Indoor Herbs

A variety of herbs are suitable to grow indoors. An indoor herb garden conveniently places fresh herbs at your fingertips when preparing meals for your family. The keys to growing herbs indoors are adequate lighting, rich potting soil and regular watering. Place the herbs in a sunny window for them to get enough sunshine throughout the day.

Tarragon

Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) is an herb of the Compositae, or Asteraceae, (aster) family. Also known as French tarragon, serpentarian and estragon, tarragon is a good plant for an indoor herb garden, Plant it in a pot and place it in a window that receives full sun. Tarragon can grow up to 3 feet in height and is used in culinary dishes and in teas.

Parsley

A common component of an indoor herb garden, parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is a member of the Umbelliferae, or Apiaceae, (parsley or carrot) family. Parsley grows as a biennial or perennial, reaching up to 30 inches in height. Plant parsley from seed or dig up a plant from the outdoors near the end of the growing season. Place in a window that receives full sun.

Chives

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are another herb to add to your indoor herb garden. A member of the Liliaceae, or lily, family, chives are perennial bulbous plants that grow well indoors when placed in a very sunny window and keep the soil moist and rich. They grow to 12 inches in height, and they have purple blossoms. Grow chives from seeds or transplant chives from your outdoor garden to your indoor garden.

Basil

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an annual herb that belongs to the Labiatae, or Lamiaceae (mint) family. It makes an excellent pot herb to grow indoors. Basil requires rich, moist soil and full sun exposure. Use it to add a taste of the Mediterranean to your soups, salads and other culinary preparations.

Mint

Mint (Mentha spp.) is another welcomed addition to an indoor herb garden. The mints belong to the Labiatae, or Lamiaceae (mint) family, and they require rich, moist soil and a sunny window. The leaves and stem of mint are used fresh or dried as a tea or as a seasoning for culinary dishes.

Sage

Complete your indoor herb garden with sage. Sage (Salvia officinalis) is another member of the Labiatae, or mint, family that grows well when potted for an indoor garden. Sage is an evergreen perennial shrub whose leaves are used in culinary preparations and as a medicinal herb.

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Naima Manal’s articles on health, diet, nutrition, alternative medicine, education, parenting, crafts, travel, home and garden and home improvement have appeared on eHow, Garden Guides, Trails, ConnectED, Helium and others. Manal received her B.S. degree in biology/pre-medical studies from Molloy College in 1994 and has been a freelance writer, teacher and homeschooling mom since 1993.