb seeds on top of the soil and gently press into the soil.

Any planting pots will work for growing herbs, as long as there are drainage holes in the bottom. Recycled cottage cheese, margarine and yogurt containers grow herbs just as well as the most expensive planting containers at the garden supply center. Placing the small planting pots on a large tray makes watering easier and less messy.

Water and Feed

A water soluble, fish-based plant food will keep indoor grown herbs healthy and growing strong. Place the pots of herbs in the sink, pour the water soluble plant food into the soil until it runs out the bottom drainage holes. Allow herb pots to remain in the sink until draining stops. Don’t water or feed again until the top of the soil feels dry to the touch.

Rotate and Pinch

Rotate the herb pots one-half turn every three days to promote uniform growth. Keep any flower formations and leggy growth pinched off so the herb plant will produce healthy foliage to be used in recipes.

Grow fresh herbs indoors and within reach by placing herb pots in a sunny location, watering and feeding the herbs often and rotating and pinching the herb plants as needed.

*Originally written and published by me on Suite101.


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Ms. Lund is a freelance writer who enjoys gardening and sharing her knowledge through the Georgia Master Gardener program. Ms. Lund is a heart attack survivor who has educated herself in a variety of health, wellness and fitness topics. Ms. Lund is a...(more)

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author avatar Denise O
18th Jan 2012 (#)

Good information on growing herbs indoors. Well done! Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Buzz
19th Jan 2012 (#)

Congrats on your first STAR, Georgia! Nice to meet you at Wikinut.

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