What Herbs to Grow Indoors?

There are many advantages to growing herbs. Herbs can be used for dried flower arrangements, medicinal purposes, potpourri and as culinary ingredients. Herb growing is easy, and many herbs do exceptionally well indoors. The West Virginia University Extension Service recommends only growing annual herbs indoors.

Sweet Basil

Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) grows indoors in full sun locations. Basil requires a soil pH of 6 with some moisture. According to the West Virginia Extension Service, it is important to frequently to pinch leaves off of basil plants to prevent overgrowth. Overgrowth causes the plant to lose its flavor. The maximum height for this annual herb is approximately 18 inches. Clip and store basil in the freezer or dry for later use.


Dill (Anethum graveolens) is popular for flavoring pickles and meat dishes. This annual indoor herb propagates by seeds. The average height is 2 to 3 feet, and the plant requires staking to support plant stems. Harvest dill after flowers bloom. Dill needs full sun and a soil pH of 6.0 in well-drained soil. According to Home Remedies Guide, dill provides stomach and gastrointestinal upset relief for both children and adults. Chewing dill seeds treats halitosis.


Coriander (Coriandrum Sativum) requires full sun and organic soil for indoor growing. This annual indoor herb propagates well by seed. The average height is 2 feet tall. The West Virginia Extension Service recommends pinching coriander leaves when the plant reaches approximately 6 inches instead of allowing it to grow to average height. Coriander leaves and seeds emit a fairly strong perfume odor that makes the herb popular for dried flower arrangements and potpourri.

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