Growing herbs indoors

Some herbs can be grown indoors all year round, and others, such as rosemary, can be brought in for the winter and then taken back outside during the warmer months.

Varieties that are fairly easy to grow inside

  • bay leaves
  • parsley
  • chives
  • mint
  • kaffir lime tree
  • Vietnamese coriander
  • oregano
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • dill

Growing guidelines

  • Sow seeds in quality organic potting soil. Use large terra cotta pots with saucers.
  • Situate the plants in front of a southwestern facing window. Most varieties need at least 6 hours of direct light. Supplement with artificial light if the plants get gangly, with long stems and few leaves–they’re seeking light. Rotate the plants frequently so that they don’t lean in one particular direction.
  • Water the stem where it meets the dirt, rather than the leaves, then let the water drain. If the roots get too wet they will rot, so don’t over-water your plants. Let the soil dry out completely before you water the plant again. Maintain a consistent watering schedule.
  • Cut them now and then–but no more than a third of the plant–and enjoy your fresh herbs. 🙂
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