How to Grow Herbs Indoors

How to Grow Herbs Indoors

This how-to-grow herbs indoors advice will ensure you get the best from your herbs for the longest harvesting period you can and help to keep your herbs looking fresh and thriving indoors. Growing herbs inside is great if you have little or no space outside but also if you want to be able to harvest your own herbs. If you don’t want to head out into the garden every time you are cooking, having some growing on the kitchen windowsill can be very convenient.

Which Herbs to Grow Indoors

We always recommend that you choose the herbs you are most likely to use first. If you love chives on a salad, start growing chives, or if you love to top your pizza with basil, start growing it, so you can use it as much as you like. Then consider which will grow inside. There are many herbs available that will grow indoors, however, there are a few that may not grow so well, but it is still possible. They include sage, rosemary, and thyme. Those that will grow really well inside are:

  • parsley
  • coriander
  • mint
  • oregano
  • chervil

Just give any herb a try and see how it grows.

Care Tips for Growing Herbs Indoors

The key to growing herbs indoors is to know what each herb needs in order to thrive. Most will do well on a sunny kitchen windowsill, and some will need more water than others. Basil, for example, only needs to be watered when the soil is dry and the leaves have slightly started to wilt - that's the sign it’s time to water it. Others, such as rosemary will need less water. All, however, will need well-drained soil and good air circulation. Don’t forget to use the herbs. Harvesting them will help new growth and more herbs to harvest.

Use Your Own Grown Herbs

One of the best things about growing herbs is to benefit from all the nutrients and flavour they give. From rosemary on a roast dinner to coriander on a curry, oregano in a bolognese and mint made into a cup of herbal tea. The options are endless and you can just snip some off each time you need to.

How to Propagate Herbs

Herbs are generally very easy to propagate. Rosemary can be propagated by cuttings, and basil and mint can be propagated by simply snipping some stems and popping them in water. It’s great to see the roots growing, and when they are strong enough, plant them up for more herb plants. Others, such as coriander or even chamomile can be allowed to go to seed, and you can collect the seeds to sow all over again.

We have a large range of herbs in store and our friendly team is happy to advise you.

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