There are a plenty of herbs that will thrive as indoor plants. All it takes is a bright space, a few well-chosen varieties.
You’ll need a bright space, such as a large sunny window, a sunroom or a room with skylights. Choose a location with temps between 55 and 75 degrees with good air circulation.
The area next to a window may be too cold for some herbs in winter.
Parsley is a herb abundant in vitamin A, C and iron. Parsley thrives in ordinary soil with a substantial amount of sunlight, approximately 6-8 hours of sunlight a day, so it is one of the easiest sweet herbs to grow.
Turn the pot every few days to prevent the herb from leaning toward the sun.
The best soil for parsley is the one supplied with humus, preferably from decaying leguminous (beans, peas, clover, alfalfa and others) crops. It is not water-tolerable, but it can easily be avoided with a sunny spot.
Note that improper pot drainage can be an issue, so if you notice the herb’s leaves become dry, do the following trick: put the planter on some pebbles to make sure water drains onto them.
They will hold heat well, but if combined with water, they can also create humidity, vital for parsley to thrive. Due to the steam and humidity from cooking, growing parsley in the kitchen can be really effective.
Cilantro is more dependent on water than sun. Namely, it thrives in a cooler temperature. Therefore, water your cilantro only when the soil is dry to the touch, which is more often in the summer months. Make sure water drains out every time you water, since it is more important to water it thoroughly, than frequently.
Cilantro herbs have long taproots and don’t like to be reported or disturbed. Hence, choose a free-draining potting soil for your herb.
If it’s provided with the right conditions, your chives can grow all year long, and it will offer a handy and easy way to season your food and brighten your space. Cultivating chives from seed can be irritating as well as time-consuming for beginners, since the sprouts take a long time to grow into a plant.
Water the herb when the soil is dry to the touch on the top. Spread the seeds in a 6-inch clay pot filled with pre-moistened well-draining potting soil. Cover with a ¼ inch of the pre-moistened soil and place in a sunny spot.
It would be very effective if you moisten the seeds occasionally with a mist of water until they start sprouting.
If you have enough light, basil is one of the easier herbs to grow indoors. This herb is a true sun-lover, give it four hours of light a day, and it will thrive. Plant it in well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. Also, make sure pots provide adequate drainage, as it is not water-tolerant.
In order to grow basil indoors, you need fertilizing, pruning, keeping insects away and watering Growing basil from seeds will take longer, so if you start with a starter plant, you will cultivate it sooner.
In purchasing a plant to grow in your indoor garden, choose one with new growth and bright leaves, one that is bushier than its neighbors.
Your oregano plant will need at least 6 hours of good, strong sunlight but not direct sunlight that can burn the plant. Keep the plant near an east, south or west window where it will get better light.
Monitoring your plant will help you determine if it is getting enough light. If you see the plant begin to lean toward the light, that will be a clue that you might need to move it closer to a window with more light. Browning of leaf edges suggests the plant is getting too much light.
Your growing pot should be bigger than the pot your plant was in when you purchased it. Use quality soil. Before placing the soil in your pot, add enough marbles or pebbles to cover the bottom of the pot. This will help give it better drainage.
After planting, or re-planting, water the oregano once each week. In hotter and dryer months the plant may need more water than in cooler and more humid months.
When using the leaves of the plant for seasoning, be careful during winter months not to use more than 50 percent of the leaves. Avoid trying to pull leaves off the plant, as this puts a strain on the plant and risks dislodging it roots.