How to Grow Container Herb Gardens for the Market


Growing herbs for the market is a lucrative way to make some extra income. For a herb business to grow, it's necessary to offer options to your customers. Make sure your herb containers are presented in different sizes and prices. Start on the small side during the first year of selling herb containers. This will give you a chance to see what sells and what your customers are looking for.

Step 1

Fill your seed trays with commercial potting soil leaving a ½-inch empty space at the top. These seed trays, found at nurseries and garden centers, are perfect for commercial seed growing, as they optimize space.

Step 2

Spray the soil with a water bottle mister. Do not over wet the soil--just spray enough to moisten. Stir the soil to distribute the moisture.

Step 3

Plant the herb seeds. Each type of herb will require a different seed planting depth. Follow the manufacturer's directions, located on the back of the seed packet. The company has done extensive testing to offer you the best planting suggestions. Poke a hole into the soil at the proper depth. Drop in the seed. Cover the hole with soil.

Step 4

Write the name of the herb on each tray or tray section.

Step 5

Cover the seed tray with clear kitchen plastic wrap to retain heat and moisture. Place the tray(s) in a sunny window. The room should be between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. When the herb seeds have germinated (sprouted), remove the plastic wrap.

Step 6

Transplant the herb seedlings when they are between 3 and 5 inches in height. Choose some different sizes of plastic nursery pots. Smaller pots will contain just one plant, while larger ones will have three or more plants. Include larger pots with a combination of herbs. Offer some nicer containers, such as terra cotta, wood or ceramic pots.

Things You'll Need

  • Herb seeds
  • Seed trays
  • Commercial potting soil
  • Water mister
  • Plastic wrap
  • Commercial plant containers
  • Decorative plant containers


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Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.