How To Grow An Indoor Herb Garden
Many people today want to know how to grow an indoor herb garden.
Growing indoor plants is a challenging task especially since plants need enough sunlight to make them grow. It is, though, much more fun to have them inside the house!
Damaging weather conditions, whether it’s the harsher seasons such as winter or natural disasters like typhoons, makes it harder to maintain them outdoors. The soil used in indoor plants does not harden during winter. The leaves will also be more protected from possible frost. Animals and pests can add to the hazards of growing them outside.
Herbs in particular need thorough maintenance since some of them cannot easily adjust to indoor atmospheres. A proper source of sufficient sunlight is often an issue with planting herbs indoors. Leaving the pots beside the windows sometimes does not compensate enough and give an adequate amount of sunlight needed for each plant.
Watering the herbs is not much of a problem indoors as long as you have a decent supply of water and you know the proper way of watering them.
There is a great deal to learn about growing herbs indoors so let us tackle the things any plant growers need to know if they plan to grow their herbs inside the house…
How To Care For Herbs Indoors?
Firstly, Know What Herbs To Plant
First, you have to pick those that are already growing. Do not start from seedlings as they require more sun and rainwater.
It is essential to know which herbs you can grow indoors.
Certain herbs simply need too much caring and might not be able to survive even with ample attention. We will discuss these herbs later in this article.
One very important thing to note is the place in the house where you wish to put the pots. There should be enough space that is specially reserved for the plants. Beside the window is the best part since the sunlight can get through it. Be sure, though, that there is nothing that is blocking the sun's rays like a wall or another house.
If there is no adequate space then you may put up a cold frame or vine house. Vine houses are mini structures built to fit into limited spaces inside the house where you can place your pots. Or you may just simply place the pots
Every living thing needs sunshine to grow and live. Therefore, it is important to ensure good sunlight exposure. If this is not available, buy a growing light or fluorescent light to help sustain the amount of light needed by the herbs. This can work out a little expensive though and uses large amounts of electricity.
You will need to let the light get to the plants for 14 hours as that is the equivalent of a 6 hour sunlight. The south, east and west portions of the house are the best areas to obtain proper sunlight as the sun stays for longer in those directions.
Extra tip, though: you need to turn the pot a few times while the sun is touching the herb as it has a tendency to grow where the sunlight reaches it and thus will make the other parts smaller if it’s not turned.
As mentioned above, there is not so much of a water issue if you have a good supply of it. All you need is proper regulation when watering the herbs.
Do it in the morning and afternoon only and do not put introduce too much water. Some herbs enjoy dry soil.
When it rains, if you have time, try taking them outside for a little natural shower or perhaps fill a bucket with raindrops. Your herbs will surely enjoy the rainwater a great deal as some of them tend to be sensitive to tap water due to its chlorine or fluoride content.
As the herbs won't benefit from the outdoor climate, it is necessary to feed them with liquid fish fertilizer weekly as they grow, monthly when they are fully-grown. Stop during winter as there really is not much growing activity at that time of year.
What Herbs Can Be Grown Indoors?
Probably the most famous among herbs that grow indoors. This type of herb loves the sun and humid weather. It is a bit tasky maintaining basil during the winter as it prefers hot temperatures. It's best to place it to the east in the morning and west in the afternoon for the optimum sunlight source.
Chives smell like onions. They need 6 hours of sunlight everyday. If you have no sufficient source of the sun's rays indoors you need the help of a growing light. This type needs constant watering (though not too much so as to drown the plant).
This herb is a remedy for coughs and is one of the most used herbs in pizza. Oregano is an easy herb to plant indoors as it only needs watering once weekly because it prefers its soil to be a bit dry and it's not too particular about the sun's light.
As with basil, parsley also loves to enjoy full sunlight so it's best to place it at the east and west windows. It also needs 6 hours of sunlight but it can grow at average room temperature. Watering takes place every two weeks.
Rosemary gives out a long lasting, sweet aroma. It does not smell minty like other herbs. Just like parsley, it can handle room temperature. And as with the other herbs mentioned, the soil needs to dry up before it has to be watered again.
One of the easiest herbs to plant indoors. It can also tolerate room temperature and this herb will not die even if you forget to water it for a full month and the leaves start to wilt. With a mere sprinkling of water, the plant will immediately recover from dryness. Place it at a south-facing window.
This herb that is used along with meat and bread also loves a full 6 hours of sunlight but can survive too at average room temperature. Place it at the east and west-facing windows. Thyme (as well as sage) is resistant to drought. Its light pink to lavender colored flowers can be used as tea: just dry them naturally.
You have seen here just how easy it is to plant herbs indoors and have a good choice of different plants to try.
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