How to Care for Indoor Herbs


Enjoy fresh, aromatic herbs year round by growing them indoors in containers. Herbs that grow outside in pots can typically be grown indoors. One way to grow a variety of herbs in one container is to plant them in a strawberry pot. At gardening centers, mini-herb gardens, sold with the seeds and small pots, are typically available.

Step 1

Provide at least five hours of daily sunlight to the herbs. While a windowsill can be a good location, avoid intense heat from the sun or cold drafts from the window.

Step 2

Place a fluorescent light fixture from 12 to 18 inches above the plant if sunlight is not available. The herbs will need about 15 hours of fluorescent lighting each day.

Step 3

Place a bowl of water near the herbs to provide humidity if the humidity is below the ideal range of 30 percent to 50 percent.

Step 4

Keep the thermostat set to a comfortable temperature, around 70 degrees F. Herbs do not like severe heat or cold.

Step 5

Rotate the herbs regularly. Plants will naturally lean toward the sunlight. Turn the plants to prevent the herbs from leaning consistently to one side.

Step 6

Insert a finger into the soil. If the soil is dry beneath the surface, the herb needs to be watered. Gently add water to the soil until it runs from the drain hole. Another way to irrigate is to set the pot in a dish of water for about an hour, allowing the plant to drink up the water from the drain hole below the roots. Always remove and empty the water dish when you are finished watering.

Step 7

Pinch off any dead stems or foliage.

Things You'll Need

  • Fluorescent light fixture
  • Watering can or dish


  • "Herbs"; James Crockett; 1977
  • "How to Grow Herbs"; Philip Edinger; 1975
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Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University of Fullerton.