How to Grow Herbs in an Apartment


Apartment living does not mean giving up herb gardening. Coriandrum sativum (corriander), Anethum graveolens (dill) and Ocimum basilicum (sweet Basil) are among the popular herbs that grow well indoors. Growing herbs in an apartment provides fresh seasoning for culinary dishes year-round. Any apartment room can be decorated with flowers produced from herbs for potpourri or dried flower arrangements.

Step 1

Select one or more locations for the indoor herb potting containers. Most herbs require four to eight hours of sunlight or artificial plant grow lights for optimal growth. The location should have enough room to allow 6 inches of space between containers and room to set up plant grow lights.

Step 2

Fill each potting container 3/4 full with organic potting soil. Place one herb seedling in each container. Fill the remainder of the container with peat moss. Water the container until it drains from the bottom.

Step 3

Set up a plant grow light in your chosen location. Place each plant container under the grow light. Space the plant containers 6 to 10 inches apart to allow for air circulation.

Step 4

Fertilize the herbs monthly with fish emulsion. Leach pots every six months. Examine containers and transfer to larger pots every six months, if needed.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not overcrowd the herb growing area. Poor air circulation stunts herb growth and increases the potential for fungus and bacteria problems.

Things You'll Need

  • 6- to 8-inch planting containers
  • Organic potting soil
  • Herb seedlings
  • Peat moss
  • Plant grow lights
  • Fish emulsion


  • West Virginia University Extension Service: Growing Herbs in the Home Garden
  • PlantCare: Indoor Herb Gardens
  • AMagickGarden: Alphabetical Herb List With Growing Requirements

Who Can Help

  • TheGardeningEveryday: The Top Ten Herbs for Indoor Herb Gardens
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About this Author

Lisha Smith writes for several blogs and has freelanced for six years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from UNC-Greensboro in psychology. Smith has self-published several books. Her areas of experience include gardening, cooking, home improvement, pets and mental health.