Growing Herbs In Pots

Herbs can also be grown indoors in pots, containers, window boxes or hanging baskets.  Growing herbs in pots is as easy as growing herbs in an outdoor garden and indoor herb gardens require the same growing conditions as outdoor gardens.

There are three primary things that plants, including herbs, need for successful growing. Those three things are:

  1. Soil
  2. Water
  3. Sunlight

Whether grown indoors or in a garden, sunlight is the most important thing you will need to grow any type of plant.   South or West-facing windows are the best places to grow herbs as this is where they will get the right amount of sunlight. You should be aware of how much light certain herbs need as a lot of them have different requirements. However, the general rule is they all need sun.  If it is not possible for you to get the required amount of sun for your herbs, you can supplement the light source with Grow Lamps or fluorescent lamps.

The next thing to consider when growing herbs is the soil.  The soil for growing herbs should be well-drained and not too rich. One way to do this is by adding two parts of sterilized potting soil with one part coarse sand or Perlite. To ensure the plant has good drainage, put about an inch of gravel at the bottom of each pot.  Another way to supplement is by adding one teaspoon of lime per 5-inch pot so that the soil is sweet enough for herbs growing in pots.  It is also important to remember that is a good idea to repot your plants every year for optimum health and pruning your plants is not a bad idea either.

The final, but very important thing that herbs growing in pots need is water. There are two ways you can get water to your plants besides actually pouring water into them:

  1. You can spray the plants
  2. You can moisten the pebbles

Plants growing in pots will need more water than plants growing outside in gardens but it is important that you avoid getting the roots soggy or drenched.

There are advantages to growing herbs indoors.  First of all, you can move them about as you please and, secondly, they can spend all their time indoors unlike perennial herbs that do better placed outside in the summer. Thirdly, all of your herbs will be handy and within reach anytime you need them for things such as cooking. All herbs can thrive grown in a pot indoors but some do better spending at least some time outdoors.  Mint is one herb that should remain indoors as it takes over the garden.

With these tips, you will be able to successfully grow herbs in a pot and keep them healthy so you can enjoy them all year round! Make good use of your efforts by using your herbs to your full advantage.  Cook with them, store them and share them with your friends!