How To Grow Herbs Indoors
If you know how to grow herbs indoors in the right way, it shall be very advantageous to you because you will not have to depend on your local stores and dealers, for fresh supply of herbs any more. You do not have to rush to the supermarket also to get herbs for salads, stews, soups and various other dishes. Moreover, if you are growing herbs indoors, it shall save your money too as you won’t have to buy expensive herbs any more.
Here are some easy steps on growing herbs indoors:
- Start by selecting the herbs which you wish to grow. There are several herbs which grow well in containers while others grow well in soil. Now, depending on the type of herb you choose, you can select their method of growing also – like growing in containers or pots.
- The some popular choices for growing indoor herbs are marjoram, parsley, bay leaves, mint, chive and rosemary. These can be grown very easily indoors.
- To grow all such herbs, you can buy them or dig up the soil to grow them. These can be transplanted also in your outdoor garden.
- You need to buy containers also where you can grow the herbs. When you are selecting a container, you need to select a container which has a good drainage system. It is recommended to buy terracotta pots for your indoor herbs because they let the moisture to vent. However, you need to use a very high quality potting so that you can grow some healthy herbs indoors.
- You need to choose a place which is sunny – a sunny window side can be good enough to place your herbs. These herbs are known to need 6 hours of direct sunlight and nearly 8 hours of indirect sunlight. It is best to choose a window which faces the southern side so that maximum exposure to the rays of the sun is received. In case you find it tough to get sunlight, you can also make use of artificial lights which can also be good for your herbs.
- Keep monitoring the temperature which needs to be around 70 degrees F. You can place a plant temperature monitoring in the herb pot, so that you can keep a track of the temperature and ensure that the right temperature levels are maintained.
- Keep watering all the plants so that the humidity level is maintained. The soil needs to be damp but it shouldn’t be wet excessively as it shall spoil the soil conditions.
- Fertilization of the soil is also very important. You can apply a single dose of plant food or fertilizers in the fall, if you are planting such herbs before the winter. This helps to take care of the herbs throughout the year and especially in the chilly days of fall.
- If you find yellow leaves, you need to discard them as soon as possible so that no additional energy is wasted in maintaining the yellow leaves. Moreover, whatever water and fertilizers you plan for the herbs shall be used for the growth of the herbs.