Key Points About Growing Herbs in Pots

As with most plants herbs are very flexible and can be grown indoors as well. Other places that spring to mind are hanging baskets as well as window boxes for your herbs. Once you have the basics you will find that growing herbs in pots is just as easy as it is in your outdoor garden area. Overall though you will find there is not much difference between indoor and outdoor herbs in respect of their growing needs.

You could write down in three words the most important aspects of growing all plants, not just herbs: they are SOIL, WATER & SUNLIGHT and herbs are no different. Whatever type of plant you may be growing, there is one important requirement they all need and that is sunlight.

chopped chivesThe best place for your indoor herbs are in a position that gets the most sunlight and that is found through windows that face south or west. It is true that some herbs require different light conditions, but on the whole as with most plants a sunny location is ideal. Grow lamps or fluorescent lighting is a good idea if you are struggling for natural light.

Make sure also that the soil is not too rich for your herbs and there is adequate drainage for ideal herb growing conditions. Container grown herbs require two parts potting soil (sterilized) to one part coarse sand or perlite. Drainage is another important point to consider. Make sure you have an Inch of gravel in the pot to get the proper drainage required.

Getting your soil right in pots is very important; you can make sure the soil is sweet enough by adding a teaspoon of lime to a standard 5-inch pot. Herbs need water in pots just as much as herbs grown elsewhere and they also like humid conditions, so misting the plants as well as wetting the pebbles is a good idea. You can get away without watering herbs as much outdoors as they get more natural watering, this is not the case indoors so make sure they are well watered but be careful not to overdo it and have the roots going all soggy.

Growing herbs in pots is more convenient and they are easier to manage because you have more flexibility in where you position them. Annual herbs are a great indoor plant and do not need to be outside in the garden, which is not the case with perennial herbs as they will thrive much better in the summer outdoors. Keep in mind to bring your herbs indoors before the first frost so as not to lose foliage. You can disregard this rule with regard to Mint, Chives and tarragon. With this type of herb you will notice a short period of rest and then when you get a light frost you will see a firmer and fresh growth activity.

Some herbs do better than others in pots and containers but you could grow all your herbs this way. Another added benefit is the fact that it is less hassle getting the herbs quickly when cooking a meal and preparing your recipes. Take care when planting the glorious Mint herb, as it will spread like wildfire, be aware of this and take steps to contain it. Once you have the information and guidelines your indoor herb garden is easily maintained.

For best health and growth it is a good idea to re-pot once a year along with a little light feeding every now and then. Having a notebook on your herbs and garden is a great idea as you will need to remember to replant annual herbs and not forgetting your perennials, which at times will need to be moved outdoors. Also it is easier when it comes to harvesting your herbs. Keep your plants pruned and well maintained for consistent and new growth. This rule is applicable to herbs as well.

So store your herbs, let friends and family have some but best of all use them in your own cooking, creating delicious recipes. If you follow the tips in this article then you are assured a healthy plant through the correct care that is needed.

Best Regards

Brian Chamberlain

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