Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Best herbs to Grow indoor

Chives, Sage, Dill, Oregano, Mint, Chamomile, Fenne, Parsley, Basil, Mint, Thyme, Rosemary, Chervil, Savory, Bayleaf, and Garlic.

- Purchase live plants or bring in smaller plants from your garden.

- Use a good quality potting soil that is very rich and has good drainage.

- Most herbs will require at least a 6″ pot, plants started from seed will need to be re-potted.

-Herb plants are potted like any other plant, add several inches to the bottom of the pot and then position the plant into the pot. Fill the sides of the pot with soil and then gently press the soil down around the plant.

-Herbs don’t like soaking wet soil, many herbs have tender roots that will quickly rot if left sitting in water. Follow the watering instructions for each individual herb.

Normally, giving the plant a thorough soaking is better than watering the plant a little now and then. Either set the plant in water and let it soak it up through the drain holes, or water it until water starts to leak out of the holes. And, only water the plants when the soil becomes dry to the touch.

You will need to fertilize your herbs about once a week, but only when they’re growing. Cease fertilization during dormant periods when the growth has slowed or stopped. When using fertilizer be sure to check the label and only use fertilizer that is approved for edible plants.

Most types of herbs require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day. Mint, Thyme, Parsley and Rosemary are a few herbs that can survive in partial shade. But, even with lot’s of sunshine your herbs will grow better if you use supplemental lighting as well.

If you don’t have an area that provides enough sunlight, supplement lighting with fluorescent lights. The light fixtures should be around 6 to 8 inches above the top of the plants and leave them on for 14 to 16 hours each day.